The former wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, MacKenzie Scott, has become the world's richest woman after Amazon shares surged amid the Covid-19 worldwide lockdowns.
The world's richest tech billionaires lost a significant chunk of their combined net worth after United States shares tanked on September 3.
Shares have risen from almost $2,000 to $3,500 since the start of 2020 alone.
Scott is now the 12th richest person in the world, with the value of her 4 percent ownership stake in Amazon putting her ahead of Walmart's Walton siblings and just behind Oracle founder Larry Ellison. MacKenzie and her ex-husband Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, settled their divorce in 2019.More news: Dr. Dre's Estranged Wife Breaks Down $2M/Month, Claims Domestic Abuse
According to the Business Insider, the 16 richest Americans in the Bloomberg Billionaires Index and Forbes Billionaires List are collectively worth more than US$1 trillion.
Scott is the richest woman on Bloomberg's list and the 12th wealthiest person, behind well-known tech moguls including Microsoft's Bill Gates, Tesla's Elon Musk, and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg. Please report any inappropriate content to us, and we will evaluate it as a matter of priority.
In 2019, Scott also signed on to the Giving Pledge initiative, which encourages the richest people in the world to donate a majority of their wealth to charity organizations.
The couple tied the knot in 1993 - one year before Bezos started Amazon - and had four children together.More news: Teachers' Day 2020: History, Significance and why it is celebrated
In fact, thanks to Amazon's share prices increasing due to people turning to online shopping during the pandemic, her four percent stake in the company has added a sweet $30.3 billion (£22.8bn) to her fortune.
The controversial CEO is gearing up for yet another boost as his board will give him another $50 billion if he meets certain performance goals.
Bezos has not yet signed the Giving Pledge.
The Federal Reserve estimated net household worth fell by a record 5.6 percent in the first three months of the year - marking the biggest decline since the 1950s.More news: Miley Cyrus says she has given up vegetarianism because of her health