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MacKenzie Bezosbecame one of the wealthiest people in the world when she divorced Amazon founderJeff Bezosin January 2019, and shes using her incredible wealth for good. TheTrapsauthor, 49, announced in a statement on May 28 that she would be donating half of her nearly $37 billion fortune to charitable causes! There are lots of resources each of us can pull from our safes to share with others, she wrote in herstatement. In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share. My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I wont wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.

MacKenzie made that promise by signing the Giving Pledge, an initiative founded byBillandMelinda Gates, andWarren Buffetin 2010, that encourages the worlds wealthiest to donate to charity. Its unclear which charities MacKenzie, who ranks as the 22nd richest person in the world, will donate her money to, but she has a long history of philanthropy. She has supported Washington United for Marriage, Day 1 Families Fund, , and With Honor. She has donated to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Alzheimers Drug Discovery Foundation. Additionally, MacKenzie founded the anti-bullying organization Bystander Revolution in 2013, where she serves as executive director.

Her pledge to donate half her wealth to charity is incredible, and it comes in stark contrast to her ex-husbands behavior. Jeff, who founded Amazon, and owns Whole Foods andThe Washington Post, is currently the wealthiest person in the world, even after giving half his money to MacKenzie in the divorce. And yet, with $114 billion, he hasnt donated even a fraction of what Mackenzies pledging to charity. Jeff pledged $2 billion to address homelessness and education though hisBezos One Day Fund, announced in September 2018, which is an incredible amount of money that will undoubtedly change lives. But thats just about 2% of his wealth.

He has been criticized for this, and Twitter encouraged him to follow his ex-wifes lead after hetweetedhis praise: MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and Im proud of her. Her letter is so beautiful. Go get em MacKenzie. Responses to his tweet included, Lovely. Now, when will you be signing the pledge?, And your letter is where, Pay your taxes and stop lobbying against affordable housing initiatives, Follow her example and do the same, Jeff. AFTER you: 1. Pay your workers a living wage and provide them with good benefits. 2. Pay your fair share of taxes to this country that has made you rich beyond your wildest dreams.

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