Most billionaires aren’t super relatable (can we really trust people who can afford to buy whole countries?) but it looks like Mackenzie Bezos has at least one thing in common with the rest of us—she thinks $36.6 BILLION is too much money for one person. Cool. Same. In order to rectify the situation after the settlement from her divorce from Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos left her the fourth-wealthiest woman in the world, she’s vowed to donate at least half of it to charity.
“I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” she said in a letter about her decision. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”
In order to do that, Bezos has signed onto The Giving Pledge, an organization which encourages “the world’s wealthiest individuals and families to commit more than half of their wealth to philanthropy or charitable causes either during their lifetime or in their will.” The group was established by mega-billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010. As of Mackenzie’s signing, the pledge has 204 signatories from 30 countries.
Mackenzie clearly has a lot of support on this, even Jeff sent some love to his ex-wife.
MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her. Her letter is so beautiful. Go get ‘em MacKenzie. https://t.co/S2gLLBQyRQ
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) May 28, 2019
As far as philanthropy goes, donating half your billions isn’t bad. We’re still not sure what you would do with $18.3 billion, but she’ll figure it out. Maybe she’ll put more of it into her anti-bullying foundation, Bystander Revolution, which offers crowdsourced advice for dealing with bullying and combating bullying culture.