According to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos' ex-wife MacKenzie Scott has become the richest woman in the world, with a net worth of $68 billion. Scott surpassed L'Oreal heiress Bettencourt Meyers who controls 33 per cent stake in the largest cosmetics manufacturer.
On Monday, Jeff Bezos' ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott, became the world's richest woman by the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, with a net worth of $68 billion.
The Amazon founder's 50-year-old former wife overtook L'Oreal SA heiress Francoise Bettencourt Meyers for the first time in becoming the 12th richest person in the world.
As per NBC News, this reshuffling at the top of the US billionaires list was allegedly due to a pandemic-induced surge in tech stocks.
Last week, following Jeff Bezos and Bill Gates, Tesla CEO Elon Musk overtook Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg to become the world's, third-richest man.
Since the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown began in March, the combined wealth of the US billionaire has grown by almost $800 billion or more than 25%.
As part of their divorce, author and philanthropist Scott, who has been married to Bezos for 25 years, obtained a 4 per cent stake in Amazon, whose stock has expanded as a result of increased online sales and home deliveries.
Shares have risen from almost $2,000 to $3,500 since the beginning of the year.
Last year, a month after her divorce from Bezos, Scott signed the Giving Pledge-a movement created by fellow billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffet-where she vowed to devote at least half of her personal wealth over her lifetime to philanthropic causes.
"Grateful to have finished the process of dissolving my marriage with Jeff with support from each other and everyone who reached out to us in kindness, and looking forward to next phase as co-parents and friends," Scott wrote on Twitter at the time. "Happy to be giving all of my interests in the Washington Post and Blue Origin, and 75 % of our Amazon stock plus voting control of my shares to support his continued contributions with the teams of these incredible companies. Excited about my own plans. Grateful for the past as I look forward to what comes next."