Mackenzie Bezos is an American novelist and philanthropist. Mackenzie Bezos is an executive director of Bystander Revolution. It is an anti-bullying organization that was founded in 2014. She is the former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
Table of Biography
Early life and Childhood
Mackenzie Bezos was born Mackenzie Scott Tuttle on April 7th, 1970, in San Francisco, California, USA. She is 50 years old and she is an Aries. Likewise, Mackenzie holds an American nationality with Caucasian ethnicity. Mackenzie Bezos is the daughter of Ted Jorgensen who is a financial planner, and Jacqueline Gise who is a homemaker.
Mackenzie since childhood was interested in writing stories and loved literature. Her parents always encouraged her by giving her the best education for her to pursue her interested field of journalism. Likewise, she did her high school from Hotchkiss High School, Connecticut from where she graduated in 1988. She pursued her Bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University and graduated with the highest honors in 1992. Toni Morrison said that Bezos was one of the best students in his creative writing classes.
Career and Professional Life
Mackenzie started her career in writing by doing a variety of jobs including research assistant to Tony Morrison the famous novelist. Furthermore, she was one of the brightest students in the class of Tony Morrison during her Princeton days. Working as a research assistant to Tony Morrison was a great learning experience after college.
Mackenzie worked for almost ten years to complete her novel “The Testing of Luther Albright”. Similarly, this was the period when she helped her ex-husband set up Amazing.com. Furthermore, it became an instant success and received favorable reviews too. Her second book “Traps” was the makings of Hollywood thriller. The story revolved around four women from different walks of life who encounter each other on a four-day road trip.
As an author, her major work includes ‘The Testing of Luther Albright’ (2005) and ‘Traps’ (2013). She has also published the single star review of the book ‘The Everything Store : Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon’ by Brad Stone.
Furthermore, Mackenzie is also a social activist. She works for many causes like anti-bullying, nature activism and others. Her anti-bullying organization “Bystander Revolution” has a website that includes hundreds of unscripted videos with students, celebrities, and experts talking about how to deal with bullying.
MacKenzie and Jeff Bezos, her ex-husband are on the board of directors of the Bezos Family Foundation which focuses exclusively on education that was the passion of Jeff’s parents. As a couple, they had done several philanthropic footprints by donating huge amounts for medical research on cancer and neurological disorders.
Further to all this, MacKenzie Bezos worked as a research associate for her husband at D. E. Shaw. It is a New York City hedge fund. They married in 1993 and later moved to Seattle in 1994.
Awards, Net Worth, and Charity
Mackenzie received an award in the year 2006. It was the ‘American Book Award’ for ‘Outstanding Literary Achievement’. Furthermore, it is in the recognition of her novel ‘The Testing of Luther Albright’. The book was also named ‘Los Angeles Times’ book of the year.
Being a novelist and journalist, she has gained a lot of fortune. Before the divorce, her net worth was $36 Billion. After divorce, in 2020, her net worth is $42.2 Billion. She received $35.6 billion in Amazon stock after divorce. MacKenzie is the third richest woman in the world, as well as one of the wealthiest people overall at present. Furthermore, after divorce, MacKenzie signed the Giving Pledge initiative so as to donate at least half of her wealth to charitable causes. This was done in May 2019.
Relationship Status and Rumors
MacKenzie is a divorcee. She and Jeff announced their divorce via Twitter on January 9th, 2019. Whereas they finalized their divorce on April 4th, 2019. Mackenzie also declared that she won’t change her last name to her maiden name and rather keep the Bezos last name.
Before, they met each other while working under him at the New York City hedge fund company, DE Shaw. The duo fell in love and got married in 1993, after a brief courtship. Thereafter, the duo moved to Seattle, Washington. Her husband started his venture of online marketing and later founded the world’s largest online retailer, Amazon.com.
She along with her husband have supported gay rights to help an Amazon.com employee with her relationship. The pair even donated $ 2.5 million to a Washington State campaign to legalize same-sex marriage in 2012.
Likewise, the couple welcomed four children together; three sons and one adopted a Chinese daughter who is the youngest child. Nevertheless, Mackenzie has been in a friendly relation with her ex-husband even after divorce.
However, at the time of divorce, there was the scandal of Jeff Bezos. Jeff Bezos was rumored to dating Lauren Sanchez, the former news anchor.
Mackenzie has a very strong personality, be it her nature or physical look. She stands at the height of 5 feet 7 inch weighing 60 kg. Her body measurement is 34-26-35. Likewise, her strong personality compliments well with her light brown eye and dark brown hair color.
Despite Mackenzie being an influencer and a famous personality, she is not very active on social media platforms. She is available on Twitter with username @mackenziebezos and her account has 55.7k followers. Moreover, she joined Twitter in April 2019.