MacKenzie Bezos Pledges to Donate Half Her $35 Billion Net Worth to Charity
"I have a disproportionate amount of money to share," Bezos said in a letter made public on Tuesday.
"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."
The Giving Pledge was created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2014, and the concept is relatively simple. The pledge is "an open invitation for billionaires, or those who would be if not for their giving, to publicly dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy."
Thus far, more than 200 individuals, couples, and families, including have signed the agreement, but one name missing from the list is MacKenzie's ex, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Then the world's richest couple, Jeff and MacKenzie announced their separation in January of this year in a joint statement on Twitter. And in early April, MacKenzie shared that she was "grateful to have finished the process of dissolving [her] marriage with Jeff.
In the statement, which she put out on Twitter, Mackenzie also outlined some financial information about their split. She will be giving her ex-husband her interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, the aerospace company he founded in 2000, as well as 75 percent of their previously shared Amazon stock.
Read her full statement here:
Jeff Bezos also issued a statement on April 4 saying that he is "grateful" to family and friends, and especially to MacKenzie for "reaching out with encouragement and love."
"I'm grateful for her support and for her kindness in this process and am very much looking forward to our new relationship as friends and co-parents," he wrote in the message, which was also shared on Twitter.
*This article originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com
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