How MacKenzie Scott Became the Richest Woman in the World?

MacKenzie Scott Tuttle or simply MacKenzie Scott is an American novelist, billionaire businesswoman, and philanthropist. As of August 2020, she is the richest woman in the world. She is formerly known as MacKenzie Bezos while she was married to Amazon Founder, a billionaire, Jeff Bezos. She previously worked for D.E. Shaw in New York, where she met her future husband, Bezos. She serves as the executive director of the Bystander Revolution, which she founded in 2014. She is also an award-winning novelist. Her debut novel, The Testing of Luther Albright won her American Book Award in 2006. She entered the billionaire's list after she divorced from her husband, Bezos. Their divorce settlement was dubbed as one of the most expensive divorce settlements in history. She eventually became the richest woman in the world. 

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MacKenzie Scott Net Worth 2020

MacKenzie Scott is the richest woman in the world. She became the richest woman in the world in August 2019, overtaking L'Oreal SA heiress, Francoise Bettencourt Meyers. Meyers had been the world's richest woman in the world for a long time before Scott overtook her position. With her net worth of $64.4 billion, Scott is the richest woman in the world and the 12th richest person in the world. 

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How MacKenzie Scott Became the Richest Woman in the World?

MacKenzie Scott became the richest woman in the world after her net worth rose to $64.4 billion in August 2019. When she divorced her husband, Jeff Bezos, she acquired 25% stock in Amazon in her divorce settlement. It became one of the expensive divorce settlements in history. With 25% Amazon stock, she was valued $36-%38 billion at the time of her divorce. At the time, she became the third-richest woman and 22nd richest person in the world. Amazon's value grew by a large ratio during the global COVID-19 pandemic. It was due to a surge in shopping in Amazon. As Scott holds 25% Amazon stock, she is now worth $64.4 billion. On the other hand, her husband, Bezos became the first billionaire to have a net worth over $200 billion. Bezos is now worth $204.4 billion.

MacKenzie Scott net worth

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MacKenzie Scott and Jeff Bezos

MacKenzie Scott is a divorcee. She was previously married to Jeff Bezos, Founder, CEO, and the President of Amazon. The couple first met in 1992 when Scott joined D.E. Shaw and worked for then-senior vice president of D.E. Shaw, Jeff Bezos. They soon fell for each other and started dating. The couple eventually married in 1993. The couple shares four children together: three sons and a adopted girl from China. The couple was married for 25 years until their divorce in 2019. The couple released a joint statement to announce their separation, "We want to make people aware of a development our lives. As our family and close friends know, after a long period of loving exploration and trial separation, we have decided to divorce and continue our shared lives as friends. We feel incredibly lucky to have found each other and deeply grateful for every one of the years we have been married to each other. If we had known we would separate after 25 years, we would do it again. We've had such a great life together as a married couple, and we also see wonderful futures ahead, as parents, friends, partners in ventures and projects, and as individuals pursuing ventures and adventures. Thought the labels might be different, we remain a family, and we remain cherished friends."

Their divorce settlement became of the expensive divorce settlements in history. She kept her last name but started going by the name MacKenzie Scott. 

Scott is a philanthropist. She signed the Giving Pledge in 2019, according to which she will donate at least half of her wealth to charity. She had already donated $1.7 billion to non-profit organizations within a year she signed the Giving Pledge. She donated to organizations working for racial equality, LGBTQ+ equality, climate change, and democracy. 

Where is MacKenzie Scott From?

Scott was born on 7 April 1970. Her birth name is MacKenzie Scott Tuttle. Her birth place is in San Francisco, California in the United States. She holds an American nationality. She grew up in San Franciso, California. Her father was a financial planner whereas her mother was a housewife. She belongs to a White Caucasian ethnicity and her religion is Christianity. Her zodiac sign is Aries.

Regarding her educational background, she attended Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut. After graduating from high school, she attended Princeton University, where she graduated with highest honors in English in 1992. 

Scott stands at a height of 5 feet and 7 inches tall. She has an hourglass slim body build. Her eye color is brown and her hair color is black. Her sexual orientation is straight. 

MacKenzie Scott Career 

  • After graduating from Princeton, she started working as a recruiter and a writer for a quantitative hedge fund, D.E. Shaw in New York from 1992 to 1994.
  • She was also a research associate to senior vice-president and future husband, Jeff Bezos. 
  • She wrote her debut novel, The Testing of Luther Albright. It was released in 2005. 
  • The book won her an American Book Award in 2006. 
  • She published her second novel, Traps in 2013. 
  • She founded an anti-bullying organization, Bystander Revolution in 2014. She serves as the executive director of the organization.