Billionaire Mackenzie Scott gives away £2bn more

Billionaire Mackenzie Scott gives away £2bn more
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Daily US Times: Billionaire MacKenzie Scott has donated another $2.7bn (£1.9bn) to a range of charities.

Ms Scott, ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, said in a blog post that she wanted to give the money to those “that have been historically underfunded and overlooked”.

She wrote that she had chosen 286 organisations working on racial inequality, education and the arts.

Mackenzie Scott is one of the world’s richest women.

Much of her fortune comes from her 2019 divorce from Jeff Bezos, who is currently the world’s richest man.

As part of the deal, MacKenzie Scott ended up with 4% of Amazon’s shares, having helped Mr Bezos start the technology giant in 1994.

She has since posted about her charitable donations, such as in December, when she revealed she had donated more than $4bn in just four months to women-led charities, Black colleges and food banks.

Despite the size of these donations, according to Forbes, she is still the world’s 22nd-richest person, worth $59.5bn.

In her most recent blog post on Tuesday, Ms Scott said again that she was keen to redistribute her wealth, having worked with a team of researchers and her new husband, science teacher Dan Jewett, to pick who to donate to.

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.”

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