Mackenzie Bezos Biography
MacKenzie S. Tuttle Bezos (born April 7, 1970) is an American novelist and billionaire. She is the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, to whom she was married from 1993 until their divorce in 2019. In 2014, she founded the anti-bullying organization Bystander Revolution, where she serves as executive director.
#MacKenzie #Bezos, worth nearly $37 billion, has promised to give at least half of her fortune to #charity, just months after finalizing her divorce from the world’s richest man, #JeffBezos.https://t.co/zEiEgGoZII
— Akanksha Sharma (@Akanksha918) May 28, 2019
In 1993, MacKenzie Tuttle married Jeff Bezos, who later became the founder and CEO of Amazon, making them the richest couple in the world. They announced their intent to divorce in January 2019. In April 2019, she announced on Twitter that she had reached a $35 billion divorce settlement, making her the third richest woman in the world.
MacKenzie S. Tuttle was born on April 7, 1970, in San Francisco, California, to a financial planner father and a homemaker mother. In 1988, she graduated from Hotchkiss School in Connecticut.
Tuttle earned her bachelor’s degree in English at Princeton University with highest honors in 1992. She studied under writer Toni Morrison, who said Tuttle was “one of the best students I’ve ever had in my creative writing classes.”
In 1992, MacKenzie worked for Jeff Bezos at D. E. Shaw, a New York City hedge fund. They married in 1993, and moved to Seattle in 1994. They have four children: three sons, and one daughter adopted from China.
In 2014, MacKenzie founded Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying organization, where she serves as executive director.
On January 9, 2019, MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos announced via Twitter that they would divorce. On April 4, 2019, the divorce was finalized, with Jeff Bezos keeping 75% of Amazon stock and MacKenzie getting $35.6 billion in Amazon stock. She is now the third-richest woman in the world, as well as one of the wealthiest overall.
Mackenzie Bezos Giving Pledge
MacKenzie Bezos, who received more than $35 billion in her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has signed the Giving Pledge, making a commitment to give more than half her fortune to charity or philanthropic causes.
MacKenzie Bezos has signed the Giving Pledge, making a commitment to give more than half of her fortune to charity or philanthropic causes.
She received more than $35 billion in her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.https://t.co/Z0o3nnhLke
— NPR (@NPR) May 28, 2019
“We each come by the gifts we have to offer by an infinite series of influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand,” Bezos wrote in a letter announcing her pledge. “In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share.”
As one of the wealthiest women in the world — and the ex-wife of a billionaire who has not signed the Giving Pledge — Bezos is the most prominent name on the list of new signatories to the pledge.
Jeff Bezos celebrated the news, saying via Twitter, “MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her.”
Discussing her pledge, MacKenzie Bezos, a novelist, quoted from Annie Dillard’s The Writing Life:
“Do not hoard what seems good for a later place in the book, or for another book… The impulse to save something good for a better place later is the signal to spend it now. Something more will arise for later, something better… Anything you do not give freely and abundantly becomes lost to you. You open your safe and find ashes.”
By signing the Giving Pledge, wealthy benefactors promise to give away more than half their assets, either during their life or after their death. The group does not require donors to name the organizations or causes they plan to support with the bulk of their fortunes.
Bezos said she will give careful thought to how she distributes the money. And in what may be a sign that she intends to far exceed the pledge’s requirement of giving away more than half her money, she added, “It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”
Kudos to @mackenziebezos. I hope some of the new #GivingPledge signatories will become active in giving on climate change. If we don’t speed action now what are we waiting for and what nature will we have left to sustain us? #SDGs #ClimateActionSummit https://t.co/q78pCPPEsa
— Rachel Kyte (@rkyte365) May 28, 2019
According to the National Public Radio News Article, In the past, Bezos has backed several social and charity initiatives, from funding research into cancer and Alzheimer’s disease to pushing for marriage equality. And she’s currently the executive director of the Bystander Revolution, an anti-bullying group she founded in 2013.
In late 2018, Bezos and her then-husband announced they would spend $2 billion to support homeless families. And they gave millions to TheDream.US, which offers college scholarships for undocumented immigrants brought to the U.S. as minors.
Giving Pledge History/Start
The Giving Pledge was started in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett. And while it has been praised as giving very public inspiration to anyone who wants to help others, the pledge has also been criticized for lacking a legal enforcement tool.