Talk about Leave a Cheater, Gain a Life. Congrats to MacKenzie Scott this week on her marriage to science teacher Dan Jewett. A solid guy, by all accounts, who thrills to teaching high school chemistry and supporting good causes.
As compared to MacKenzie’s ex-husband, Jeff Bezos, the wealthiest man in the world, founder of Amazon. Who cheated on MacKenzie with a friend of the family, the human sequin, Lauren Sanchez. An affair that was outed when Bezos’s phone was hacked.
How did this chumped mother of four react? She gave Bezos the “we’ll co-parent the kids as friends” fig leaf of dignity and got an estimated $53 billion divorce settlement.
Which MacKenzie then, less than 2 months after the ink was dry, and the humiliation probably was not, signed The Pledge to give at least half her fortune away in her lifetime. A pledge her ex-husband most conspicuously would not sign.
She’s been true to her word. In 2020, she gave away $6 billion to small nonprofits, the sorts of charities that are often passed over. According to the New York Times:
In the course of a few months, Ms. Scott has turned traditional philanthropy on its head. Whereas multibillion foundations like Bloomberg Philanthropies and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have fancy headquarters, Ms. Scott’s operation has no known address — or even website. She refers to a “team of advisers” rather than a large dedicated staff.
By disbursing her money quickly and without much hoopla, Ms. Scott has pushed the focus away from the giver and onto the nonprofits she is trying to help. They are the types of organizations — historically Black colleges and universities, community colleges and groups that hand out food and pay off medical debts — that often fly beneath the radar of major foundations.
And now MacKenzie has a life partner who shares her values.
“… in a stroke of happy coincidence, I am married to one of the most generous and kind people I know—and joining her in a commitment to pass on an enormous financial wealth to serve others,” Jewett wrote in his pledge.
How’s Jeff Bezos, you’re wondering? Well, fabulously wealthy, of course. He’s been building an Amazon HQ in Arlington, VA that’s been described as a “poop emoji covered in trees.”
And he’s still with Lauren whose brother sued him for defamation (and lost). And he’s disavowed whether or not Lauren is his fiancee. Which always always makes a girl feel secure.
But that’s okay. She still has sequins. (Do drag queens have yard sales? What is that dress?)
Clearly Jeff needed to be shaken from his polar fleece Seattle dad wardrobe and into a psychedelic dinner jacket. The sort thing a Liberace impersonator would wear in a zombie apocalypse.
Anyway, it’s edgy.
No one could ever accuse the man of being a cliche, what with his bad-character-meets-bedazzler girlfriend, and their yacht getaways to the Caribbean.
You do you, Jeff. MacKenzie has a hunky new husband and billions of dollars to give away.
Oh, and self-respect.