On Tuesday, Scott provided information about these efforts and announced that after the divorce, she had changed her surname to the second surname in which she grew up. Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos last year.
Last year, Scott received a quarter of Bezos’s shares in Amazon’s divorce deal, giving her a 4% stake that was worth more than $ 35 billion at the time. According to the Bloomberg Billionaire’s Index, its net worth is currently about $ 60 billion.
“Like many, I am the first in 2020. I watched half with a mixture of heartache and horror, ”Scott wrote. “What fills me with hope is the thought of what will happen if each of us reflects on what we can offer.”
The $ 1.7 billion donation was distributed to 116 organizations focusing on one of nine “areas of need,” she added, including racial property, LGBTQ + justice, functional democracy, and climate change. Among the organizations she has supported are the NAACP Foundation for Legal Defense and Education, the Obama Foundation, the George W. Bush Presidential Center, RAINN, and the European Climate Fund.
Last year, Scott signed the Giving Pledge initiative. The initiative, initiated by Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, encourages the world’s richest people to donate most of their wealth to charity – for life or will.
Bezos, the world’s richest man, has previously been criticized for not contributing more of his wealth to philanthropy, but has donated billions of dollars in recent years to causes such as climate change and food banks. He has not signed the promise of giving.
Scott announced the day before Bezos will be shown in Congress along with the company’s CEOs Facebook (FB), Google (GOOGL) and Apple (AAPL) respond to allegations that their companies dominate too much or harm competition.