The ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and one of the world’s richest women, Mackenzie Scott, donated $ 8 million to charity. Turtle Mountain Community College got the money just like that, with no strings attached. Reported by The Independent.
The school has about 500 students, 95 per cent of whom are Native American. The head of the college, Donna Brown, described how she felt when she learned about the amount: “I was driving at the time. I had to pull over to the side of the road. My jaw dropped. The maximum we got before was $ 300,000. So it was overwhelming to get $ 8 million. “ The money will go towards the development of the master’s program and household needs.
After his divorce from Bezos, Scott received a quarter of his Amazon shares, valued at $ 36 billion. Scott later signed a donation pledge. She wants to give away most of her fortune. Over the past few months, Scott has donated over $ 4 billion.
“The pandemic has been a serious blow to the Americans. Both economic losses and health consequences were worse for women, people of colour and those living in poverty. Meanwhile, the pandemic has significantly increased the wealth of billionaires, ” she said. Scott’s donations this year will be about $ 6 billion.