What is MacKenzie Scott's net worth? Jeff Bezos' ex donates $2.7B to 286 causes
MacKenzie Scott announced on June 15 that she has donated $2.7 billion to 286 organizations, her third round of multi-billion charity in under a year
Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos' ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist, who is known for her impromptu multi-billion dollar donations to charities is in the news for her philanthropic spree once again. Scott announced on June 15 that she has donated $2.7 billion to 286 organizations. This is Scott's third round of philanthropic announcements in under a year. In 2020, she made two similar announcements where she donated about $6 billion to COVID relief, gender equity, historically Black colleges and universities, and other schools.
Scott wrote in a Medium post that she made the donations to enable the organizations to continue their work and as a "signal of trust and encouragement" to them and others. She mentioned in her announcement that she is troubled by the 'increasing concentration of wealth among a small proportion of individuals.' Scott further said that she worked with a team of researchers and philanthropy advisors "to give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change." Having made several multi-billion donations since her split from Amazon founder, Bezos, here's all you need to know about Scott's net worth.
The list of recipients of Scott's massive donation varied from universities to refugee resettlement groups, to arts and culture organizations. Among them is Brazosport College in Lake Jackson and Project Row Houses, a non-profit arts community in Houston's Third Ward. San Jacinto College in Pasadena will also receive $30 million from Scott, the largest private gift in the college's history. In Scott's blog post, she explained that she looked for "2- and 4-year institutions successfully educating students who come from communities that have been chronically underserved." She wrote, "In this effort, we are governed by a humbling belief that it would be better if disproportionate wealth were not concentrated in a small number of hands and that the solutions are best designed and implemented by others."
'MacKenzie Scott is the coolest billionaire'
As MacKenzie Scott goes on her third impromptu philanthropic spree in under a year, Internet hailed her as the 'coolest billionaire'. One user wrote, "I’ll say it again. Billionaires shouldn’t exist, but MacKenzie Scott is the coolest one." One user took a dig at Jeff Bezos and wrote, "Jeff must be so angry that his money is being given away to those who need it most." One user commented, "She's amazing, I wish jeff did the same." Another user tweeted, "Is MacKenzie Scott going to end up as the most influential philanthropist ever?"
I’ll say it again. Billionaires shouldn’t exist, but MacKenzie Scott is the coolest one.— Alan G. Brake (@AlanGBrake) June 15, 2021
Jeff must be so angry that his money is being given away to those who need it most.— Si (@WinLunGSD) June 15, 2021
she's amazing, I wish jeff did the same...— Deja Vu (@Quarrantine2020) June 15, 2021
Is MacKenzie Scott going to end up as the most influential philanthropist ever?— Eldest Flannery (@JTFlans) June 15, 2021
MacKenzie Scott's net worth
MacKenzie Scott, formerly known as MacKenzie Bezos is an American novelist, philanthropist and activist. She was married to Bezos from 1993 to 2019. The couple has four children together. When Scott legally separated from the Amazon CEO in 2019, she was given a four percent stake in Amazon, worth around $38 billion at the time. On July 13, 2020, with Amazon breaking $3,300 a share, Scott for the first time became the richest woman in the world. However, she did not hold on to the title for the full day as, by the end of the trading day, Amazon had sunk down several percentages. According to Celebrity Net Worth, Scott's net worth is estimated to be around $53 billion as of 2021.