Ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos pledges half her fortune to charity

The ex-wife of Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos has pledged half her fortune to charity, following in the footsteps of billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill Gates.

MacKenzie Bezos finalised her divorce in April and reportedly got a stake in the online shopping giant worth more than 35 billion dollars (£27.5 billion).

The Giving Pledge was started in 2010 by 40 of the wealthiest people in the US.

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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos (L) and MacKenzie Bezos attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)
FILE: Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., left, holds hands with his wife MacKenzie Bezos, while arriving for a morning session during the Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Thursday, July 11, 2013. Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, the worlds richest person, and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after 25 years. Bezos, 54, is worth $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the worlds 500 wealthiest people. The couple met when they both worked at hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and they married in 1993. He founded Amazon a year later. Photographer: Daniel Acker/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE: Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., and his wife Mackenzie Bezos, arrive at the Robin Hood Foundations annual benefit in New York, U.S., on Monday, May 12, 2014. Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, the worlds richest person, and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after 25 years. Bezos, 54, is worth $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the worlds 500 wealthiest people. The couple met when they both worked at hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and they married in 1993. He founded Amazon a year later. Photographer: Peter Foley/Bloomberg via Getty Images
FILE: Jeff Bezos, founder and chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., and his wife MacKenzie Bezos, arrive for morning sessions at the 28th annual Allen & Co. Media and Technology Conference in Sun Valley, Idaho, U.S., on Saturday, July 10, 2010. Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos, the worlds richest person, and his wife MacKenzie are divorcing after 25 years. Bezos, 54, is worth $137 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, a ranking of the worlds 500 wealthiest people. The couple met when they both worked at hedge fund D.E. Shaw, and they married in 1993. He founded Amazon a year later. Photographer: Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos poses as they arrive at the headquarters of publisher Axel-Springer where he will receive the Axel Springer Award 2018 on April 24, 2018 in Berlin. (Photo by JORG CARSTENSEN / dpa / AFP) (Photo credit should read JORG CARSTENSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his wife MacKenzie Bezos arrive at the headquarters of publisher Axel-Springer where he will receive the Axel Springer Award 2018 on April 24, 2018 in Berlin. (Photo by Jörg Carstensen / dpa / AFP) / Germany OUT (Photo credit should read JORG CARSTENSEN/AFP/Getty Images)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - MARCH 04: Jeff Bezos (L) and MacKenzie Bezos attend the 2018 Vanity Fair Oscar Party hosted by Radhika Jones at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on March 4, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Mike Coppola/VF18/Getty Images for VF)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - JANUARY 06: Chief Executive Officer of Amazon Jeff Bezos (L) and MacKenzie Bezos attend the SEAN PENN J/P HRO GALA: A Gala Dinner to Benefit J/P Haitian Relief Organization and a Coalition of Disaster Relief Organizations at Milk Studios on January 6, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Greg Doherty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Image)
WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 26: (L-R) CEO of Amazon Jeff Bezos and writer MacKenzie Bezos attend the Amazon Studios Oscar Celebration at Delilah on February 26, 2017 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for Amazon)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 10: Entrepreneur Jeff Bezos (R) and MacKenzie Bezos attend the 73rd Annual Golden Globe Awards held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 10, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.' (Photo by Michael Kovac/Getty Images for Moet & Chandon)
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It involves billionaires pledging more than half of their wealth to charitable causes either while they are alive or in their wills.

"We each come by the gifts we have to offer by an infinite series of influences and lucky breaks we can never fully understand," she wrote in a letter.

"In addition to whatever assets life has nurtured in me, I have a disproportionate amount of money to share."

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