The philanthropist and author’s success story can be summarized as “zero to hero.” We examine Mackenzie Scott’s life.
MacKenzie Scott Tuttle was born in San Francisco, California, on April 7, 1970, to financial planner Jason Baker Tuttle and housewife Holiday Robin. Her brothers are two.
Her maternal grandfather, G, inspired her name. Scott Cuming, an executive and general counsel at El Paso Natural Gas.
She recalls seriously writing for the first time at the age of six, when she wrote The Book Worm, a 142-page book that was destroyed in a flood.
Forbes named Scott one of the world’s most powerful women in 2021, and Time named her one of the 100 Most Influential People of 2020.
Scott won an American Book Award in 2006 for her debut novel, The Testing of Luther Albright, published in 2005. Traps, her second novel, was released in 2013.
She has been the executive director of the anti-bullying organization Bystander Revolution since its inception in 2014.
As a signatory to the Giving Pledge, Scott pledged to give at least half of her wealth to charity and made a charitable gift of $5.8 billion in 2020, one of the largest annual distributions by a private individual to working charities. In 2021, she donated another $2.7 billion.