JEFF Bezos's ex-wife Mackenzie was right behind him when he launched Amazon – but the pair divorced in 2019 after more than 25 years together.
It was revealed in December 2020 that she gave away donated more than $4bn (£3bn) to food banks and emergency relief funds during a four month period. But who is she?
Who is Jeff Bezos's ex-wife MacKenzie Scott?
MacKenzie S. Tuttle was born on April 7, 1970, in San Francisco, California.
MacKenzie was an assistant to Toni Morrison while at Princeton University in New Jersey and is now a novelist.
She has referred to ex-husband Jeff as her "best reader".
Bezos would reportedly often drop other plans to read and carefully review manuscripts of her first novel.
The 49-year-old vowed to give away at least half of her fortune.
She said: “I have a disproportionate amount of money to share.”
She signed up to the Giving Pledge, which encourages the world’s richest people to help good causes.
Novelist MacKenzie added: “I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”
Last year, MacKenzie was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people of the year.
How long were they married?
Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie first met in 1993.
MacKenzie was first interviewed for her position at hedge fund D.E. Shaw by her husband-to-be and vice president of the company, Bezos.
She got the job and the two became an item shortly after meeting.
Bezos and MacKenzie's offices were next door to each other, something that fuelled her interest in her future husband.
She told Vogue: "My office was next door to his, and all day long I listened to that fabulous laugh.
"How could you not fall in love with that laugh?"
Jeff described his other half as "resourceful, smart, brainy, and hot".
But it was MacKenzie who made the first move and asked Jeff out to lunch. They were engaged within three months and married within six.
Bezos told his wife about his business idea and the following year, in 1994, they quit their jobs and travelled to Seattle to found Amazon.
The pair divorced in 2019 after being married for 25 years.
Last year, MacKenzie changed her last name from Bezos to Scott.
Did MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos have children?
The couple have four children together and were previously described by a family friend as "such a normal, close-knit family, it's almost abnormal."
Until 2013, MacKenzie drove their kids to school in a Honda minivan before dropping Jeff off to work.
Between 1993 and 1999, the couple lived together in a one-bedroom rental house in Seattle.
The Bezos family adhered to a normal routine, with dad Jeff starting the day with a healthy breakfast with his family.
How much did MacKenzie win in their divorce?
When the couple split in 2019, Bezos agreed a $35billion divorce settlement.
As part of the settlement, Bezos transferred a quarter of his Amazon stake to his ex-wife, which totalled four per cent of the company.
Bezos retained 75 per cent of the Amazon stake, and MacKenzie transferred all of her voting rights to her former husband.
She also gave up her interests in the Washington Post newspaper and Bezos' space travel firm Blue Origin.
What is MacKenzie Scott's net worth?
After 25 years of marriage as well as a trial separation the couple decided to split amicably in January 2019.
On April 4, the pair settled their divorce, with Mackenzie retaining a four per cent $36billion stake in Amazon.
As of January 31, 2021, she has a net worth of $57.5billion, making her the third-wealthiest woman in the world – and the 20th-wealthiest individual overall.
Bezos retains all voting rights and 75 percent of their $143 billion stake the online retail giant.
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