Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez to give away ‘most’ of £110bn fortune in lifetime

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez to give away ‘most’ of £110bn fortune in lifetime

Jeff Bezos has announced he will give away the majority of his £110 billion fortune during his lifetime.

On Monday, the Amazon founder revealed his intentions for the first time - having previously been criticised for not signing up to a campaign launched by Warren Buffett and Bill Gates for the mega rich to give more to charity.

Asked by a reporter whether he planned to give most of his fortune to good causes, he said: “Yeah, I do,” adding he and partner Lauren Sánchez were "building the capacity to be able to give away money".

Mr Bezos, who is the second richest person in the world behind Elon Musk, said his wealth would be spent to aid causes that tackle climate change and unify humanity.

Jeff Bezos - In pictures

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Kim Kardashian West, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Jeff Bezos and Jared Leto attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2019 (Getty Images for The Met Museum/)
Kim Kardashian West, Kylie Jenner, Kendall Jenner, Jeff Bezos and Jared Leto attend The 2019 Met Gala Celebrating Camp: Notes on Fashion at Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2019 (Getty Images for The Met Museum/)
Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez attend the World Premiere of “The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power” at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square (Dave Benett)
Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez attend the World Premiere of “The Lord Of The Rings: The Rings Of Power” at Odeon Luxe Leicester Square (Dave Benett)
Boris Johnson meets Amazon executive chairman Jeff Bezos during the United Nations General Assembly in New York (PA Wire)
Boris Johnson meets Amazon executive chairman Jeff Bezos during the United Nations General Assembly in New York (PA Wire)
Jeff Bezos with Lauren Sanchez at Wimbledon in 2019 (AFP/Getty Images)
Jeff Bezos with Lauren Sanchez at Wimbledon in 2019 (AFP/Getty Images)
Bill Gates and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in 2001 (Getty Images)
Bill Gates and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos in 2001 (Getty Images)
Jeff Bezos on the cover cover TIME in 1999 (AP)
Jeff Bezos on the cover cover TIME in 1999 (AP)
Amazon CEO and chairman Jeff Bezos holds up the Kindle Fire HD 7
Amazon CEO and chairman Jeff Bezos holds up the Kindle Fire HD 7
Jeff Bezos and former wife Mackenzie Bezos in 2013 (Getty Images)
Jeff Bezos and former wife Mackenzie Bezos in 2013 (Getty Images)
CEO of Amazon.com Jeff Bezos and family attend the premiere of Paramount Pictures' Star Trek Beyond in 2016 (Getty Images)
CEO of Amazon.com Jeff Bezos and family attend the premiere of Paramount Pictures' Star Trek Beyond in 2016 (Getty Images)

His announcement comes on the heels of his announcement at the Cop27 summit that his Bezos Earth Fund will spend $10 billion, $1 billion more than previously announced, to help protect carbon reserves and biodiversity.

The 58-year-old has been more committed to various projects since stepping down as chief executive of Amazon but he does continue to own 10 per cent of the online marketplace.

He also owns the Washington Post news outlet and space tourism venture Blue Origin.

One other project is the courage and civility award, which gives people the chance to donate vast sums to causes of their choice.

Last week, he gave £85 million to country music star Dolly Parton to pass onto charities close to her heart as part of the awards.