MacKenzie Bezos the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, signed the Giving Pledge, committing to give away at least half of her $35 billion fortune to charity.
Bill Gates and Warren Buffet launched the initiative with donors like Among the donors, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Brandson and Robert F. Smith Robert F. Smith.
Mackenzie wrote to the pledge fund that she has “a disproportionate amount of money to share”.
The Giving Pledge is an initiative that seeks to encourage wealthy people to contribute a majority of their wealth to humanitarian causes.
The giving pledge has 191 signatories from individuals and couples with their pledge totaling over $500 billion.
The memeber of this group are obliged to donate money but are encouraged to launch into philanthropy.
Launched in August 2010, 40 of America’s wealthiest individualsl were committed give more than half of their wealth away.
MacKenzie Bezos didn’t choose a specific charity where her money will go she said:”
“My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”
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