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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

Friday, February 19, 2021

Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott Top the List of Largest Donors in 2020

Bezos"The top 50 biggest donors in the U.S. contributed a total of $24.7 billion in 2020, more than a 56% increase from 2019's $15.8 billion."

At the top of the list was Jeff Bezos, who contributed $10 million to launch the Bezos Earth Fund, which is focused on climate change. Bezos also contributed $100 million to Feeding America. 

Mackenzie Scott, the former wife of Bezos was number two on the list, as she contributed a total $5.7 billion in 2020. Scott supported 512 charities. Scott is the second-largest funder of racial equity with a $586.7 million pledge made last year. 

"Bezos’s $100 million donation to food banks, Scott’s donations to racial justice and equity, community-based organizations, and organizations led by people of color and women, is a strong statement as to how donors are gradually focusing on tackling perpetual poverty and systemic change, Berman says." 

See Fang Block, Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Scott Top the List of Largest Donors in 2020, Barrons, February 9, 2021. 

Special thanks to Joel C. Dobris (Professor of Law, UC Davis School of Law) for bringing this article to my attention.


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