Did MacKenzie Scott and New Husband Dan Jewett Get a Prenup?

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Mar. 8 2021, Published 11:47 a.m. ET

The true rise to stardom for MacKenzie Scott came after her front-page divorce from Amazon founder and billionaire Jeff Bezos in 2019. The world suddenly realized just how much of an impact she had on the e-commerce mega-corporation. Through her swift and sizable philanthropic donations, she has made her true self known. Now, her marriage to husband Dan Jewett is putting her on the map again.

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Did Scott and Jewett sign a prenup before they got married? 

Dan Jewett's net worth is likely modest

As a high school science teacher in Seattle, Wash., Jewett has never been particularly wealthy. In a letter he published on March 6, he said, "I have been a teacher for the majority of my life, as well as a grateful student of the generosity of those around me."

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Jewett's net worth prior to his marriage to billionaire Scott isn't public knowledge. The Seattle Times says that the pay for teachers within the state varies across a broad spectrum. Just a handful of years ago, veteran teachers in Seattle made an average of $79,788. 

Interestingly, Bezos' annual salary isn't much more than this at $81,840. Of course, this is a tax workaround for Bezos, who accumulates the vast majority of his wealth from Amazon shares. 

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For Jewett, the salary likely rings true to his assets. It shows that Jewett and Bezos are, in some sense, total opposites with how they live. For Scott, who is the third-wealthiest woman in the world with a net worth of $57.5 billion, this is surely quite a shift, but probably one that feels natural for the two newlyweds. 

MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett are joining forces for philanthropy

In a letter, Jewett said, "I have seen many ways that MacKenzie has seen her efforts enhanced when she acts on the belief that those with common values but different perspectives, strengths, and experiences are essential to effecting positive change. We are united in that understanding and in our excitement for all we have to learn from so many people working in service of others."

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For Jewett, the letter to The Giving Pledge was a way for him to show his solidarity with his new life partner, who has already pledged to donate the majority of her wealth for the betterment of society. 

Did MacKenzie Scott and Dan Jewett sign a prenup?

Scott and Jewett seem to be keeping things private, but a prenup would make sense considering Scott's massive wealth. Given their emphasis on co-philanthropy, I imagine this facet would be a part of the prenup. In this case, Jewett wouldn't be able to divorce Scott and keep a full 50 percent of her wealth without having to donate it to charitable causes.

Whatever the case, this marriage is sure to be different for Scott, who has reclaimed her title as an author and activist—and not a controversial billionaire's wife.  

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