Jeff Bezos' ex-wife MacKenzie Scott is the world's richest woman

MacKenzie Scott has been named the world's richest woman. Images Getty

MacKenzie Scott has been named the world's richest woman. Images Getty

Jeff Bezos' ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott is now the world's richest woman after Amazon shares surged during coronavirus lockdown.

Scott - who earlier this summer dropped the Bezos surname she had kept since their 2019 divorce - has added a staggering $30.3 billion to her net worth so far in 2020, thanks to Amazon's stratospheric stock growth as stuck-at-home consumers have turned to the e-commerce giant for their shopping needs.

Shares have risen from almost $2,000 to $3,500 since the start of 2020 alone.

Scott's recently discovered spot at the high spot comes after her mammoth separation settlement from Amazon author Bezos last July.

In fact, just last Wednesday (26 August), the CEO became the first person in the world to be worth more than $200bn (£150bn), according to Bloomberg. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.

The philanthropist and writer has been involved with "The Giving Pledge", which sees some of the richest people in the U.S. donate some of their wealth to charity.

The affluent have been getting more extravagant with United States very rich person riches developing by $800 billion since the pandemic began, while consistently Americans find themselves on the breadline with many millions supported with work misfortunes.

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Scott and Bezos in 2017.

The former spouses reached a settlement, granting MacKenzie around 19.7 million shares, giving her a four percent stake in the company.

Scott now ranks behind several other known tech and business moguls such as Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet.

Shares in Tesla have surged by around 500 per cent this year, as investors bet on Musk dominating the electric auto market, and Musk's personal wealth has tripled since the pandemic started ravaging the USA back in March.

Scott, 50, has promised to give away most of her wealth within her lifetime.

Bezos, the world's richest man, hasn't signed the pledge, according to a list of signatories. The index closed around 5 percent lower than the previous session.

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