Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott marries her kids’ school teacher
Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has married a science teacher at her children’s school, two years after her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Ms. Scott, one of the world’s wealthiest women worth an estimated $53 billion, divorced the Amazon.com Inc. founder in 2019 after 25 years of marriage.
The mother of four has given away more than $4bn (£2.9bn) of her fortune. She has devoted much of her donations on women-led charities, food banks and Black colleges.
Ms Scott was married to Mr Bezos for 25 years and helped him start Amazon in 1994. She is also the author of two novels. Now, she’s married to Dan Jewett.
At the time of their divorce in 2019, Mr. Bezos was the wealthiest person in the world, with his stake of more than 16% of Amazon. Ms Scott received 4% of Amazon’s shares as part of their divorce settlement.
Her Amazon author page now says that she “lives in Seattle with her four children and her husband, Dan.” He teaches at the prestigious school attended by her children.
Dan Jewett recently signed up for the charitable commitment with his wife MacKenzie Scott.
“It is strange to be writing a letter indicating I plan to give away the majority of my wealth during my lifetime, as I have never sought to gather the kind of wealth required to feel like saying such a thing would have particular meaning,” Mr Jewett’s post said.
The pledge was started by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett in 2010. Mr Bezos hasn’t joined the pledge.
“In a stroke of happy coincidence, I am married to one of the most generous and kind people I know – and joining her in a commitment to pass on an enormous financial wealth to serve others,” Mr Jewett added in his Giving Pledge letter.
The news of her marriage to Dan Jewett was revealed via the Giving Pledge philanthropy website.
“Dan is such a great guy, and I am happy and excited for the both of them,” Mr. Bezos said in a statement.
Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott communal property divorce in 2019 left Scott with US$35.6 billion in Amazon stock while her ex-husband retained 75% of the couple’s Amazon stock.
She became the third wealthiest woman in the world and one of the wealthiest people overall in April 2019. This is how MacKenzie Scott got rich.
MacKenzie Scott and Jeff Bezos divorced in 2019 after 25 years of marriage. Soon after that, she began giving away chunks of her fortune to social causes.