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MacKenzie grew up in San Francisco, area her ancestor formed as a banking planner. She becoming an English amount at Princeton University in 1992 (roughly six years afterwards Jeff accelerating from the aforementioned school), and she aboriginal met her approaching bedmate afterwards that aforementioned year. She’d confused to New York City in chase of a job and she met Jeff back he interviewed her for a job at the barrier armamentarium area he was working, D.E. Shaw.
The two concluded up with offices abutting to one accession and MacKenzie anon became amorous with Bezos and his loud, characteristic laugh. “My appointment was abutting aperture to his, and all day continued I listened to that aces laugh,” she told Vogue in a 2013 interview. “How could you not abatement in adulation with that laugh?”
MacKenzie kicked things off with Bezos by allurement him out to cafeteria and, afterwards dating for alone three months, they were engaged. Accession three months later, they got married. That was 1993 and MacKenzie was alone 23, while Jeff was 29.
Not continued after, Jeff had the abstraction that would become Media “I told my wife MacKenzie that I capital to abdicate my job and go do this crazy affair that apparently wouldn’t assignment back best startups don’t, and I wasn’t abiding what would appear afterwards that,” Jeff said in a 2010 abode at his alma mater, Princeton.
MacKenzie told him to go for it and in 1994 the brace confused from New York to Seattle, with Jeff autograph a business plan for his online bookstore on the cross-country drive. He launched the aggregation out of their barn that summer.
When Vogue asked Jeff in 2013 about what drew him to MacKenzie, the billionaire listed a few of her attributes while additionally badinage about the added acumen he acquired from interviewing her for a job. “I anticipate my wife is resourceful, smart, brainy, and hot, but I had the acceptable affluence of accepting apparent her résumé afore I met her, so I knew absolutely what her SATs were,” he said.
While Jeff congenital Amazon into an e-commerce behemoth that briefly accomplished a $1 abundance appraisal in 2018, MacKenzie rediscovered a affection for autograph that she had developed in college, area she advised fiction beneath Nobel Prize-winning columnist Toni Morrison. (Morrison told Vogue that MacKenzie was “one of the best acceptance I’ve anytime had in my creative-writing classes.”)
MacKenzie is the columnist of two novels: “The Testing of Luther Albright,” appear in 2005, and 2013’s “Traps.” The New York Times alleged the aboriginal of those two novels, which won an American Book Award in 2006, a “quietly arresting aboriginal novel” about “an emotionally repressed bedmate and father.” (Though Amazon has its own book publishing imprint, MacKenzie’s novels were appear by Fourth Estate and Knopf, respectively. They are amid the titles awash on Amazon.)
MacKenzie took almost a decade to address her aboriginal book, she told Vogue in 2013, partially because she capital to absorb added time with her accouchement (she gave bearing to the aboriginal of the couple’s four accouchement in 2000), which took time out of her autograph schedule. In 2013, she said she had gone as far as renting a one-bedroom accommodation abreast the Bezos’ Washington home area she could absorb time autograph uninterrupted.
In accession to her autograph career, MacKenzie additionally founded the anti-bullying alignment Bystander Revolution in 2014. She serves as controlling administrator of the organization, which says it’s “ultimate ambition is the altercation and advance of simple habits of kindness, courage, and inclusion.” The organization’s website aims to action solutions to blowing forth with suggestions for how the boilerplate being can defuse situations involving bullying.
The alignment has formed with celebrities like Monica Lewinsky, extra Lily Collins, and NFL brilliant Tom Brady to aftermath anti-bullying videos.
“A lot of the accepted acumen about blowing is that it is a cultural barometer that can’t be overcome,” MacKenzie said in 2015. “But there are so abounding baby things an alone can do to advice that accept a huge impact.”
Meanwhile, in 2018, Jeff and MacKenzie appear their agreement to accord $2 billion to a new altruistic armamentarium that will go against allowance abandoned families and allotment preschools in underserved communities. The move followed criticism of Jeff Bezos for what had been a abridgement of altruistic activities. And, while Jeff and MacKenzie are agreeable up, their advertisement still larboard allowance for them to assignment calm in the approaching on projects like the altruistic fund.
The brace declared their accord activity advanced this way: “We additionally see admirable futures advanced as parents, friends, ally in ventures and projects, and as individuals advancing ventures and adventures.”
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