- According to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index, Mackenzie Scott is the richest woman in the world with a net worth of $68 billion.
According to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index, Mackenzie Scott is the richest woman in the world with a net worth of $68 billion.
Scott is a philanthropist and the ex-wife of the world’s richest man, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. Her current position comes after she surpassed Françoise Bettencourt Meyers, an heiress to L’Oreal who, according to Bloomberg, owns 33 percent of the world’s largest cosmetics manufacturer and has a net worth of $66.8 billion.
In 2019, Bezos and Scott separated and as a result, Scott purchased millions of Amazon shares worth an estimated $38 billion.
In a July blog post, Scott said she donated $1.7 billion of her wealth in the past year to several different causes including racial equality, LGBTQ rights, public health, and climate change.
Business Insider previously reported that by the end of that same week, Scott had earned that money back after the value of her Amazon stake grew.
In 2019, Scott also signed onto the Giving Pledge initiative, which encourages the richest people in the world to donate a majority of their wealth to charity.
Scott is the richest woman on Bloomberg’s list and the 12th richest male, behind well-known tech moguls like Bill Gates of Microsoft, Elon Musk of Tesla, and Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook.
The 16 richest Americans on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes Billionaires List collectively are worth more than $1 trillion, previously stated by Business Insider. While tech heavyweights dominate the lists’ top ranks, they appear alongside other recognizable figures such as members of the influential families of Koch and Walton.
MacKenzie Bezos holds a 4 percent interest in Amazon that she had earned in 2019 as part of a divorce settlement. This was the biggest divorce settlement in the world.
According to Bloomberg, Mackenzie Scott is the 12th richest person in the world at $68 billion net worth.
MacKenzie, who married Jeff a year before he started Amazon from his Seattle garage in 1993, said she had “a disproportionate amount of money to share” and promised to work hard to give it away “until the safe is empty.”