MacKenzie Scott, the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, has become the richest woman in the world, and the 12th richest person after Amazon stocks skyrocketed amid the pandemic.
The philanthropist has added another $30 billion to her bank balance, bringing her net worth to $67 billion, Bloomberg Billionaire Index shows.
This comes after Amazon shares surged amid coronavirus lockdown as people and businesses flocked to home deliveries and online orders.
Scott has given $1.7 billion to nonprofit organizations as part of ‘The Giving Pledge.’
Her new position at the top 20 comes after her divorce settlement from Bezos. They reached a settlement, giving her 19.7 million Amazon stocks that made her the third richest woman and the 22nd richest person in the world during that time.
Bezos continues to be the richest person in the world with a net worth of a staggering $205 billion, according to Bloomberg Billionaire Index.
The second richest person in the world is Bill Gates with $126 billion, followed by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg with $112 billion and Tesla CEO Elon Musk with $110 billion.
While the rich get richer amid the pandemic, millions of people have been left without jobs and many were left struggling to make ends meet.
Businesses falling into disrepair, mass furloughs, layoffs, and widespread company closures have forced more people on the streets.
Hungry citizens flocked to food banks and homeless campsites are increasing in big cities.
The reopening in May helped to reduce claims for state unemployment benefits from a record of 6.867 million in March.
But last week, one million Americans more filed new claims despite the reopening of businesses.
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