MacKenzie Bezos Pledges to Give Half of Her Massive Fortune to Charity

Tine  STAR MAX  IPx 2019 3/4/18 Jeff Bezos and wife Mac Kenzie Bezos at The 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills CA

Jeff Bezos and then-wife MacKenzie Bezos at The 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, CA.

Bezos' is estimated by CNN to have a net worth of approximately $37 billion, having become one of the richest people in the world after her divorce settlement with her ex-husband.

Despite his position, Bezos has not signed the Giving Pledge as many of his billionaire peers have.

"In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share", MacKenzie Bezos said in a statement.

He has been criticized for this, and Twitter encouraged him to follow his ex-wife's lead after he tweeted his praise: "MacKenzie is going to be unbelievable and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I'm proud of her".

As one of the wealthiest women in the world - and the ex-wife of a billionaire who has not signed the Giving Pledge - Bezos is the most prominent name on the list of new signatories to the pledge.

MacKenzie Bezos said Tuesday she plans to give away at least half her massive fortune.

Under their agreement, Jeff Bezos received 75 percent of the couple's Amazon shares and retained voting authority for the remaining shares owned by MacKenzie Bezos. Her letter is so lovely.

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Oregon's richest man, Nike co-founder Phil Knight, has also pledged to give away most of his fortune.

"Tremendous value comes when people act quickly on the impulse to give", Bezos said in a letter posted on her website.

The initiative was launched by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010 and has so far attracted the support of 204 individuals and families. But I won't wait.

Jeff Bezos has not joined the Giving Pledge. In 2013, she founded Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organisation, for which she is the executive director.

During their marriage, Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos pledged to donate $2 billion to fund nonprofits that help homeless families and to create a network of preschools in low-income communities.

"A January Wired article took on the myth of the "lone genius" and the sexism present in the conversation around the Bezos" divorce.

Others included Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, Paul Sciarra, the co-founder of Pinterest and Brian Armstrong, the CEO of Coinbase, a cryptocurrency exchange.

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