United States: Amazon.com Inc founder Jeff Bezos will give away a majority of his $124 billion wealth during his lifetime, the billionaire told CNN in an interview on Monday.
Without providing further details, Bezos said he and partner journalist-turned-philanthropist Lauren Sánchez were “building the capacity to be able to give away this money”.
The billionaire has committed $10 billion to fight climate change and protect nature through the Bezos Earth Fund, where he is the executive chair.
The fund did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.
Country music star and philanthropist Dolly Parton received $100 million through the “Bezos Courage & Civility Award”, an honour recognising leaders who “pursue solutions with courage and civility,” he said on Twitter on Saturday.
We’ve just announced a new Courage and Civility award recipient — @DollyParton, who leads with her heart, and will put this $100 million award to great use helping so many people. She joins prior awardees, @VanJones68 and @Chefjoseandres. Congrats, Dolly! pic.twitter.com/dzTuoGVp3G
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) November 12, 2022
Bezos, who stepped down as chief executive of Amazon in 2021, owns about 10% of the e-commerce giant, along with news organisation Washington Post and space tourism company Blue Origin.