Jeff Bezos & # 39; ex-wife MacKenzie Scott has become the richest woman in the world after Amazon stocks soared on coronavirus bans.
Scott, who owns 4 percent of the e-commerce giant, added an additional $ 30.3 billion to their bank balance last year, bringing their net worth to a staggering $ 67.4 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index .
The boost comes after Amazon stocks skyrocketed on the backdrop of the pandemic, as stay-at-home orders and shuttered stores flocked consumers to the online giant for online ordering and home delivery.
Since the beginning of 2020 alone, stocks have risen from nearly $ 2,000 to $ 3,500.
The wealthy have gotten richer since the pandemic began, with US billionaire wealth spiking by $ 800 billion, while Americans find themselves on the breadline of everyday life with millions of people facing job loss.
Jeff Bezos & # 39; ex-wife MacKenzie Scott (pictured) has become the richest woman in the world after Amazon's shares soared on coronavirus lockdowns
The increase in Scott's wealth has made the philanthropist and writer the richest woman in the world and the twelfth richest person in the world.
As part of "The Giving Pledge," a commitment from some of the nation's wealthiest to donate most of their wealth, Scott has given $ 1.7 billion to nonprofits.
Scott's newfound position at the top comes after her huge divorce settlement with Amazon founder Bezos last July.
The former spouses reached an agreement and granted MacKenzie around 19.7 million Amazon.com shares, giving them a four percent stake in the company.
The deal made the writer the 22nd richest person in the world and the third richest woman in the world at the time.
The couple announced in January 2019 that they were divorcing after 25 years of marriage and four children after the National Enquirer announced that the tech entrepreneur was having an affair with former news anchor Lauren Sanchez.
Scott's ex-husband continues to be the richest person in the world with a net worth of $ 205 billion and holds his position as number one on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
Scott and Bezos in 2017. Scott's newfound position at the top comes after their mammoth divorce from Amazon founder Bezos last July. The former spouses have reached an agreement and granted MacKenzie around 19.7 million Amazon.com shares
Tesla CEO Elon Musk (left) briefly overtook Mark Zuckerberg (right) on Monday to become the third richest in the world when his net worth climbed to $ 115.4 billion when Tesla's stock split increased its shares by up to 12 Percent skyrocketed
Bill Gates is second with $ 126 billion, followed by Mark Zuckerberg with $ 112 billion and Elon Musk with $ 110 billion.
Tesla CEO Musk briefly overtook Zuckerberg on Monday when his net worth rose to $ 115.4 billion when Tesla's stock split caused its shares to surge up to 12 percent.
The auto giant's stocks are up around 500 percent this year as investors bet Musk will dominate the electric car market, and Musk's personal wealth has tripled since the pandemic began to devastate America in March.
The controversial CEO is gearing up for another boost as his board of directors will give him an additional $ 50 billion if he hits certain performance targets.
This happens despite Musk insisting that he is not interested in amassing a large personal fortune.
In May he claimed that he wanted to sell "almost all" of his belongings and that he would "not own a house".
Homeless camps have sprung up in large cities and food banks are inundated with hungry citizens who cannot afford to feed their families. A New York food bank in July
Kentucky people are standing in line in June for unemployment. Although much of the economy is now reopening, an additional million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week as state financial aid dried up
America's richest men and women have done well in the pandemic. According to Americans for Tax Fairness, U.S. billionaires' wealth has increased nearly $ 800 billion, or over 25 percent, since March.
As the rich get richer, millions of Americans have been thrown from work and struggle to survive.
Widespread business closings, mass layoffs and vacation days, and dilapidated businesses have forced more Americans onto the streets.
Homeless camps have sprung up in big cities and food banks are inundated with hungry citizens who cannot afford to feed their families.
Initial government unemployment benefit entitlements were a seasonally adjusted 1.006 million for the week ending August 22, compared to 1.104 million the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday
The Federal Reserve estimated the net worth of households in the first three months of the year by a record high of 5.6 percent. This is the biggest decrease since the 1950s.
Although much of the economy is now reopening, an additional million Americans filed new claims for unemployment benefits last week as state financial aid dried up.
Initial state unemployment benefits were a seasonally adjusted 1.006 million for the week ending August 22, compared to 1.104 million the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday.
The reopening of stores in May helped bring claims down from a record $ 6.867 million in March, but the numbers remain dwarfed ahead of the pandemic that never exceeded 700,000 in a week.
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