MacKenzie Scott has filed for divorce from her second husband, Dan Jewett. The news comes after Jewett was quietly removed from her online posts about her charitable giving. Scott, who is worth $27.8 billion, married Jewett in 2021 after divorcing Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. Loading Something is loading.
MacKenzie Scott and her second husband, Dan Jewett, are getting divorced.
Scott, a philanthropist and the ex-wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, filed a divorce petition Monday in King County Superior Court in Washington state. Scott and Jewett, a former physics teacher, have been married since early 2021.
The New York Times was the first to report the news on Wednesday.
The news of the filing comes after a report from The Times that indicated that Jewett had been quietly removed from several of Scott’s online posts about her philanthropic endeavors, including on the Giving Pledge website, in a Medium post about her charitable giving and on her Amazon author bio.
Scott is currently worth $27.8 billion, according to Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index. Her divorce from Bezos in 2019 made her a billionaire in her own right, mainly derived from her 3% stake in Amazon.
Over the past three years, Scott has become one of the nation’s foremost philanthropists, a mission she seemed to share with Jewett, who was a chemistry teacher at Lakeside School, a private Seattle school where Scott’s kids attended. When Scott and Jewett announced their marriage in March 2021, it was via a posting on the Giving Pledge website – Jewett had signed on to Scott’s commitment to give away at least half of her wealth during her lifetime or shortly after her death.
“I am married to one of the most generous and kind people I know – and join her in a commitment to pass on immense financial wealth to serve others,” Jewett wrote, accompanied by a photo of himself and Scott.
Now, Scott’s Giving Pledge page features a new headshot of her and no mention of Jewett. Recent grant recipients from Scott have thanked only her, while in the past they have thanked both her and Jewett, The Times reports.
Scott announced in March that she had donated approximately $3.9 billion to 465 nonprofits in the past nine months, bringing her total to more than $12 billion. She recently donated two Beverly Hills mansions worth about $55 million to the California Community Foundation, a Los Angeles-based charity — in a statement about the gift, the foundation’s CEO thanked only Scott.