Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott files for divorce

MacKenzie Scott, one of the world’s richest and most powerful philanthropists, has filed for divorce from her husband, court records show.

Scott, who amassed his fortune during his marriage to Amazon founder Jeff Bezos which ended in 2019, filed the divorce petition in King County Superior Court in Washington. She and her second husband, former science teacher Dan Jewett, married in 2021 and have no children together.

“We ask the court to dissolve this marriage,” says the petition, which was first reported on Wednesday by The New York Times.

According to the filing, Scott and Jewett have already signed a separation agreement that will determine how they will divide their joint property, possessions and debts.

Jewett, who taught at the prestigious school where Scott’s children attend with Bezos, first revealed their marriage last year, writing online that “by happy coincidence, I’m married to one of most generous and kind people I know – and joining her in a commitment to pass on enormous financial wealth to serve others.

Scott left her marriage to Bezos with tens of billions of dollars and pledged to give away much of it, promising to “keep going until the vault is empty.” Since divorcing Bezos, she has given more than $12 billion to charitable causes, including donations to Planned Parenthood, Habitat for Humanity and Ukrainian humanitarian organizations. This rate of giving was unprecedented, and Scott became famous as one of the most generous philanthropists in the world.

Ahead of Wednesday’s confirmation of their divorce petition, multiple outlets pointed out that mentions of Jewett had disappeared from Scott’s philanthropic websites and other public spaces, including blogs they wrote together and his life biography. author on Amazon. They also noted that recent donation recipients had only thanked Scott and not her and Jewett, as they had done before.


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