One of the richest women in the world donates almost $ 6 billion
She was the richest woman in the world, but the title lasted only a few days.
The decision to spread her fortune among various NGOs has landed Mackenzie Scott at number 18 on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
And that her personal wealth went from US $ 23.6 billion to US $ 60.9 billion this year, placing her for a brief period as the richest woman in the world.
Scott is the ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, the CEO of Amazon, and right now the richest man on earth.
At the end of last year, when the two decided to end their marriage, Scott received in the divorce agreement a quarter of the shares that Bezos holds in the company he founded.
Amazon’s stock market value has risen nearly 72% year-to-date, boosting both their net worth.
The coronavirus pandemic and lockdowns in many parts of the world have caused e-commerce platform sales to skyrocket.
Everyone seemed to be shopping online, and Amazon’s profits mirrored the trend.
This figure catapulted Scott and led her to surpass the historic fortune of Francoise Bettencourt, the heir to the cosmetics firm L’Óreal.
But the decision to donate his money until his “safe is empty”, in his own words, has begun to diminish his assets, which has led him to decline several positions in just a few months.
“Last year I made a commitment to return most of my wealth to the society that has helped me generate it,” he said.
“I have no doubt that anyone’s personal wealth is the product of collective effort and social structures that present opportunities for some people and obstacles for many others,” he said after signing the Giving Pledge initiative last year.
Founded by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates and followed by more than 200 global fortunes, the project encourages the richest people in the world to dedicate most of their wealth to charitable causes.
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In July, Scott announced that he had already donated about $ 1.7 billion to 116 organizations that included four historically black colleges and universities.
And in the last 4 months it has distributed about US $ 4.2 billion to food banks and emergency aid funds.
In a post, Scott said he did it to help Americans struggling as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic.
“This pandemic has been like a wrecking ball in the lives of Americans who were already having a hard time,” he wrote in a blog on Tuesday.
For that reason, He explained that he had chosen more than 380 charities to donate some of his wealth.
A team of consultants helped him evaluate the projects of nearly 6,500 organizations.
“The economic losses and health consequences have been worse for women, for people of color and for people living in poverty. Meanwhile, billionaires have substantially increased their capital.”
Swiss bank UBS said billionaires had done “extremely well” during the pandemic.
The sum of these two donations reaches almost US $ 6 billion this year and is expected to continue on the same path.
“I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” he wrote when joining the Giving Pledge initiative.
In addition to Scott, other signatories include Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan, Elon Musk, and eBay founder Pierre Omidyar and his wife Pam.
This year there have been a relatively high number of mega donations from celebrities, sports stars and business leaders who have wanted to help in the response to the covid-19 pandemic and other causes.
Among the most generous was Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who announced in April that he was transferring $ 1,000 of his assets to a fund to mitigate the ravages of the coronavirus and other causes.
This represents about a quarter of his net worth of $ 3.9 billion.
For its part, Bill Gates and his wife Melinda have committed $ 305 million for vaccines, treatments and diagnostic developments through its charitable foundation.
The author of the Harry Potter saga, JK Rowling, donated $ 1.3 million to help the homeless and those affected by domestic abuse during the pandemic.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan donated $ 300 million to “protect the American elections.”
Most of the money went to the “Center for Tech and Civic Life,” a nonprofit organization that recruited poll workers and provided them with personal protective equipment.
In June, basketball legend Michael Jordan announced that he would donate $ 100 million to Black Lives Matter and causes of social injustice over the next decade.
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BBC-NEWS-SRC: https://www.bbc.com/mundo/noticias-54031346, IMPORTING DATE: 2020-12-16 19:30:03