MacKenzie Bezos has pledged to give away at least half of her $35 billion fortune to charity as part of a movement started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates.
MacKenzie Bezos became one of the world’s wealthiest individuals following her recent divorce from Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos.
Bezos joins Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, and Robert F. Smith on the list of donors to Bill Gates and Warren Buffett’s initiative.
In a letter published by Giving Pledge, Bezos writes of having “a disproportionate amount of money to share” and credits “an infinite series of influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand” for her wealth.
Bezos’ signature, alongside hedge fund billionaires David Harding and Paul Tudor Jones, Brian Armstrong chief executive of cryptocurrency company Coinbase, and WhatsApp’s co-founder Brian Acton, brings the total signatories to more than 200 people.
The Giving Pledge began in August 2010 when 40 of America’s wealthiest individuals made a commitment to give more than half of their wealth away. The scheme is described as an “open invitation for billionaires … to publicly dedicate the majority of their wealth to philanthropy”.
Although MacKenzie Bezos doesn’t list any particular causes she writes,
“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.”