Jeff Bezos and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez were spotted in Italy this week as the Amazon CEO accepted an award at the Vatican for his philanthropy work – while ex-wife Mackenzie Scott donated a stunning $84.5 million to Girl Scouts USA.
Meanwhile Scott, Bezos’ ex-wife of 25 years, continued her philanthropic spree by forking over $84.5 million to Girl Scout USA this week – the largest donation they have ever received.
Though Bezos gives to a wide range of organizations, including a recent venture in preserving the Congo Basin in Africa, he has only donated $2.4 billion in his lifetime – a fifth of what his ex-wife has given away, despite having more than quadruple her net worth.
Since 2020, Scott has donated a whopping $12.8 billion to over 1,200 organizations, which is a faster pace of philanthropy than anyone else in modern history.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez were seen strolling around Rome this week before Bezos accepted a philanthropy award from the Vatican
Bezos reportedly had an affair with Sanchez while he was with ex-wife Mackenzie Scott, and the two went public with their relationship after going through their respective divorces
Bezos and Scott met while they were both working for D.E. Shaw in 1992, and have four children together
The two divorced in 2019 and Bezos, one of the world’s richest people, parted with 4% of Amazon’s stock – which meant Scott received around $36 billion.
During his speech at the award ceremony, Bezos said he ‘cannot think of a better place to confront the problems we face today than here.’
He listed off many technical advances humans have made in modern history, including ‘leaps and bounds’ made in technology.
‘Computation efficiency has improved by a factor of many millions,’ he declared.’The cost of solar power has fallen 99 percent since 1979.’
The tech billionaire then attempted to bridge the gap between religion and science.
‘Earth is a paradise, and we must protect it. His Holiness Pope Francis has emphasized this same theme in his encyclical when he refers to Earth as “our common home” and describes the imperative to care for it.’
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Bezos spoke about finding ‘the most sustainable solution’ that would ‘solve the problem not just in the moment but forever after.’
Scott appears action oriented, parting with her fortune at record speed, and easily outdoing her much wealthier ex-partner.
Bezos and Scott met while they were both working for the hedge fund D.E. Shaw in 1992. They married one year later and welcomed four children together – before splitting in 2019 after it was reported that he was having an affair with Sanchez.
Scott made a $275 million donation to Planned Parenthood earlier this year, and the $84.5 million she will give to Girl Scout USA will help the struggling organization.
The funds will help the organization recover from the impact of the pandemic, which drove down membership.
‘Her support of our organization means honestly just as much as the donation,’ Sofia Chang, CEO of Girl Scouts USA, said in an interview.
Youth membership of the Girl Scouts fell dramatically during the pandemic, dropping nearly 30% – and the donation will help the organization get back to previous membership rates
Sofia Chang, CEO of Girl Scouts USA, said ‘Her support of our organization means honestly just as much as the donation’
Her generous donation comes after she filed for divorce from science teacher Dan Jewett a month ago, less than two years after beginning the marriage and philanthropic partnership.
Scott and Jewett, 47, were rarely seen together, and he quietly resigned from his teaching job at a private high school in Washington last year, saying he did not want to create a distraction there.
The split was revealed when Jewett’s name was removed from Scott’s page on the website for the Giving Pledge, an initiative that asks billionaires to give away at least half of their wealth in their lifetime.
The former couple had jointly written on the site last year about their intention to give away Scott’s fortune, psilocybin microdosing which largely comes from her divorce from Bezos.
The Girl Scout council in Southern Arizona decided to use the $1.4 million it received from Scott to elevate the work they are already doing rather than to start a new program or initiative, said its CEO Kristen Garcia-Hernandez.
Scott, seen here with Jewett, recently divorced from the science teacher after they pledged to donate much of her fortune together
Philanthropic giving to organizations that specifically serve women and girls represents less than 2% of all donations, according to research
‘We are a small council and we’re certainly not in a major metropolitan hub.So for us, gifts of this magnitude don’t come around very often,’ Garcia-Hernandez said.
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