MacKenzie Bezos to give half of her $36 billion fortune to charity

MacKenzie Bezos, worth more than $36 billion after divorcing Amazon (AMZN) CEO Jeff Bezos, announced on Tuesday that she will give at least half of her fortune to charity.

Bezos’s promise came by signing the Giving Pledge, an initiative founded in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates and Warren Buffett that encourages the world’s wealthiest people to donate more than half of their wealth to charitable causes.

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FILE: Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., left, holds hands with his wife MacKenzie Bezos, while arriving for a morning session during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, the worlds richest person, and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after 25 years. Bezos, 54, is worth $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the worlds 500 wealthiest people. The couple met when they both worked at hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and they married in 1993. He founded Amazon a year later. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE: Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., and his wife Mackenzie Bezos, arrive at the Robin Hood Foundations annual benefit in New York, U.S., on Monday, May 12, 2014. Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, the worlds richest person, and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after 25 years. Bezos, 54, is worth $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the worlds 500 wealthiest people. The couple met when they both worked at hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and they married in 1993. He founded Amazon a year later. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE: Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., left, holds hands with his wife MacKenzie Bezos, while arriving for a morning session during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, the worlds richest person, and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after 25 years. Bezos, 54, is worth $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the worlds 500 wealthiest people. The couple met when they both worked at hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and they married in 1993. He founded Amazon a year later. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE: Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., and his wife MacKenzie Bezos, arrive for morning sessions at the 28th annual Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Saturday, July 10, 2010. Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, the worlds richest person, and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after 25 years. Bezos, 54, is worth $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the worlds 500 wealthiest people. The couple met when they both worked at hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and they married in 1993. He founded Amazon a year later. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos poses as they arrive at the headquarters of publisher Axel-Springer where he will receive the Axel Springer Award 2018 on April 24, 2018 in Berlin. (Photo by JORG CARSTENSEN / dpa / AFP) (Photo credit should read JORG CARSTENSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos pose with publisher Springer CEO Mathias Doepfner(R), publisher Friede Springer (L) as they arrive at the headquarters of publisher Axel-Springer where he will receive the Axel Springer Award 2018 on April 24, 2018 in Berlin. (Photo by Jörg Carstensen / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read JORG CARSTENSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos poses as they arrive at the headquarters of publisher Axel-Springer where he will receive the Axel Springer Award 2018 on April 24, 2018 in Berlin. (Photo by Jörg Carstensen / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read JORG CARSTENSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 4: Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos attend 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party Hosted By Radhika Jones - Arrivals at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, CA. (Photo by Presley Ann/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jeff Bezos;MacKenzie Bezos
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Jeff Bezos (L) and MacKenzie Bezos attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jon Kopaloff/WireImage)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Chief Executive Officer of Amazon Jeff Bezos (L) and MacKenzie Bezos attend the SEAN PENN J/P HRO GALA: A Gala Dinner to Benefit J/P Haitian Relief Organization and a Coalition of Disaster Relief Organizations at Milk Studios on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Image)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and writer MacKenzie Bezos attend the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration at Delilah on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Amazon)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and writer MacKenzie Bezos attend the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration at Delilah on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Jerod Harris/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: Jeff Bezos, Chief Executive Officer of Amazon (L) and MacKenzie Bezos attend the 89th Annual Academy Awards at Hollywood & Highland Center on February 26, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08: Amazon Founder/CEO Jeff Bezos (L) and MacKenzie Bezos attend the Amazon Studios Golden Globes Party at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Jerritt Clark/FilmMagic)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 28: (L-R) Washington Post reporter and former Tehran bureau chief Jason Rezaian, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos participate in the opening ceremony of the newspaper's new location January 28, 2016 in Washington, DC. Kerry and Bezos worked to help free Rezaian after he spent 18 months in an Iranian prison after he was jailed and tried in secret for espionage. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos (R) and MacKenzie Bezos attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.' (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 20: Founder and CEO of Amazon.com Jeff Bezos (L) and MacKenzie Bezos arrive at Amazon Video's 67th Primetime Emmy Celebration at The Standard Hotel on September 20, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Amanda Edwards/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - MAY 07: Mackenzie Bezos (L) and Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com attend the 'Schiaparelli And Prada: Impossible Conversations' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 7, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
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“There are lots of resources each of us can pull from our safes to share with others,” the fiction author stated in a letter published on the Giving Pledge website.

“In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” MacKenzie Bezos added. “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.”

Bezos previously funded cancer research, and founded the anti-bullying organization Bystander Revolution. She is one of 19 signatories of the Giving Pledge announced on Tuesday.

“The generosity of this group is a reflection of the inspiration we take from the many millions of people who work quietly and effectively to create a better world for others, often at great personal sacrifice,” Warren Buffett said in a statement.

Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos announced their divorce in January, after 25 years of marriage. One month later, Bezos alleged that the National Enquirer tried to blackmail him using intimate photos of him with his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, who was revealed to have been having an affair with the Amazon CEO.

On April 4, MacKenzie Bezos announced that she would give him 75% of her Amazon stock as part of their divorce agreement.

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