Jeff Bezos is giving big time to the Obama Foundation to the tune of $100 million, and of course that’s the largest single single gift to the philanthropic organization sharing President Barack Obama’s name.
The oft-times under fire owner of Amazon and space cadet said he made the donation in honor of late-Congressman and Civil Rights icon John Lewis in order to “help expand the scope of programming that reaches emerging leaders in the United States and around the world,” Courtney Williams, a spokesperson for the foundation, said in a statement. “As part of the gift, Bezos has asked for the plaza at the Obama Presidential Center to be named the John Lewis Plaza.”
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Bezos has reportedly been on something of a philanthropic spending spree of sorts, having given out $600 million thus far this year, according to Bloomberg via MSN News.
He also announced a $200 million gift to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, with most earmarked to start the Bezos Learning Center.
Afterwards, Bezos said he would provide $100 million each to Van Jones, a CNN political contributor and founder of Dream Corps, and chef Jose Andres, co-founder of World Central Kitchen, which helps feed people in disaster-stricken regions.
Bezos, who’s worth $209.9 billion, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, has rapidly increased donations as of late amid public outcry of his taxpayer status.