MacKenzie Scott, whose estimated fortune is around $ 60 billion, announced today via a Medium article that she will part with a $ 2.7 billion portion of that wealth and distribute it to 286 bands, all of which are painstakingly named and linked at the end of his note.
This third and final donation brings Scott’s total charitable contributions to society to around $ 8.5 billion in the past year alone, making her one of the most generous billionaires on the planet. The amount puts it well ahead of the lifetime giveaways handed out by Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg ($ 2.7 billion), Michael Dell of his eponymous IT company ($ 2.25 billion), Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer (1, $ 4 billion) or eBay’s Pierre Omidyar ($ 1.3 billion), according to Forbes.
Jeff Bezos, currently the richest man in the world, has rarely appeared on similar lists of the most charitable donors. He topped the list in 2020 by pledging $ 20 billion to a climate change fund that bears his name but has, based on the most recent reports, distributed less than 4% of that amount.
Scott was married to Bezos from 1993 to 2019. She left the relationship with a significant share of Amazon stock.
Scott, who “probably set a record for the greatest annual distribution by a living person” last year, according to Bloomberg, is also known for its no-obligation approach to giving. “We believe that experienced teams on the front line of challenges will best use the money wisely,” wrote Scott and her husband Dan Jewett, science professor, “we have encouraged them to spend it as they see fit. . ”
Like other wealthy notables, Scott signed the Giving Pledge, which – though not legally binding – is a public pledge that at least half of his wealth will be distributed to charity, while he is alive or at the time of his life. his death. Although in Scott’s case, his most pressing problem might be figuring out how to give his wealth away fairly quickly (while still being thoughtful and responsible for giving it away). “It would be better if disproportionate wealth weren’t concentrated in a few hands,” Scott wrote in his Medium article.
As Scott continues to invest in making the planet a better place for humans to live, a growing number of his peers seem intent on fleeing the place altogether.