Nope, that wasn’t an earthquake you felt, that was Jeff Bezos’ left eye twitching with such force, ripples were felt as far away as Japan. Proving once again that yes, you can just do that, Jeff’s ex-wife MacKenzie Scott just gave away $4 billion dollars. This follows the $1.7 billion in donations that she gave away in July. Jeff’s so shook he shook us!
CNN reports that MacKenzie continues to make good on her promise to give away all her wealth “until the safe is empty.” This time, MacKenzie and her team have given $4.2 billion to 384 different organizations. In a Medium post, Mackenzie basically called Jeff out by his name.
This pandemic has been a wrecking ball in the lives of Americans already struggling. Economic losses and health outcomes alike have been worse for women, for people of color, and for people living in poverty. Meanwhile, it has substantially increased the wealth of billionaires.
Of course, MacKenzie is also talking about herself there. She’s still the 18th richest person in the world and one of the richest women with $60.7 billion. But at least her skin is clear and she doesn’t have split ends.
According to CNN:
MacKenzie Scott announced on Tuesday her second major charitable contribution of the year, giving away nearly $4.2 billion to 384 organizations as part of a plan to donate a majority of her fortune.
The announcement comes just four months after Scott donated $1.7 billion to 116 organizations, including four historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), in July. The latest round of philanthropic gifts total more than $4.16 billion donated by Scott to organizations nationwide in the past four months.
Sure it’s a drop in the bucket considering her Amazon stocks have soared this year. But it should be enough to ensure her head doesn’t drop in the bucket when the guillotines come. Metaphorically, of course, this site nor this author condone the use of violence. Here’s how the money will be spent.
Scott’s post included a list of the hundreds of organizations that received funds, including financial service providers for under-resourced communities, education for historically marginalized and underserved individuals, civil rights advocacy groups and legal defense funds that take on institutional discrimination.
Other organizations on the list included the local chapters of Goodwill, Meals on Wheels, YMCA and United Way; the NAACP; Global Fund for Women; and ACE (Access to Capital for Entrepreneurs), which provides affordable loans to underserved small businesses.
As with her previous flex, MacKenzie says that she and her team made their designations based on “data-driven and rigorous” research to “identify organizations with high potential for impact, but also to pave the way for unsolicited and unexpected gifts given with full trust and no strings attached,” which might explain why my check got lost in the mail. It’s like she knew I’d blow it all on matching sequined kaftans for my dog and me! Meanwhile, Jeff’s all… (via Chicago Tribune, 11/24/2020)
Social media chatrooms where Amazon workers congregate have lit up. One worker shared a photo of a $15 turkey voucher, prompting others to boast they received coupons for $20 or $25, while others lamented that they got nothing. When a worker in Alabama said his warehouse got $10 vouchers, colleagues joked that it was barely enough to buy a turkey leg.
Maybe for Christmas he’ll give his employees a coupon to buy the other leg!