In 2019, Scott and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos (who owns The Washington Post) ended their 25-year marriage, granting Scott about 4 percent of Amazon, a discount worth about $36 billion at the time. Since then, Scott has donated her fortune at an astonishing rate — an estimated $12 billion to more than 1,200 groups in three years, the Times reported in March.
Most recently, Scott donated $15 million to the Health Forward Foundation and $20 million to the Episcopal Health Foundation, the organizations announced Tuesday. Earlier this month, Scott donated two Beverly Hills homes worth a total of $55 million to the California Community Foundation, a charitable organization based in Los Angeles.
Jeff Bezos, in divorce settlement, will keep 75 percent of Amazon stock he owned with Scott
Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index estimates Scott’s wealth at $28.9 billion, making her the 39th richest person on that list.
Scott’s attorney did not immediately respond to requests for comment on the divorce filing. Through a legal assistant, Jewett’s lawyer declined to comment.
The couple’s marriage was made public in March 2021, when Jewett — then a science teacher at Seattle’s Lakeside School, where Scott’s children took classes — posted a letter to Scott’s profile on the Giving Pledge. Philanthropists pledge through the organization to donate most of their wealth during their lifetime or after their death.
In the letter, Jewett wrote that he had been a teacher for most of his life and had learned from “the generosity of those around me.”
“And now, in a happy coincidence, I have married one of the most generous and kind people I know – joining her in a commitment to pass on immense financial wealth to serve others. he wrote.
That letter is now missing from the site, as is Jewett’s name. A photo of him and Scott posing together has also been replaced with a photo of just Scott. Scott’s Amazon author page, which lists her two novels, no longer lists “her husband, Dan,” as the Times reported. And Jewett’s name was edited from a June 2021 Medium post where Scott discussed her donations, as the Times noted.
It is unclear what the divorce application means for the… Promise of commitment. The organization did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Wednesday.
The divorce petition notes that Scott and Jewett were married in California and that they both reside in King County, which includes Seattle.
Praveena Somasundaram contributed to this report.