New York – In line with Warren Buffett and the couple Bill and Melinda Gates, MacKenzie Bezos pledged on Tuesday to donate the majority of his fortune to charities after his successful divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
“I have a disproportionate amount of money to share“said Mrs. Bezos, 49, almost six months after the news of their separation which made her one of the richest women in the world.
His decision was formalized on Tuesday on the website of the “Giving Pledge“, or “Promise of donation“, a philanthropic initiative launched in 2010 by US billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates, encouraging wealthy people around the world to donate more than half of their wealth to charity, during their lifetime or upon their death.
Among the 200 or so wealthy signatories of “Giving Pledge“, we find Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, investor Bill Ackman and Robert Smith, an American businessman who recently caused a sensation by announcing the repayment of student loans of hundreds of students at Morehouse University, in the USA.
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A major missing from this list: Jeff Bezos himself, the world’s number one fortune according to Forbes magazine. The billionaire, however, unveiled in September the launch of a two billion dollar investment fund aimed at providing assistance to homeless families and the education of poor communities.
As of Tuesday, his fortune was estimated at some $ 151 billion. Even after his share is paid to MacKenzie at the divorce, he should still be the richest man in the world.
The billionaire, who claims to have kept an excellent relationship with Ms. Bezos, congratulated her on her gesture on Tuesday: “MacKenzie is going to be amazing, thoughtful and effective in philanthropy, and I’m proud of her“, he wrote on Twitter.
Philanthropy is a classic among American billionaires. It can also allow them to reduce their taxes.
– MacKenzie Tuttle –
After 25 years of marriage and four children with Jeff Bezos, Ms. Bezos announced in April that she would keep 25% of the shares they owned together, or 4% of the capital of Amazon. Which was about $ 36 billion. MacKenzie Bezos, currently in divorce proceedings, had also conceded all of the couple’s voting rights on Amazon to his former companion.
However, the Forbes ranking of the world’s largest fortunes does not yet include it in its list, pending the official pronouncement of the divorce. This should make her the third richest woman in the world according to Forbes, behind the French Françoise Bettencourt-Meyers, heir to L’Oréal ($ 49.3 billion), and the American Alice Walton, descendant of the founders of Walmart supermarkets ($ 44.4 billion).
MacKenzie Tuttle, by his birth name, had met Jeff Bezos in 1992, before he founded what has become an e-commerce colossus and sprawling empire also present in cloud computing (the “cloud“), among others. Amazon is now worth more than $ 900 billion on the stock market.
The announcement of their separation in January was followed a few weeks later by a dark affair of publication, by a weekly scandal, of passionate texts exchanged between Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez, a former TV presenter with whom he had a relationship. extra marital.
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In her text published Tuesday, MacKenzie Bezos says she does not intend to stop there in her philanthropic projects. “It will take time, and effort, and attention. But I won’t wait. And I will continue until the safe is empty“she wrote.