MacKenzie Scott, one of the world’s richest and most influential philanthropists, filed for divorce from Dan Jewett, a science teacher she married after her 201[ads1]9 divorce from Amazon.com Inc. founder Jeff Bezos.
“We are asking the court to dissolve our marriage,” Scott said in a motion filed in King County Superior Court in Washington state on Monday. The document shows that the couple has a contract that describes how they will divide real estate and other personal property. “Spousal support is not required,” it adds.
A line on the petition where filers can specify whether they have a prenuptial agreement merely notes the existence of a separation agreement.
Scott, who is worth $28.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, announced her marriage to Jewett last year via her page for the Giving Pledge, a pledge the ultra-rich make that they will give away most of their money in their lifetime. or their will. Jewett wrote a separate letter, and the two were pictured together at the top of the page. Now all that remains is Scott’s headshot and letter.
Jewett was also named in a blog post by Scott, 52, on the website Medium, where she has announced large gifts in the past. These references have also been deleted.
“Me, Dan, a constellation of researchers and administrators and advisors — we’re all trying to give away a fortune that was enabled by systems in need of change,” Scott wrote in a post in June. Now it says: “We are trying to give away a fortune that was made possible by systems that need change.”
Requests for comment to a Scott representative and Jewett were not immediately returned. The New York Times reported the divorce filing earlier.
Scott took control of a $36 billion fortune after her divorce from Bezos, leaving her with a 4% stake in Amazon. She has since given away her money at an unprecedented pace, sending out more than $12 billion since signing the pledge in 2019.
It’s unclear how big a role Jewett played in the philanthropy of Scott, who has a team of experts and consultants scouting a wide range of nonprofits across the country. Scott usually announces her giving in blog posts, the most recent of which was in March.
Earlier this year, Scott said her team is working to build a website that will include a searchable database of her scholarships.