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Jeff Bezos Plans to Give Most of His Fortune to Charity

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Jeff Bezos plans to give away most of his $124 billion fortune during his lifetime, he told CNN in an exclusive interview Monday. This is the first time the Amazon founder has committed to doing so.

The billionaire, who is the world’s fourth-richest person, according to Bloomberg, said that he and girlfriend Lauren Sanchez are preparing “to be able to give away this money.”

However, he hasn’t figured out the best way to do so, as he wanted to maximize the impact of his donations.

Bezos has also made several nine-figure donations to institutions like the Smithsonian’s Air and Space Museum.

“I just feel honored to be able to be a part of what they’re doing for this world,” Bezos told CNN.

Bezos was previously criticized for not signing the Giving Pledge, a commitment by many of the nation’s wealthiest people to give away at least half their fortunes, started in 2010 by Bill and Melinda Gates, Warren Buffett and others. Bezos’ ex-wife, author and philanthropist MacKenzie Scott signed the pledge in 2019 after their divorce.