MacKenzie Scott

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In just two years, MacKenzie Scott has transformed charitable giving. With her fortune soaring as the Amazon stock she held on to after her divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos rose throughout the pandemic, Scott gave away almost $6 billion with record speed. Her gifts come with a signature style: They’re often the largest single donation an organization has ever received; with few, if any, strings attached; and targeted in batches to a few sectors like food banks and historically Black colleges and universities. With billions left to distribute—Scott, unlike her ex-husband, has signed the Giving Pledge, promising to donate the majority of her fortune over her lifetime—the philanthropist may yet change billionaire philanthropy forever.