MacKenzie Scott, billionaire ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, has married a Seattle chemistry teacher
Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott in 2018, prior to her high-profile divorce from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Scott is now one of the world’s wealthiest women. ORG CARSTENSEN/dpa/AFP via Getty Images
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ ex MacKenzie Scott married Seattle chemistry teacher Dan Jewett.
Jewett announced their marriage on March 6 in a note on the Scott’s Giving Pledge website,
Scott is the world’s 22nd richest person, with an estimated net worth of $53 billion.
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MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist and ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has found love again: in the arms of Seattle science teacher Dan Jewett.
The couple’s union was announced in March 6 post on the Giving Pledge website, where Jewett signed on to Scott’s commitment to give away half her fortune to charity in her lifetime.
“Kind people in my life have been instrumental in making me the person I am today – people who supported me through challenging times, showed me grace when I was at my worst, befriended me despite our differences, and offered me a home when I had none,” Jewett said in his post.
“And now, in a stroke of happy coincidence, I am married to one of the most generous and kind people I know – and joining her in a commitment to pass on an enormous financial wealth to serve others,” he added.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the couple met at the Lakeside School, a private institute that Scott’s children attend.
“Dan is such a great guy, and I am happy and excited for the both of them,” Jeff Bezos said in a statement to Forbes.
Scott is one of the world’s wealthiest women. She is estimated to have a current net worth of around $53 billion, following her high-profile split from Bezos in 2019.
Scott has since devoted her time – and billions of dollars – to charitable initiatives in support of women-led charities and food banks.
Most notably, Insider reported in December last year that Scott had given away nearly $4.2 billion from her fortune to 384 organizations across the US within just four months, ranging from food banks to emergency relief funds.
This massive donation followed an earlier announcement that Scott made in July 2020 that she had already contributed almost $1.7 billion to 116 organizations – including non-profits and community development groups – in an effort to help those struggling with the fallout of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Bezos and Scott split in 2019. The divorce settlement gave Scott millions of shares of Amazon worth an estimated $38 billion.
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Bezos’ ex MacKenzie Scott marries chemistry teacher
SEATTLE (AP) — MacKenzie Scott, philanthropist, writer and former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has married a Seattle science teacher.
Mackenzie Scott. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
Her new husband, Dan Jewett, made the announcement in a letter to the website of the nonprofit organization the Giving Pledge on Saturday.
Jewett has been a teacher for decades and most recently taught chemistry at the private Lakeside School, which Scott’s children attended.
“And now, in a stroke of happy coincidence, I am married to one of the most generous and kind people I know — and joining her in a commitment to pass on an enormous financial wealth to serve others,” Jewett wrote.
Scott and Bezos were married in 1993, the year before he started Amazon as an online bookseller. They had both attended Princeton University but did not meet until they were working at a Manhattan investment firm in 1992. They had four children and divorced in 2019.
Scott, 50, is said by Bloomberg News to be worth $57.5 billion, putting her No. 20 on the list of the world’s richest people.
She was listed as No. 2 among Americans who gave the most to charity last year, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy’s annual rankings. Her contributions of almost $6 billion in 2020 included $10 million to Goodwill of Silicon Valley.
Bezos, 57, topped the list by donating $10 billion to launch the Bezos Earth Fund.
Jewett’s online résumé said he started teaching at Lakeside in 2016, and previously had taught at Bush — another Seattle private school — and in Philadelphia-area public schools. The prestigious Lakeside is known as the alma mater of Bill Gates and Paul Allen.