1706391870 Jeff Bezos39 ex wife sold 104 billion worth of Amazon stock

Jeff Bezos' ex-wife sold $10.4 billion worth of Amazon stock last year

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According to a report by Bloomberg, MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, sold about a quarter of her stake in the company last year, which was valued at more than $10 billion.

Scott, 53, a philanthropist who helped Bezos build the company, sold 65.3 million shares of the e-commerce giant in 2023, according to a regulatory filing cited by Bloomberg.

The stock sale represents about 25% of Scott's stake in the company and would be worth $10.4 billion at Amazon's closing price on Friday.

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Jeff Bezos (left) and his then-wife MacKenzie Scott arrive on the red carpet at the Amazon Studios afterparty celebrating the 67th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. (Paul Mounce/Corbis via Getty Images / Getty Images)


Scott married Bezos in 1993 and she was one of Amazon's first employees. She worked on accounts, business plans and shipping orders.

They divorced in 2019, and Scott ended up owning about 4% of the tech giant, a stake that was worth about $37 billion at the time and made her one of the richest women in the world.

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The latest exit means Scott has sold about half of her Amazon shares and her current holdings still make up the majority of her $37.6 billion net worth, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, which ranks her as the 35th richest person of the world.

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According to a report by Bloomberg, MacKenzie Scott sold about a quarter of her stake in Amazon last year, which was valued at more than $10 billion. (Getty Images/Getty Images)

Without her charitable donations, she would be much higher on the rich list.

In December, Scott announced on the Giving Pledge website that she had donated $2.1 billion to 360 organizations in 2023, bringing her giving total to over $16 billion since 2019. The Giving Pledge is a non-binding promise that billionaires make to donate the majority of their wealth.


“In addition to the assets that life has produced in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” Scott wrote on the site in 2019.

“My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time, effort and care. But I won't wait. And I’ll stick with it until the safe is empty.”

According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, as of January 26, Bezos was considered the second richest person in the world with a total net worth of $184 billion.

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Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon.com, poses with a stack of books in an Amazon warehouse, Seattle, Washington, January 1, 1997. Paul Souders/Getty Images (Paul Souders/Getty Images / Getty Images)