Former President Barack Obama’s private foundation announced Monday that it had been promised a $ 100 million donation from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.
The gift, the largest to date for the Obama Foundation, was one in a series of splashing donations from Mr. Bezos, one of the world’s richest men, in recent months. Last week, Mr. Bezos announced $ 96.2 million in grants to groups working to end family homelessness.
Since resigning as CEO of Amazon in July, Mr. Bezos has significantly raised his profile as a philanthropist, in addition to traveling to space on a ship made by his rocket company, Blue Origin.
In return for the donation, Mr. Bezos requested that a square at the Obama Presidential Center be named after civil rights leader John Lewis, who died last year. The foundation broke ground on the center, which will include Mr. Obama’s presidential library, a museum, an athletic center and more, earlier this year.
“Freedom fighters deserve a special place in the pantheon of heroes, and I can not imagine a more appropriate person to honor with this gift than John Lewis, a great American leader and a man of extraordinary decency and courage,” Mr. Bezos said in a statement issued by the Obama Foundation. “I am delighted to support President and Mrs. Obama and their foundation in their mission to train and inspire tomorrow’s leaders.”
The news of the gift was previously reported by the online newsgroup Puck.
It was neither Mr. Bezos’ greatest gift in recent months nor his first brush with Mr. Obama’s trajectory. In September, Mr. Bezos, alongside John Kerry, Mr. Obama’s former Secretary of State, pledged $ 1 billion through his Bezos Earth Fund for conservation.