Amazon CEO, Jeff Bezos’ ex-wife, MacKenzie Scott has become the world’s richest woman after Amazon shares surged during the coronavirus lockdown.
Bloomberg Billionaires Index reported that Scott, who controls a 4 percent stake in the online trading giant, raked in another $30.3 billion to her bank balance in the last year, surging her net worth to a staggering $67.4 billion.
The surge occurred after Amazon stocks skyrocketed with shares rising from nearly $2,000 to $3,500 since the start of 2020 alone.
Scott’s risen wealth makes her the wealthiest woman in the world and the 12th richest person in the world.
She had received a quarter of Bezos’ Amazon shares in the couple’s divorce settlement in 2019. The agreement made the novelist the 22nd richest person in the world and third richest woman in the world at the time.
The couple divorced in January 2019 after 25 years of marriage and four children. The split occurred after the tech giant’s secret affair with former news anchor Lauren Sanchez was exposed.
Bloomberg Billionaires list has Bezos as the richest person in the world with a net worth of $205 billion, while Bill Gates is second with $126 billion to his name.