One of the richest people in the world, Jeff Bezos, is contributing $100 million to the Obama Foundation, which is the largest single donation ever made to former President Barack Obama’s foundation. Reportedly, the contribution has been made in memory of late Congressman John Lewis, and Bezos feels it would help broaden the scope of programming that targets rising leaders in the United States and throughout the world. There are also reports that as per Bezos’ request, the plaza of the Obama Presidential Centre will be renamed John Lewis Plaza.
The former Amazon CEO has been doing a lot of charity lately. The 57-year-old has made a $200 million contribution to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and most of that money will be used to make the Bezos Learning Centre.
Among other recent donations announced by Bezos is $100 million to CNN political commentator Van Jones, founder of Dream Corps, and chef Jose Andres, co-founder of World Central Kitchen, which feeds people stuck in a disaster. Additionally, he is donating $2 billion to combat family homelessness, while his $10 billion Earth Fund will help fight climate change.
Most recently on Monday, NYU Langone Health, a medical centre in New York announced that it has received $166 million from the Bezos Foundation, which was started by the entrepreneur’s parents.