On Monday, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos made two separate donations of over $100 million to former president Barack Obama’s foundation and New York University’s medical center, according to ABC News.
In announcing the donation, the Obama foundation said that it was the single largest individual donation ever made in the foundation’s history. The foundation said that Bezos’s millions will “help expand the scope of programming that reaches emerging leaders” both domestically and abroad.
The Obama Foundation’s CEO, Valerie Jarrett, also said that Bezos had made the donation in honor of John Lewis, the obscure Georgia congressman who died last year; Lewis was most well-known for organizing sit-in protests at the Capitol demanding action on his preferred issues, including a 2016 protest on the floor of the House of Representatives demanding legislation to restrict gun rights. Bezos specifically requested that part of the funds be used to rename the plaza at the upcoming Obama Presidential Center after Lewis.
In a separate donation, New York University’s Langone Health received a gift of $166 million from Bezos. The medical center announced in a statement that his donation would go towards “the health and wellness of diverse populations” at Langone’s Brooklyn hospital.Bezos, with a net worth of about $212 billion, is the second-wealthiest person in the world, only behind Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk. Bezos, who also owns the Washington Post, stepped down as CEO of Amazon earlier this year, and has since pledged to donate millions, and even billions, towards organizations that support his political agenda. He has promised to donate up to $10 billion by the year 2030 through his organization Bezos Earth Fund, which aims to combat so-called “global warming.”