SEATTLE – MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist, author and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has married a Seattle science professor who expressed gratitude “for the exceptional privilege it will be to collaborate to give away assets with the potential to do so much good when shared. “
Dan Jewett, who made the announcement in a letter to the website of the nonprofit The Giving Pledge on Saturday, said he never imagined he would be in a position to talk about giving away significant wealth during his lifetime to make a difference in life. other people’s lives.
Jewett has been a teacher for decades and recently taught chemistry at Lakeside Private School, where Scott’s children attended.
“And now, in a stroke of happy coincidence, I am married to one of the most generous and kind people I know, and I have joined her in a commitment to pass on enormous financial wealth to serve others,” Jewett wrote.
After donating $ 1.68 billion to 116 nonprofits, universities, community development groups, and legal organizations last July, Scott asked a team of advisors to help her “accelerate” her donations for 2020 with immediate help. to those who were financially affected by the pandemic.
Scott went on to donate a total of $ 5.7 billion in 2020 by asking community leaders to help identify 512 organizations for seven- and eight-figure gifts, including food banks, human service organizations and racial justice charities.
She was ranked No. 2 among the 50 Americans who gave the most to charity last year, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual ranking.
Bezos topped the list by donating $ 10 billion to launch the Bezos Earth Fund.