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Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott, formerly married to Jeff Bezos, ties knot with Seattle science teacher

Dan Jewett and MacKenzie Scott   | Photo Credit: givingpledge.org

MacKenzie Scott, the billionaire philanthropist and the former wife of Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos, has remarried.

The marriage to Dan Jewett, a Seattle science teacher, was mentioned in a post on the website for the philanthropic organisation The Giving Pledge, in which Mr. Jewett said he would be signing on to Ms. Scott’s commitment to give away most of her wealth.

Ms. Scott, 50, is the world’s 22nd-richest person worth some $53 billion, according to Forbes. Her 2019 divorce from Mr. Bezos after 25 years of marriage left her with a 4% stake in Amazon.

In December, Ms. Scott said she had donated over $4.1 billion in the four months prior to food banks and emergency relief funds amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

That followed donations of $1.7 billion last year to causes including racial equality, LGBTQ rights, public health and climate change.

“I join with the kindest and most thoughtful person I know in making this pledge, grateful for the exceptional privilege it will be to partner in giving away assets with the potential to do so much good when shared,” Mr. Jewett said in the post.

The Giving Pledge campaign was set up in 2010 by U.S. business tycoon Warren Buffett together with by Microsoft Corp co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda to encourage the world’s super-rich to give away most of their wealth to philanthropic causes.

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