Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott is getting divorced from her 2nd husband

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Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott is getting divorced from her 2nd husband
MacKenzie Scott in 2018.Jörg Carstensen/picture alliance via Getty Images
  • MacKenzie Scott has filed for divorce from her second husband, Dan Jewett.
  • The news came after Jewett was quietly removed from her online posts about her charitable giving.
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MacKenzie Scott and her second husband, Dan Jewett, are getting divorced.

Scott, a philanthropist and the ex-wife of the Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, filed a petition for divorce Monday in King County Superior Court in Washington. Scott and Jewett, a former science teacher, have been married since early 2021.

The New York Times was the first to report the news Wednesday.

News of the filing came after a report from The Times pointing out that Jewett had been quietly deleted from several of Scott's online posts about her philanthropic endeavors, including on the Giving Pledge website, in a Medium post about her charitable giving, and on her Amazon author bio.

Scott is worth $27.8 billion, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimates. Her divorce from Bezos in 2019 made her a billionaire, mainly because of her 3% stake in Amazon.

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Over the past three years, Scott has become one of the nation's leading philanthropists, a mission she appeared to share with Jewett, who was a chemistry teacher at Lakeside School, a Seattle-area private school that Scott's children attended. Scott and Jewett announced their marriage in March 2021 via a post on the Giving Pledge's site — Jewett had signed on to Scott's commitment to give away at least half her wealth during her lifetime or shortly after her death.

"I am married to one of the most generous and kind people I know — and joining her in a commitment to pass on an enormous financial wealth to serve others," Jewett wrote beside a photo of himself and Scott.

Now, Scott's Giving Pledge page contains a new headshot of her and no mention of Jewett. Recent recipients of grants from Scott have thanked only her, while in the past, they thanked both her and Jewett, The Times reported.

Scott announced in March that she'd donated about $3.9 billion to 465 nonprofits in the previous nine months, bringing her total to over $12 billion. She recently donated two Beverly Hills, California, mansions worth roughly $55 million to the California Community Foundation, a Los Angeles-area charity — in a statement about the gift, the foundation's CEO thanked Scott alone.

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