MacKenzie Scott proves living with dignity is the best revenge
Not since Jennifer Aniston has a wronged girl finished a lot proper.
MacKenzie Scott, the fourth-richest girl on the earth, introduced on Tuesday that she has dropped Bezos from her identify 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 close friend Lauren Sanchez — spent the week dropping $10 million on an LA residence, simply close to the $165 million mansion he bought from David Geffen. On Friday, Amazon posted a second-quarter revenue of $5.2 billion, the biggest in its 26-year-history, as a consequence of a pandemic that’s in any other case ravaging the economic system.
Days earlier, Bezos testified earlier than Congress in an antitrust listening to, in search of to downplay Amazon’s world dominance whereas casually snacking on digital camera.
“Identical to the world wants small corporations, it additionally wants massive ones,” Bezos stated.
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 hold 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 wish 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 wish to discuss to you and plan with you. Hear 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 recognized something.”
These texts wound up splashed everywhere in the Nationwide Enquirer, and federal investigators told The Wall Street Journal that the sexts had been leaked by none apart from Sanchez’s brother, who acquired a $200,000 payday from the tabloid.
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 taking part in glad households did to Aniston.
Particularly as Bezos’ sexts had been written months earlier than MacKenzie and Bezos celebrated their 25th marriage ceremony anniversary in Miami.
Think about MacKenzie’s humiliation. Think about what she should have finished to cover the worst from their 4 kids whereas Bezos and Sanchez saved flying everywhere in the nation, trying out multimillion-dollar houses 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 told the Seattle Post-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 put in writing whereas she raised young children. Little is thought 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 commenced seeing Sanchez, a former host on “So You Assume You Can Dance,” MacKenzie stated nothing.
She maintained her dignity, acquired an ideal divorce lawyer and walked away with more cash than she’ll ever want (present value: $62.three billion).
Their divorce was settled out of courtroom, which saved the custody association for his or her three minor youngsters secret. She signed the Giving Pledge and stated on Tuesday, partially:
“Like many, I watched the primary half of 2020 with a combination of heartbreak and horror.”
Subtext: My ex-husband soullessly income from this pandemic whereas firing staff who’re refused toilet 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 buildings which current alternatives to some individuals, and obstacles to numerous others.”
Bezos is notoriously stingy on the subject of charitable giving, preferring to compete with Elon Musk over colonizing area.
As Aniston infamously stated of ex-husband Brad Pitt in 2005, “There‘s a sensitivity chip that’s lacking.”
It’s laborious to consider a extra apt description of Bezos — or a greater post-divorce life awaiting MacKenzie than the one she has designed for herself.