Jeff Bezos' ex-wife MacKenzie Scott has already gained a reputation as one of the most generous women in the world - but her latest donation might be her most charitable yet ...
Mackenzie Scott's charity work has been a hot topic recently.
But this $8 million donation has truly touched the internet's heart.
We all know that Jeff Bezos is a pretty controversial guy...
via: GettyBut what about the people close to him?
Well, it seems that some of those who are closest to the "centibillionaire" actually don't share some of his values...
via: GettyMacKenzie Scott, his ex-wife, decided she was going to make a positive impact on the world and her most recent move has brought a tear to people's eyes...
Now, we all know that her ex, Jeff Bezos, is the wealthiest man in the world.
via: GettyThe title all of us dream of one day acquiring, let's be honest!
For years now, Bezos has been topping the official list of our world's billionaires...
via: GettyThe only man close to matching Bezos' eye-watering net worth is Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, who is worth around $114 billion.
First thing's first... Where does Bezos' wealth come from?
via: GettyNobody is born with that kind of money, so where did it all start?
Bezos always held a huge passion for computers and went on to study computer science and electrical engineering at Princeton University.
The birth of Amazon.com changed everything for Bezos.
via: GettyThe initial success of the online store was staggering. Within the first thirty days, Amazon.com had sold books all across the United States, and across forty-five foreign countries.
And the online retailer only went from strength to strength.
via: GettyIn the mere years following from its launch, Amazon.com began stocking a wider variety of products, such as electronics, clothing, and toys, making it the number one online retailer.
It's yearly earnings just kept on multiplying...
via: GettyAnd, as of August this year, the company alone has been reported to be worth $1000B.
Bezos' accomplishment with Amazon is staggering...
via: GettyAnd he didn't stop there. In 2013, Bezos revealed that he had purchased the Washington Post, which he has since made profitable with a revenue of over $100 million.
Bezos has embarked on many ambitious quests in his career.
via: GettyIn May last year, he proudly unveiled Amazon's "Blue Moon," his very own lunar lander project which will hopefully "help man get onto the moon."
But, despite all of his success...
via: GettyBezos has faced a significant amount of controversy regarding his work ethics and spending habits.
It has been revealed that Bezos provides a shockingly low standard of working conditions for his employees.
via: GettyOver the last couple of years, more and more stories of Amazon workers being forced to work unethical hours for ridiculously low wages - as little as $10 an hour, in some instances - have been emerging.
Oh, and Amazon paid $0 in federal taxes in 2018.
via: GettyDespite the retailer being one of the most valuable companies in the world, and pulling in $232.9 billion in global revenue in 2018, they paid absolutely nothing in federal tax that year. Doesn't look great for the wealthiest man in the world, does it?
But, regardless of all the controversy surrounding the business tycoon...
via: GettyBezos still remains one of the most powerful men in the world, and a little tax evasion and unethical labor definitely won't be fazing him anytime soon.
But what does this say about those who are close to him?
via: GettyBezos is currently engaged to TV host Lauren Sanchez, who seems to enjoy the finer things in life just like her insanely wealthy fiance.
But in 2019, Bezos split from his wife of twenty-five years, MacKenzie Scott.
via: GettyEven though Bezos insisted that their decision to separate and divorce was a mutual one and that they have remained very close friends, it seems as if MacKenzie has some different views to the man she was married to for so long.
Because she has just announced that in the last 4 months, she has donated $4.1 billion to hundreds of organizations as part of a giving pledge she announced last year.
via: GettyThe author and philanthropist announced her pandemic-era philanthropy in a Medium post and described the coronavirus pandemic as "a wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling" - noting that it is has been worse for women, people of color, and those living in poverty.
"Meanwhile, it has substantially increased the wealth of billionaires."
Inspired by the work of these teams and so many others this year: https://t.co/TlMe3wP4UQ— MacKenzie Scott (@MacKenzie Scott)1608052341.0
But believe it or not, MacKenzie has actually been declared as the eighteenth wealthiest person in the world.
https://t.co/OJWn3OOLS6— MacKenzie Scott (@MacKenzie Scott)1554397809.0
But obviously, MacKenzie is interested in using her insane wealth to make a difference.
via: GettyAfter donating $1.68 billion to 116 nonprofits, universities, community development groups, and legal organizations in July, she asked a team of advisers to help her "accelerate" her 2020 giving with immediate help to those financially gutted by the pandemic.
MacKenzie and her team started with 6,490 organizations...
via: GettyThey then researched 822 and put 438 "on hold for now," waiting for more details about their impact, management, and how they treat employees or community members. In total, 384 organizations in fifty states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., will share $4,158,500,000 in gifts, including food banks, emergency relief funds "and support services for those most vulnerable."
And Mackenzie's latest donation?
It was to Turtle Mountain Community College in Belcourt in North Dakota.
It's one of the first tribal colleges ever developed in the United States, designed "to serve the educational needs of tribal citizens and provide the workforce that is needed on the reservation."
Donna Brown, college president, told Slate "I happened to be driving at the time. I almost had to pull over the side of the road. My jaw dropped. The most we'd received prior to this was $300,000. So to get $8 million was mind-blowing. I didn't know if it was real."
The college is planning to use the money to begin funding a master's program.
The college currently has 500 students and about 95 percent of those are Native American.
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