Jeff Bezos donates 100 million dollars to the Obama Foundation
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos gave the Obama Foundation $100 million, the largest gift that former President Barack Obama’s philanthropic organization has ever received and just the latest in a series of high-profile donations from the world’s second-richest person.
The prize in honor of late Congressman John Lewis “will help expand the scope of the program to reach new leaders in the United States and around the world,” said Courtney Williams, a spokeswoman for the foundation. “As part of the prize, Bezos requested that the square at the Obama Presidential Center be named John Lewis Plaza.
Bezos, 57, has nearly $600 million since retiring as CEO of Amazon.com Inc. in July this year, including the latest announcement which was first announced by Puck Media on Monday.
Days before his company, Blue Origin, completed an 11-minute space flight, Bezos announced a $200 million donation to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, most of which will be founded by the Bezos Training Center. After the trip, Bezos said he would give $100 million each to Van Jones, CNN’s political partner and founder of Dream Corps, and Executive Chef Jose Andres, co-founder of World Central Kitchen which helps people in disaster areas.
Bezos also announced a bounty to help tackle family homelessness through his pledge of $2 billion from the Day One Fund, of which $96 million will go to 32 organizations. His $10 billion commitment from the Earth Fund to fight climate change has also revealed more than Bezos’ plans have in recent months, including at COP26 in Glasgow.
Regardless, the Bezos Family Foundation, a charity founded by his parents Jackie and Mike, is donating $166 million to NYU Langone Health, according to a statement Monday.