Not since Jennifer Aniston has a wronged lady accomplished a lot proper.
MacKenzie Scott, the fourth-richest lady on the planet, introduced on Tuesday that she has dropped Bezos from her title and donated $1.7 billion to 119 nonprofits, with an emphasis on racial equality, marginalized teams and financial mobility.
In the meantime, her ex-husband, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos — who publicly left MacKenzie for her shut good friend Lauren Sanchez — spent the week dropping $10 million on an LA dwelling, simply close to the $165 million mansion he purchased from David Geffen. On Friday, Amazon posted a second-quarter revenue of $5.2 billion, the largest in its 26-year-history, because of a pandemic that’s in any other case ravaging the financial system.
Days earlier, Bezos testified earlier than Congress in an antitrust listening to, searching for to downplay Amazon’s world dominance whereas casually snacking on digicam.
“Similar to the world wants small corporations, it additionally wants massive ones,” Bezos mentioned.
Such a smug, reductive assertion, however one typical of a Large Tech overlord who is aware of his cash will purchase all of the lawmakers it must maintain Amazon intact.
That is the conceitedness Bezos deems publicly acceptable. Are you able to think about what he’s like in personal? As a husband?
“I like you, alive lady,” a still-married Bezos texted Sanchez in 2018. “I’ll present you with my physique, and my lips and my eyes, very quickly.”
“I need to get somewhat drunk with you tonight,” went one other textual content to Sanchez amid raunchy selfies. “Not falling down. Just a bit drunk. I need to discuss to you and plan with you. Pay attention and chuckle. I mainly WANT TO BE WITH YOU!!!”
“You make me higher,” learn one other. “You’re meant for me. I do know it extra clearly than I’ve ever identified something.”
These texts wound up splashed everywhere in the Nationwide Enquirer, and federal investigators instructed The Wall Road Journal that the sexts have been leaked by none apart from Sanchez’s brother, who acquired a $200,000 payday from the tabloid. (Her brother denies the claims.)
For MacKenzie, these indiscretions should have dealt the identical blow that the notorious W cowl (and accompanying 60-page unfold) of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie enjoying glad households did to Aniston.
Particularly as Bezos’ sexts have been written months earlier than MacKenzie and Bezos celebrated their 25th wedding ceremony anniversary in Miami.
Think about MacKenzie’s humiliation. Think about what she should have accomplished to cover the worst from their 4 youngsters whereas Bezos and Sanchez stored flying everywhere in the nation, trying out multimillion-dollar properties and parading their standing as Large Tech’s Most Scandalous Couple.
When MacKenzie married Bezos in 1993, he was simply one other laptop nerd.
“I do keep in mind the primary time I heard him chuckle,” she instructed the Seattle Publish-Intelligencer in 2005. “I met him on the hedge fund the place we labored in New York … I might hear him laughing all day. I fell in love along with his chuckle.”
On the time, MacKenzie was publicizing her debut novel, which took her eight years to jot down whereas she raised young children. Little is understood of her story, however clearly she put her ambitions on maintain so Bezos might pursue world domination.
After Jeff acquired himself a midlife mogul makeover in 2017 and started seeing Sanchez, a former host on “So You Assume You Can Dance,” MacKenzie mentioned nothing.
She maintained her dignity, acquired an incredible divorce lawyer and walked away with extra money than she’ll ever want (present price: $62.three billion).
Their divorce was settled out of courtroom, which stored the custody association for his or her three minor children secret. She signed the Giving Pledge and mentioned on Tuesday, partially:
“Like many, I watched the primary half of 2020 with a mix of heartbreak and horror.”
Subtext: My ex-husband soullessly income from this pandemic whereas firing employees who’re refused rest room breaks and primary human dignity.
She additionally wrote: “There’s no query in my thoughts that anybody’s private wealth is the product of a collective effort” — ahem — “and of social constructions which current alternatives to some folks, and obstacles to numerous others.”
Bezos is notoriously stingy in the case of charitable giving, preferring to compete with Elon Musk over colonizing house.
As Aniston infamously mentioned of ex-husband Brad Pitt in 2005, “There‘s a sensitivity chip that’s lacking.”
It’s onerous to consider a extra apt description of Bezos — or a greater post-divorce life awaiting MacKenzie than the one she has designed for herself.