Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has given less of his wealth to charity than Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or even Donald Trump, according to new figures. The wo
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has given less of his wealth to charity than Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or even Donald Trump, according to new figures.
The world’s wealthiest man, who is currently in the midst of a pricey divorce from his wife of 25 years MacKenzie, donated just 0.0906 per cent of his considerable wealth, public records show.
Bezos, 55, gave a tiny slice of of his $160 billion fortune – $145 million – to help charitable causes, The New York Post reports.
That puts the magnate way behind Bill and Melinda Gates who gave away 37 per cent of their fortune and Warren Buffet who donated 36 per cent of his wealth.
Washington-based The Chronicle of Philanthropy say Microsoft founder Gates is the most generous philanthropist in the US.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan gave away four per cent and even President Trump donated three per cent of his $3 billion fortune.
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos gives less of his wealth to charity than Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, or even Donald Trump according to new figures
Microsoft founder Gates and his wife Melinda are the most generous philanthropist in the US, according to Washington-based The Chronicle of Philanthropy
The world’s wealthiest man Bezos, pictured, ‘donated just 0.0906 per cent of his wealth’
Amazon CEO Bezos, right, is now in a relationship with former TV host Lauren Sanchez
Earlier this month Bezos, who also operates the private space exploration firm Blue Origin and owns the Washington Post newspaper, announced he was getting a divorce from his wife of 25 years, MacKenzie on Twitter.
The post came a day before his eight-month long romance with Lauren Sanchez was revealed.
Their divorce is likely to make 48-year-old MacKenzie, a novelist, the richest woman in the world after the pair did not sign a pre-nup agreement leaving her entitled to half of his massive $140billion fortune.
Sources say he is now planning on moving in with new girlfriend Lauren and they are ‘very much together’.
Bezos’ parent started the Bezos Family Foundation back in 2000 but up until 2017 Bezos contributed just under $6 million to the group.
In 2013 Brad Stone’s book The Everything Store said employees at Amazon did not even get subsidized meals at company cafeterias.
Amazon has been criticized in its home of Seattle, Washington, for doing little to address problems of the growing homeless population.
Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan ‘gave four per cent of their $54 billion wealth’
Figures show President Donald Trump, left, donated three per cent of his $3 billion fortune while Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, right, gave 13 per cent
Warren Buffett, pictured, came second to Bill and Melinda Gates in the figures which show he donated 36 per cent of his wealth
His charitable efforts appear to have been on the up of late after he gave $33 million to fund scholarship for ‘dreamers,’ the name given to undocumented children of immigrants who face legal obstacles in attending college or university.
He also donated $10 million to a group called With Honor which helps veterans enter politics and has earmarked nearly $100 million for homeless charities.
In September he launched the Bezos Day One Fund, which will provide aid to homeless families and open preschools in low-income communities.
Bezos, who has homes in Seattle, Washington DC, Texas and Beverly Hills, California, made a $2billion initial commitment to the philanthropic fund.
But while that number seem impressive in reality only amounts to 1.2 percent of his estimated net worth.