Early this year, the world was shocked to learn that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos was divorcing his wife of more than two dozen years, MacKenzie. Bezos, 55, and his ex-wife, 49, share four children together.
The couple, who reportedly ended on good terms, did eventually reach a settlement regarding Bezos’ billion-dollar empire. According to NBC News, MacKenzie gave Bezos all of her interests in The Washington Post (owned by Bezos) and she walked away with roughly $37 billion.
Recent reports confirmed what MacKenzie decided to do with her billion-dollar fortune. She joined The Giving Pledge — an organization started by the Gates and Warren Buffet encouraging billionaires to donate more than half of their funds to charity.
"I have no doubt that tremendous value comes when people act quickly on the impulse to give. No drive has more positive ripple effects than the desire to be of service. There are lots of resources each of us can pull from our safes to share with others — time, attention, knowledge, patience, creativity, talent, effort, humor, compassion," MacKenzie said in a written statement.
“And sure enough, something greater rises up everytime we give,” she added.
"In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share. My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty," she concluded.
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