Jeff Bezos' ex-wife MacKenzie Scott now wealthiest woman in the world

Jeff Bezos' ex-wife MacKenzie Scott now wealthiest woman in the world

- MacKenzie Scott is now the wealthiest woman in the world

- The ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, the owner of Amazon, is said to have received R640 billion ($38 billion) in her divorce settlement

- The two finalised their divorce in 2019 and it was common knowledge that she would score

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MacKenzie Scott and her ex-husband, Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, settled their divorce last year. As a result of the divorce settlement, MacKenzie was the recipient of around $38 billion worth in Amazon shares.

The large sum has seen her surpassing the previous record holder, Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, an heiress who owns and controls 33.3% of the world's largest cosmetic company L'oreal, which, according to Bloomberg, is also worth R640 billion.

MacKenzie, who is a philanthropist, does not shy away from charity. In July this year she donated $1.7 billion of her wealth to several different causes. Some of which included the LGBTQ+ community, racial inequality and public health, among others.

However, she quickly made the money back when the value of her Amazon stake grew. Aside from that, she is also one of the billionaires who signed the Giving Pledge Initiative, a pledge that encourages the richest people in the world to donate most of their money to charity.

Jeff Bezo's ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott now wealthiest woman in the world

MacKenzie Scott and Jeff Bezos. Source: Twitter/MackenzieBezos x IG/Jeff Bezos
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She is now the richest woman in the world and the 12th-richest person, following closely after well-known tech moguls including Microsoft's Bill Gates, Tesla's Elon Musk and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.

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In other charity news, also reported Xolani Mdluli and other unmentioned SA youths have managed to melt many hearts with an initiative that is meant to better the lives of the less fortunate. The group have shared an idea called the "FreeBread" campaign to provide bread to the poor.

The post, which was shared in popular Facebook group ImStaying, read as follows:

"We started a #FREEBREAD compaign, not because we are rich or better than anyone but because we know there are people who have no idea where will the next meal come from, and everyone is going through tough times financially but we saw the need to share the little we have with the community. We will never post pictures of beneficiaries of this campaign."

The heartwarming post received widespread appreciation from Facebook users who applauded the young man for taking initiative and doing his bit to improve SA.

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