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MacKenzie Bezos, Ex-Wife of Jeff Bezos Pledges to Give Away Half her Fortune to Charity

Bezos' former husband, who is worth an estimated $114 billion, has not yet signed the pledge but tweeted his support for his ex-wife's decision

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FILE - Amazon's Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos are seen before their recent divorce at the 89th Academy Awards Oscars Vanity Fair Party, Beverly Hills, California, U.S., Feb 2, 2017. VOA

MacKenzie Bezos, who just months ago divorced the world’s richest man, has pledged to give away half her fortune to charity. The former wife of Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos is one of the 19 new signatories to the Giving Pledge who have promised to donate more than 50% of their wealth, the organization said.

“I have a disproportionate amount of money to share,” MacKenzie Bezos said in a letter released Tuesday. “My approach to philanthropy will continue to be thoughtful. It will take time and effort and care. But I won’t wait. And I will keep at it until the safe is empty.”

Bezos’ personal fortune is worth nearly $37 billion, making her the 22nd-richest person in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.

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Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos walks onstage in Seattle. VOA

The Giving Pledge was created by billionaires Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010. It asks the world’s wealthiest people to promise to give away half their wealth during their lifetimes or in their wills.

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Bezos’ former husband, who is worth an estimated $114 billion, has not yet signed the pledge but tweeted his support for his ex-wife’s decision. “MacKenzie is going to be amazing and thoughtful and effective at philanthropy, and I’m proud of her,” he said on Twitter.

​Other billionaires who have signed the Giving Pledge include Elon Musk, oil baron T. Boone Pickens, Michael Bloomberg, Richard Branson, and WhatsApp co-founder Brian Acton and his wife, Tegan. (VOA)

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Jeff Bezos Plans to Use Lunar’s Ice Water as Rocket Fuel

"We can harvest that ice and use it to make hydrogen and oxygen, which are rocket propellants," the report quoted Bezos as saying

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"We can harvest that ice and use it to make hydrogen and oxygen, which are rocket propellants," the report quoted Bezos as saying. VOA

Space company Blue Origin’s founder Jeff Bezos envisions fuelling rockets with lunar ice water and using the Moon as the base to explore space further. The richest man in the world discussed his vision during the JFK Space Summit that was held in Boston, Massachusetts, on Wednesday.

Bezos said one of the things he learned since the Apollo programme is that there are deposits of water ice at the bottom of craters on the moon, news portal International Business Times reported. “We can harvest that ice and use it to make hydrogen and oxygen, which are rocket propellants,” the report quoted Bezos as saying.

“The reason we chose those propellants is because we know one day we’ll be refuelling that vehicle on the surface of the Moon from propellants made on the surface of the Moon from that water ice,” Bezos added.

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Bezos said one of the things he learned since the Apollo programme is that there are deposits of water ice at the bottom of craters on the moon, news portal International Business Times reported. Wikimedia Commons

The presence of water ice on the Moon was confirmed in August 2018 by NASA’s Moon Mineralogy Mapper instrument aboard India’s Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft currently orbiting the Moon.

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Earlier in May, Bezos unveiled a new Moon-lander called ‘Blue Moon’ along with a smaller rover and spoke about his plans of getting to the Moon by 2024. “We must return to the Moon – this time to stay,” the Blue Origin CEO had said.

Bezos had described his vision of humans living on miles-long, orbiting space stations called ‘O’Neill colonies’, named after physicist Gerard O’Neill, who first floated the concept. However, SpaceX founder Elon Musk mocked Bezos’ moon plans saying that “they make no sense”. (IANS)