Dan Jewett, MacKenzie Scott’s second husband, and she is divorcing.
MacKenzie Scott, a philanthropist and the former spouse of Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, filed for divorce on Monday in Washington’s King County Superior Court. Jewett, a former science teacher, and Scott have been wed since the beginning of 2021.
The Times reported that Jewett had been covertly removed from many of Scott’s online posts touting her charity activities, including those on the Giving Pledge website, in a Medium post on her charitable giving, and her Amazon author bio. This news of the lawsuit follows that report.
Currently, Scott is valued at $27.8 billion, based on Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. She became a billionaire in her own right after her divorce from Bezos in 2019, largely thanks to her 3% ownership position in Amazon.
In the previous three years, Scott rose to prominence as one of the country’s leading benefactors; Jewett, a chemistry instructor at the prestigious Lakeside School in the Seattle region, seemed to share this objective with Scott’s family. Scott and Jewett announced their engagement in March 2021 via a post on the Giving Pledge website; Jewett had agreed to Scott’s promise to donate at least half of her money either immediately after her death or during her lifetime.
With a picture of himself and Scott, Jewett said, “I am married to one of the most giving and lovely individuals I know — and joining her in a pledge to pass on an enormous financial wealth to serve others.”
Now, Jewett is not mentioned on Scott’s Giving Pledge page, which features her new headshot. According to The Times, those who have recently received funds from Scott have just congratulated her; in the past, they have also thanked Jewett.
Scott revealed that she had given around $3.9 billion to 465 NGOs in the prior nine months, pushing her total to nearly $12 billion in March. Recently, she gave two Beverly Hills residences valued at around $55 million to the California Community Foundation, a nonprofit organisation serving the Los Angeles area; in a statement regarding the gift, the foundation’s CEO singled out Scott for special thanks.