- Jeff Bezos’ Day 1 Families Fund announced the donations for 2019 on Thursday
- The recipients are groups that work to provide shelter for home-less families
- Last year Bezos gave $97.5 million to organizations fighting home-lessness
After recently losing the world’s richest top spot to Bill Gates, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has donated $98.5 million to help the home-less. The billionaire e-commerce boss launched the Bezos Day One Fund in September 2018, designed to fund organisations that help home-less families, as well as helping to provide high-quality education in low-income communities.
Last year, the fund awarded $97.5m to 24 organisations across the US. As the second round of funding kicked off on Thursday, November 21, it was announced that 32 organisations will receive a whopping $98.5m in grants. The Home-less Services Network of Central Florida received the largest grant this year, with a huge $5.25m award.
Catholic Social Services Alaska, Covenant House in New York, FamilyAid Boston, Mary’s Place Seattle, MIFA in Memphis, St. Joseph Center in California, St. Stephen’s Human Services in Minneapolis, St. Vincent de Paul in Baltimore, The Road Home in Salt Lake City and The Whole Child in California all also received $5m.
Back in 2018, Bezos committed $2 billion across the Families Fund and Academies Fund – which looks to create a ‘network of new, non-profit, tier-one preschools in low-income communities,’ Bezos said at the time, as per CNBC.
So far, no grants have been announced specifically regarding education.As per the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, Microsoft co-founder Gates is currently the richest man in the world, just beating out Bezos (both are listed as having a net worth of $109bn).Gates briefly took the top spot last month when Amazon reported a 28percent drop in profits the three months ending in September, however Bezos soon climbed above again.
Alas, following a $10bn cloud-computing deal with the Pentagon, Microsoft’s shares surged (while sending Amazon’s down by 2percent).Gates only owns around 1percent of Microsoft shares. However, that equates to around $7.3bn, according to Business Insider – this gave the Microsoft figurehead the boost over Bezos, with Microsoft’s shares increasing by 48percent this year.
Excited to announce this year's Bezos Day One grants. Thank you to these 32 organizations in 23 states working to end homelessness. I recently spent time with the amazing team at Community of Hope in Washington, D.C. – one of last year’s grantees. https://t.co/Lfy5LUWT99 pic.twitter.com/L0JeDUrjAY
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) November 21, 2019
Following Bezos’ split from his wife MacKenzie, his wealth was also took a hit. As part of their divorce settlement, she was given 19.7m shares of Amazon valued at more than $38bn.
Gates’ net worth could have reportedly been much higher over the years, but Bloomberg also noted that he has donated more than $35bn since 1994 through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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