MacKenzie Bezos to Give at Least Half Her $36 Billion, to Charity

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Jeff & MacKenzie Bezos

When you divorce Jeff Bezos, it sometimes creates some predicaments.  You might ask yourself questions like ‘what do I tell the press?’ or ‘will this news hurt the stock of the fastest growing company in history’, and, ‘what do I do with my ex-husbands $36.6 billion dollars?’

McKenzie Bezos, America’s freshest billionaire, announced that she signed the Giving Pledge, which encourages the world’s richest people to dedicate a majority of their wealth to charitable causes, either during their lifetimes or in their wills.  The Giving Pledge was launched by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010 and has so far attracted the support of 204 individuals and families.

Bezos was the richest man alive (before his divorce) and funny enough, he gave very little to charity himself.  But now that the ink on the world’s most expensive divorce is dry, his ex-wife plans to give back.

McKenzie Bezos said in a press release:  “I have a disproportionate amount of money to share.”… “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,” she said in the letter, which was dated May 25 and published Tuesday.

No word yet on which charities stand to benefit.

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