Mackenzie Bezos, the former billionaire wife of Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos, has pledged this week to cede half of her fortune to charity.
Bezos, who divorced Jeff at the beginning of this year, is the latest signatory to the ‘Giving Pledge’, an initiative started by Gates and Buffett asking the super-rich of the world who donate or leave half of their fortunes to charity.
Jeff Bezos is currently the richest man in the world, with an estimated fortune of about $ 131 billion (£103 billion) from his Amazon empire.
In an open letter declaring his decision, Mackenzie Bezos said: “I have No doubt that tremendous value occurs when people act quickly in the impulse to give. No impulse has more positive effects than the desire to be at the service.”
“There are many resources that each of us can draw from our safes to share with others: time, attention, knowledge, patience, creativity, talent, effort, humor, compassion.
“And, indeed, something bigger rises every time we give: the easy breathing of a friend we sat with when we had other plans, the relief in our child’s face when we shared the story of our own mistake, the laughter in the well … the timed joke we tell someone who’s crying, the excitement of the kids at the school we sent the books to, the safety of families sleeping in the shelters we fund.
“These immediate results are only the beginning. Its value continues to multiply and spread in a way that we may never know.”
Each of us comes with gifts that we can offer an endless series of influences and successes that we can never fully understand.
“In addition to the assets that life has fed on me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share.
“My focus on philanthropy will continue to be reflective. It will take time, effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I’ll keep it until the safe is empty.”
Next to Bezos, there are currently 204 people who have enrolled in Giving Pledge.
Among them are a variety of incredibly rich people, such as Middle Eastern royalty and members of the Russian oligarchy.
In addition to those, there are some more recognizable names, such as Michael Bloomberg, Facebook owner Mark Zuckerberg, Virgin Supreme, Richard Branson, and Tesla owner Elon Musk.s immediate results are only the beginning. Its value continues to multiply and spread in a way that we may never know.”
The pledge was launched in 2010 as “an attempt to help solve the most pressing problems of society by inviting the world’s richest people and families to commit themselves to give more than half of their wealth to charity or charitable causes, either during their lives or at will.”