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MacKenzie Bezos Signs The Giving Pledge Following Divorce

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MacKenzie Bezos, one of the world's richest women after finalizing her divorce from Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos, has pledged to give almost half of her fortune to charity.

The 49-year-old novelist and the founder of an anti-bullying group, Bystander Revolution, revealed on Tuesday that she has a lot of wealth to give away.

In a letter dated 25 May, released by the Giving Pledge, MacKenzie said:

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"We each come by the gifts we have to offer by an infinite series of influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand. In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share."

"I have no doubt that tremendous value comes when people act quickly on the impulse to give."

"No drive has more positive ripple effects than the desire to be of service."

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After the divorce, MacKenzie keeps 25% of Amazon stake worth $35 billion.

MacKenzie is also among 200 other philanthropists who've signed the Giving Pledge. This is an initiative that encourages world billionaires to give away some of their wealth for charity works.

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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The Giving Pledge initiative was founded by Warren Buffett, Bill, and Melinda Gates in 2010.

Buffet said in a statement 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 a great personal sacrifice."

Other billionaires in the initiative include Paul Sciarra, the co-founder of Pinterest, Brian Acton, the co-founder of WhatsApp, and Brian Armstrong, the CEO of a cryptocurrency exchange platform, Coinbase.

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It's a promise MacKenzie has to make, notably, that her ex-husband, Jeff, had been reported to be among the world's richest men, with an estimated net worth of $114 billion.

Jeff Bezos praised his former wife's decision to join the Giving Pledge. However, he didn't reveal whether he'll follow suit.

Bezos wrote on Twitter:

"MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I'm proud of her. Her letter is so beautiful. Go get 'em, MacKenzie."

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In January, Jeff Bezos announced their plans to divorce after 25 years of marriage. Their divorce was finalized last month.

Jeff Bezos, 55, and MacKenzie Bezos,49, got married in 1993. They met at the hedge fund D.E Shaw & Co., in New York, where MacKenzie was a research associate and Jeff an SVP.

They're parents of four, three sons and a daughter, adopted from China.