MacKenzie Scott gave away another $2.7 billion to 286 organizations, bringing her total recent donations to $8.5 billion

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MacKenzie Scott has announced multiple massive donations in the past year. Taylor Hill/FilmMagic via Getty Images; Taylor Borden/Business Insider
  • MacKenzie Scott has given away $2.7 billion to nearly 300 nonprofits in 2021.

  • Scott, a philanthropist and Jeff Bezos' ex-wife, has gifted over $8 billion in recent years.

  • She is one of the richest people, with a $60 billion net worth.

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MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, announced another 10-figure round of donations in a blog post on Tuesday.

Scott said she had given away $2.74 billion to 286 "high-impact organizations in categories and communities that have historically been underfunded and overlooked." Scott has emerged as a philanthropic powerhouse since her divorce from Bezos in 2019, especially in the past year.

In July, Scott announced she had donated $1.7 billion of her wealth to 116 organizations in the previous year. In December, she said she had donated another $4.2 billion to 384 organizations in the past four months. This latest round of philanthropy announced Tuesday brings her total donations made public since July to about $8.5 billion.

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Scott's separation from her e-commerce tycoon husband left her with a 4% stake in Amazon and immediately made her one of the wealthiest people. Her net worth of $59.8 billion earns her the 22nd spot on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

In Tuesday's blog post, Scott said her giving stemmed from a desire to distribute wealth to nonprofits that strengthen communities like two- and four-year higher-education institutions, arts and cultural institutions, and community-engagement organizations.

"Me, Dan, a constellation of researchers and administrators and advisors - we are all attempting to give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change," Scott said. "In this effort, we are governed by a humbling belief that it would be better if disproportionate wealth were not concentrated in a small number of hands, and that the solutions are best designed and implemented by others."

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