MacKenzie Scott, the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, is now the world’s richest woman following a surge in Amazon stock.
A writer and philanthropist, MacKenzie Scott became the richest woman in the world just days after her ex-husband Jeff Bezos became the world’s first $200 billion man.
With a net worth of $67.4 billion, Scott who recently dropped the Bezos surname she had kept since their 2019 divorce, is now worth more than L’Oreal heiress Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, who currently has $66.3 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
NBC News reports that the rise in Amazon’s stock —which has spiked from $2,000 to $3,500 per share since the COVID-19 lockdown, pushed Scott up to the number one spot to become the richest woman on earth.
She is currently the 12th richest person in the world for both men and women.
After her 2019 divorce, Scott was the fourth-richest woman in the world, behind Bettencourt Meyers, Alice Walton of the Walmart family, and Jacqueline Badger Mars of the Mars candy empire. The net worth of each of those women has remained relatively steady, less affected by the recent surge in tech stocks
During their divorce, Scott, who shares four children with Bezos, received 20 million Amazon shares. At that time, the shares were worth about $32 billion.
Scott, who last year pledged to give away most of her wealth, recently donated $1.7 billion to charity.
“Many will choose to share some of what they have with people whose equal participation is essential to the construction of a better world,” she said.
Here’s the breakdown of her jaw-dropping donation as reported by TMZ:
-$586.7 million to racial equity
-$46 million to LGBTQ+ equity
-$133 million to gender equity
-$399.5 million to economic mobility
-$55 million to empathy and bridging divides
-$72 million to functional democracy
-$128.3 million to public health
-$130 million to global development
-$125 million to climate change