MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, donates $436 million to an NGO helping the homeless

MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, donates $436 million to an NGO helping the homeless

MacKenzie Scott on April 24, 2018, in BerlinJORG CARSTENSEN

American philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of multi-billionaire and former Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, has donated $436 million to the NGO Habitat for Humanity, which builds houses for the homeless, announced Tuesday the ‘organization.

Habitat for Humanity said $25 million would go to programs it runs across the United States to help those most in need obtain decent housing, and the remaining $411 million would go to 84 affiliates in different locations. States.

The money obtained will also be used to support the work of the NGO around the world, in particular the aid to Ukrainian refugees who fled their country after the invasion of Russia.

“Through this donation, Habitat is well positioned to effectively advocate for the systemic and societal changes needed to improve equitable access to affordable housing,” Habitat President Jonathan Reckford said in a statement.

Ms. Scott, whose fortune is valued at $49.3 billion by Forbes magazine, has pledged to donate at least half of her wealth to charity.

It has already made public donations to several hundred associations working in various fields (food banks, financial and credit services for disadvantaged communities, legal groups fighting against discrimination).

Much of Ms Scott’s fortune, 51, stems from the economic fallout from her divorce from Jeff Bezos, which was finalized in July 2019 and saw her earn the equivalent of $38 billion in Amazon stock at the time. .

Their value has increased significantly with the surge of the title of the online trading giant on Wall Street.

Last December, Ms. Scott, who is also a novelist, had indicated in a blog post that she would stop disclosing the amounts of her donations, preferring to let the beneficiaries do so if they wish.

Last week, the Boys and Girls Clubs of America youth movement announced that it had received $281 million from Ms. Scott.