The newly divorced billionaire MacKenzie Bezos promises to give half of her fortune $ 37 billion to charity
The newly divorced billionaire MacKenzie Bezos promises to give half of her $ 37 billion in assets to charity and says she will have a & # 39; has
- MacKenzie has signed The Giving Pledge, a club of & # 39; the world's richest people who have vowed to give away half or more of their money
- She wrote in her promise that she & # 39; disproportionate amount of money & # 39; had to share
- She won less than half the fortune of her Amazon founder in their divorce
- They negotiated privately, taking four percent from Amazon – a $ 37 billion bet
- While Bill and Melissa Gates are members of The Giving Pledge, Jeff Bezos is not
- His 25-year marriage with MacKnezie ended in January when his romance with Lauren Sanchez was revealed
MacKenzie Bezos has promised to give away more than half of its $ 37 billion divorce agreement from its founder-husband from Amazon.
Last week, she signed The Giving Pledge, an organization for the world's richest people, where they sign up to donate half or more of their fortune.
While Bill and Melissa Gates are both registered, Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, is not.
In her promise last week, MacKenzie said that she had & # 39; a disproportionate amount to share & # 39 ;.
MacKenzie Bezos received $ 37 billion in her divorce from Jeff Bezos. She gives away half of it
MacKenzie, who is an author, wrote on her page about The Giving Pledge that she has a disproportionate amount of money to share & # 39;
& # 39; We all come through the gifts we have to offer through an infinite series of influences and happiness vacations that we can never fully understand.
& # 39; In addition to what life has cherished in me, I have a disproportionate amount to share.
& # 39; My approach to philanthropy will remain thoughtful. It will take time and effort and worry. But I won't wait.
& # 39; And I will continue until the safe is empty & # 39 ;, she wrote.
MaCkenzie got 25 percent of her and Jeff & # 39; s joint interest in Amazon when they closed their divorce.
It was less than the 50 percent she was entitled to and she gave her ex-husband voting control over her shares.
She didn't talk about their divorce except to say she was relieved it was settled.
Jeff Bezos, pictured with his new girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, is not part of the promise. He is the only American in the top five richest people in the world not to be part of it
MacKenzie also did not make any public comments about the circumstances surrounding their split.
The couple announced that they had split up in a different way when Jeff's affair with Lauren Sanchez, a married former TV personality, was revealed.
They did not confirm exactly when it started and whether there was a crossover between igniting their romance and the end of their marriage.
Lauren was married to Hollywood mega agent Patrick Whitesell who introduced her to Bezos.
She and Jeff stay together and recently broke their cover after being separated for months while negotiating their divorces and staggering for the scandal they caused.
Although Jeff is the only American in & # 39; the world's top five richest people who doesn't join The Giving Pledge, he has launched his own charity initiatives.
Among them is a $ 2 million fund to help homeless and struggling families.
THE TEAM OF MACKENZIE
When I thought of the Giving Pledge, my mind kept looking for the folds for a passage I once read about writing, something about not saving our best ideas for later chapters, about how they are used now.
I found it this morning on a shelf of my university books, towards the end of Annie Dillard's The Writing Life. It was underlined and played like all the words that have inspired me the most over the years, words that were felt in context, and also true in life:
"Do not collect what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book … The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. There will be something more for later come up, something better … Everything that you do not give freely and abundantly, is lost for you. You open your vault and find ashes. "
I have no doubt that enormous value will arise when people respond quickly to the impulse to give. No ride has more positive ripple effects than the desire to be of service. There are many resources that each of us can take from our vaults to share with others – time, attention, knowledge, patience, creativity, talent, effort, humor, compassion. And indeed, every time we give, something greater rises: the easy breathing of a friend we sit down with when we have other plans, the relief on the face of our child when we share the story of our own mistake, laughing at we tell the well-timed joke to someone who cries, the excitement of the children in the school to which we send books, the safety of the families who sleep in the shelter that we finance. These immediate results are just the beginning. Their value continues to multiply and spread in ways we may never know.
We all come through the gifts we have to offer through an infinite series of influences and happiness vacations that we can never fully understand. In addition to what life has cherished in me, I have a disproportionate amount to share. My approach to philanthropy will remain well thought out. It will take time and effort and worry. But I won't wait. And I will continue until the safe is empty.
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