Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said in an interview with CNN that he plans to donate most of his wealth to charity within his lifetime, the first time he's made such a pledge.Bezos is currently the fourth richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $124.1 billion, per Forbes.In an interview with CNN's Chloe Melas that aired Monday, Bezos confirmed that he intends to donate the majority of his wealth to charitable causes. According to Bezos, most of...
Since stepping down as chairman and CEO of Amazon in July 2021, Bezos has made good on his promise to focus on philanthropy. In October 2022, his $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund announced it was looking to build a coalition of African and European countries to reverse deforestation and degradation of more than 38.6K square miles of land in Africa by 2030. Later that month, during a speech he gave accepting the Galileo Prophets of Philanthropy Award from the Vatican, he declared that his for-profit space exploration company, Blue Origin — which he reportedly funds with $1 billion a year of his own money — also has an altruistic long-term goal: to move all polluting industry off Earth. His charitable efforts have yet to put a dent in his net worth, which in 2022 was estimated to be around $140 billion.