Author, philanthropist, and ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, the man behind Amazon.com, MacKenzie Scott hails from the United States.
After graduating from college, she continued to train and conduct research under the renowned author and Nobel winner Toni Morrison as she earned her degree in English. The “American Book Award” for “Outstanding Literary Achievement” in 2006 recognized her work.
The careers of MacKenzie Scott and Jeff Bezos have been mutually incredibly supportive. Brad Stone’s book The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon received her one-star rating, which highlighted the shortcomings she felt prevented the book from accurately portraying her husband’s company.
Together, Jeff and MacKenzie had four kids, and they divorced in 2019. She pledged to donate at least half of her wealth to charity and supports a number of nonprofit organizations. She wed Dan Jewitt, a high school teacher, in 2021.
Who is MacKenzie Scott?
While working for Jeff Bezos at the New York City hedge fund firm DE Shaw, MacKenzie Scott got to know him. They had a brief courtship before falling in love and being married in 1993. They subsequently relocated to Seattle, Washington.
Her husband began his online marketing business here, from which he ultimately created Amazon.com, the largest online store in the world. Three sons and an adopted girl make up their family.
The couple declared their separation intentions in January 2019, and on April 4, 2019, their divorce became final. MacKenzie Scott became the third richest woman in the world after receiving 25% of Amazon shares as part of the divorce settlement, which at the time was worth $35.6 billion.
She married high school science teacher Dan Jewitt in 2021, and the two currently reside in Seattle together with their four kids.
While the pair was still eligible for The Newlywed Game, the whirlwind union of wealthy philanthropist MacKenzie Scott and a Seattle high school science teacher came to an end.
When Did She Got Divorced from Her Husband?
According to court documents obtained by the Wall Street Journal, Scott, who was originally married to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos—the second richest person in the world, permanently trailing Elon Musk—has filed for divorce from her second husband, Dan Jewett.
Early in 2021, the couple married and made a public announcement that they would both donate her enormous wealth. On Monday, Scott petitioned the King County Superior Court in Washington State for the dissolution of his marriage to Jewett. Property distribution is governed by a separation agreement.
Jewett, who did not challenge the divorce, had previously taught science at the prestigious Lakeside School in Seattle, which the Bezos kids had attended.
Scott has donated billions since divorcing the online retail tycoon in 2019, ending a 25-year marriage. She also signed the Giving Pledge in 2019, a movement started by Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, in which obscenely wealthy individuals pledge to donate the majority of their riches to charitable organizations.
Given that “several of the organizations that received gifts since Ms. Scott and Mr. Jewett’s marriage thanked both of them,” the Wall Street Journal reports, it is clear that Scott and Jewett were working together to disperse the funds.
— MacKenzie Scott (@mackenziescott) April 4, 2019
In contrast, as the New York Times notes, “new recipients thank her alone; in the past, grateful groups that had gotten funds from Ms. Scott and Mr. Jewett thanked them combined.”
Scott recently gave a nearby non-profit group $55 million in the form of two Beverly Hills mansions. She donated $5.7 billion in 2020 and then $2.7 billion the following year.
Scott reportedly gave $3.86 billion to 465 organizations in less than a year, including Planned Parenthood and Habitat for Humanity, according to a March investigation.
According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Scott has a net worth of $28.9 billion, ranking her as the 39th richest person in the world as of February of this year. Scott had roughly 2.9 percent ownership of Amazon at that time.
Although Scott declines interview requests, the philanthropist has written about her thoughts on philanthropy. In a letter to the Giving Pledge that was made public in May 2019, Scott stated, “I have a disproportionate quantity of money to share.”
My philanthropic strategy will remain deliberate. It will require patience, diligence, and attention. But I won’t hold off. And I’ll continue doing it until the safe is emptied.