Jeff Bezos’s ex-wife MacKenzie Scott becomes the wealthiest woman alive

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MacKenzie Scott, the philanthropist, and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos is the richest woman in the world following a recent tech stock surge during the Coronavirus lockdown.

She is now the 12th richest person and the No. 1 wealthiest woman in the world, sitting one place ahead of L’Oréal heiress Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, who previously held the distinction.

Scott, who owns a 4 percent stake in the e-commerce giant, has added another $30.3 billion to her bank balance in the last year, taking her net worth to a staggering $67.4 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

In 2019, her fortune was estimated at $36 billion based on Amazon’s share price at the time. In her separation from Bezos, Scott retained 25% of the couple’s stock in Amazon, or about a 4% stake in the entire company.

The recent tech stock tear has increased the wealth of her ex-husband Jeff Bezos, the richest man in the world, to $205 billion, making him the first person in history to be worth more than $200 billion.

In July,  Scott revealed details of some of her charitable commitments, totaling $1.7 billion given over the prior year.

Those donations included historic gifts to historically Black Colleges and universities, and she has also signed the Giving Pledge, a commitment among the wealthy to give away a significant portion of their money over their lifetimes—a notable decision because, in contrast to many couples who make the pledge together, Scott did so independently of her former husband, who has not made the same promise.

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