In a television interview, Mrs. MacKenzie Scott, ex-wife of Amazon billionaire, said her life was like the story of China’s “Father of the Lost Horse”. Her whole life seemed to be full of bad luck, but after all, she found it to be the blessings of God, creating the person she is now.
“In this life, what brings luck, what brings unhappiness, we can’t predict. So what is in the past and cannot be changed, accept it and move on“, grandma MacKenzie Scott shared.
MacKenzie Scott’s life is like a music full of ups and downs
The family is bankrupt, the rent is not even a dime
MacKenzie Scott’s childhood was like many other children, her family had a good business, so she took good care of her. However, events suddenly struck in high school, her family fell into debt and declared bankruptcy, causing the woman to be expelled from a Connecticut boarding school. Fortunately, she still found a university to lend her tuition, so MacKenzie Scott didn’t drop out midway.
To make money, MacKenzie worked as an assistant to the famous novelist Toni Morrison, helping her to make ends meet while maintaining her passion as a writer. There were times when she was so poor that she couldn’t afford the rent, so she had to sleep at Toni’s house to save more.
After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University, MacKenzie went to work at the DE Shaw Foundation in New York. There she met Jeff Bezos – vice president of the company. The two fell in love with each other and got married not long after.
MacKenzie Scott and her husband Jeff Bezos took a photo together at an event
In 1993, after becoming husband and wife, the two left DE Shaw and moved to Seattle, starting to build the now famous Amazon shopping site. At that time, it was still difficult, Ms. MacKenzie had to do everything by herself: from branding to business planning, accounting, delivery…
Not only that, MacKenzie is also the first and most expensive contract negotiator for Amazon. It is thanks to her sacrifices and efforts that Amazon is becoming more and more successful, becoming a famous website as it is today, known by everyone.
When Amazon reached its peak, she stepped back to take care of the children and take care of the family, focusing more on her writing career. In 2005, MacKenzie Scott published his first book, “The Testing of Luther Albright,” which won the American Book Award in 2006.
The two have known each other since they were young and built their careers together
“Sunshine after the rain”
Thought that such a life was already happy and complete, but unexpectedly, unhappiness kept coming. After 25 years of marriage, in 2019, her husband Mr. Bezos was discovered having an affair with TV editor Lauren Sanchez. Of course, the two could not hold each other and decided to divorce.
This “billion-dollar” divorce has caused fever in the media for a while. The court ruled that Mr. Bezos would hold 75% of Amazon’s shares, and Ms. MacKenzie of the remaining 25% – about $38 billion in cash. Naturally, she became one of the richest women in the world. According to Forbes, her fortune is now 57.3 billion dollars, ranked 22nd in the world.
Because of her husband’s adultery, it was impossible to save it, so MacKenzie Scott decided to divorce
A few months after the divorce, a small company named Lost Horse was established in Delaware (USA) for the purpose of charitable activities. Soon after, the company contacted thousands of non-profit organizations to conduct grants. This source of money comes from an anonymous person, none other than Mrs. MacKenzie.
According to statistics, the total amount of money she supports the poor reaches 12 billion dollars, even more than recorded. Her ex-husband, Mr. Bezos also has charity, but the amount is only 1/6, about 2 billion dollars.
Although she has been very secretive about giving money to charity, “no secret is forever”, Mrs. MacKenzie was called by strangers as well as old friends and relatives to ask for money. They constantly harassed her by calling, texting harassing emails in… to put pressure on her to hand over the money.
Despite such pressure and fatigue, Mrs. MacKenzie was still strong to overcome. This woman defines her philanthropy as: “Return all assets to the society, which helped me build that money. This work has been, is and will be done until there is no money left.“.
Instead of being sad after the divorce, MacKenzie Scott is still happy and does more charity
Because of his non-stop contribution to society, MacKenzie Scott made history when he entered the list of 100 most powerful women in the world in 2020 voted by Forbes. It can be said that this award is obvious and well-deserved for great people like her.
Continue to nurture?childhood dream
With that said, MacKenzie Scott has long cherished being a famous writer. Currently, she still writes and does charity work together. At the age of 6, she wrote a 142-page novel about a worm’s adventurous journey, making her parents very proud.
During her university years, Ms. MacKenzie also wrote many more works that left an impression on teachers. Ms. Morrison – who received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1996 shared, MacKenzie is an incredible, perfect and almighty writer. MacKenzie can think of fascinating details, as well as a unique way of conveying in his work.
MacKenzie Scott’s childhood dream was to be a famous writer
Old friends also gave compliments for MacKenzie: “In the school corridor, she is always quiet and quiet. But once in class, there is an argument, Mac is the most enthusiastic, saying the right sentence.”
This female billionaire is currently continuing to hone and strengthen her writing skills every day. Every morning, MacKenzie has to get up early to have time to write, then go to the company to solve charity problems. Such life goes by day by day, there are times when Mrs. MacKenzie admits that she is under too much pressure because she cannot balance the two things.
At the beginning of March 2021, MacKenzie remarried to Dan Jewett – a science teacher working at Lakeside School in Seattle, where the children are attending. Both of them are very compatible and share the same philanthropy for society. They announced that they would not keep the property, but would divide most of it, leaving only a small part to take care of the family.
MacKenzie Scott and her current husband, Mr. Dan Jewett
After the rain, the sun was shining again. MacKenzie, despite going through many ups and downs, still found a place for herself. Instead of blaming her ex-husband for treason, she chose to behave more civilly with charity, creating a beautiful image in the public’s eyes but also building a more civilized society.
Source: NY Times