MacKenzie Scott, Jeff Bezos’ Ex, Seeks Divorce From Teacher Husband

MacKenzie Scott is one of the world’s richest and most influential philanthropists

MacKenzie Scott, one of the world’s richest and most influential philanthropists, has filed for divorce from Dan Jewett, a science teacher she married after her 2019 split from the founder of Amazon.com Inc., Jeff Bezos.

“We are asking the court to dissolve our marriage,” Scott said in a motion filed Monday in King County Superior Court in Washington state. The document shows that the couple have a contract explaining how to divide real estate and other personal property. “The alimony is not necessary,” he adds.

A line on the petition where applicants can specify whether they have a prenuptial agreement only notes the existence of a separation agreement.

Scott, who is worth $28.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, announced his marriage to Jewett last year via his page for the Giving Pledge, a promise the ultra-rich make that they will donate the majority of their money in their life or their wills. Jewett wrote her own letter and the two were pictured together at the top of the page. Now all that’s left is Scott’s photo and letter.

Jewett was also named in a blog post by Scott, 52, on the Medium website, where she announced big giveaways in the past. These references have also been removed.

“I, Dan, a constellation of researchers, administrators, and advisers — all trying to give fortunes that have been made possible by systems that need change,” Scott wrote in a June post. Now it reads: “We try to give away a fortune that has been made possible by systems that need change.”

Requests for comment from a Scott representative and Jewett were not immediately returned. The New York Times reported the divorce filing earlier.

Scott took control of a $36 billion fortune after her divorce from Bezos, when she ended up with a 4% stake in Amazon. She has since donated her money at an unprecedented rate, sending more than $12 billion since she signed the pledge in 2019.

It’s unclear how much of a role Jewett played in Scott’s philanthropy, which has a team of experts and consultants researching a wide range of nonprofits across the country. Typically, Scott announces his donation in blog posts, the last of which was in March.

Earlier this year, Scott said his team was working on creating a website that will include a searchable database of his grants.

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