Bezos’ journey of public philanthropy started with the Bezos Earth Fund in 2020 — which had already donated nearly a billion dollars within a year. The fund, which has a commitment of $10 billion, has a focus on causes like natural restoration and conservation, environmental justice, reducing the carbon footprint at industrial scales, farming, and combating pollution, among others.
Notably, Bezos has not signed the Giving Pledge — a worldwide campaign involving billionaires that have pledged to give away a majority of their wealth towards charitable causes. Bezos’ ex-wife MacKenzie Scott has signed up for the initiative, and in mid-November announced that in the past seven months alone, Scott had given away $2 billion from her own wealth. Overall, Scott has donated north of $14 billion to charity since her separation from Bezos in 2019.
The Giving Pledge has courted the likes of Elon Musk, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett, George Lucas, Mark Zuckerberg, Richard Branson, Michael Bloomberg, Reed Hoffman, and Larry Ellison among famous other billionaires.
During the CNN interview, Bezos was also asked about the longevity of the looming recession, to which he replied that “even the most experienced economists in the world can’t answer that question.” Notably, Amazon plans to lay off over 10,000 workers in the coming days, continuing a worrying trend of massive layoffs at tech giants like Meta and Twitter.