MacKenzie Scott is the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon.com Inc., the world’s richest person with $176.6 billion fortune. This 50 year-old is herself world’s 22nd-richest women with a net worth of $53.5 million, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index. She has married Dan Jewett, a Seattle Science teacher at the private Lakeside School, who has declared he plans to give away most of their wealth to charity. They signaled their marriage on the website for the Giving Pledge, the movement created by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett to encourage and support billionaire philanthropy.
Jewett under Scott’s page on the pledge’s website wrote, “In a stroke of happy coincidence, I am married to one of the most generous and kind person I know – and joining her in a commitment to pass on an enormous financial wealth to serve others.”
Jewett has been a teacher for the majority of his life and has never “sought to gather the kid of wealth required” for donating to the charity. Since her divorce with Bezos in 2019, Scott has become one of the most important philanthropists of her generation. Last year she gave away almost $6 billion, which is probably a record annual distribution for a living person. The money went to small charities and institutions such as historically Black colleges, those that don’t actually benefit from billionaire largesse. She confessed to asking her team to figure out how to give away her money faster last year on Medium.
Scott had said that her approach to philanthropy would be “thoughtful” but she would keep at it “until the safe is empty.”
Jewett said that recognizing how much he had to learn from others led him to a partner who is similarly inclined. “We are united in that understanding and the excitement for all we have to learn from so many people working in service of others,” he wrote.
The Wall Street Journal first reported on this marriage. Bezos in a statement through an Amazon spokesman said, “Dan is such a great guy, and I am happy and excited for the both of them.”