After having already paid 1.7 billion dollars in July to a hundred organizations, MacKenzie Scott announced on the Medium web platform that it had paid more than 4 billion dollars to 384 associations during the last four months.
Beneficiary associations respond “Basic needs: food banks, emergency relief funds and support services for the most vulnerable. Others address long-term systemic inequalities that have been compounded by the crisis: debt relief, job training, credit and financial services for underfunded communities, education for the marginalized and disadvantaged, advocacy for civil rights and legal defense against institutional discrimination ”says MacKenzie Scott.
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This announcement, made on Tuesday, December 15, brings the total amount of its donations made public to approximately $ 6 billion.
The promise of a legacy of 36 billion
The pandemic was an opportunity for the billionaire to keep the promise she made in 2019 when businessman Warren Buffett and Microsoft founder Bill Gates encouraged billionaires around the world to donate more. half of their fortunes go to charities. MacKenzie Scott then promised to bequeath $ 36 billion.
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“This pandemic has been a wrecking ball in the lives of Americans. The economic losses and the health consequences have been worse for women, people of color and poor people. Meanwhile, the wealth of billionaires has increased dramatically “, underlines the billionaire on the Medium platform.
A fortune resulting from a divorce
MacKenzie Scott’s fortune stems in part from the economic fallout from her divorce from Jeff Bezos in 2019. She was able to earn $ 38 billion in Amazon shares. Its participation in the capital of the multinational e-commerce company is proving fruitful. The value of Amazon shares has risen sharply since the start of the pandemic which confirmed the boom in e-commerce.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Rankings, MacKenzie Scott is the 18th richest person on the planet with a fortune estimated at $ 60.7 billion.