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Jeff Bezos’ wife MacKenzie Scott becomes richest woman in the world

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The ex-wife of the world’s wealthiest man is now the richest woman on the planet, NBC News reports.

MacKenzie Scott, the former spouse of Jeff Bezos, is now worth $66.4 billion (Ksh7.2 trillion), surpassing Alice Walton — an heir to part of the Walmart fortune — whose net worth has been estimated by Forbes at $56 billion (Ksh6.1 trillion).

MacKenzie, who was married to Bezos for 26 years, divorced the dollar multibillionaire in January 2019.

Fifty-six-year-old Bezos, who is the founder of Amazon.com, Inc., has a net worth of $204.6 billion (Ksh22.2 trillion), effectively putting him on a league of his own as his closest challenger to the world’s wealthiest person crown, Bill Gates, falls behind by $90 billion (Ksh9.7 trillion).

Following the split from Bezos, MacKenzie, 50, received $38 billion (Ksh4.1 trillion) in divorce settlement, instantly pushing her to the fourth place on the list of world’s richest women at the time — behind Alice Louise Walton (first), Francoise Bettencourt Meyers (second) and Julia Koch (third).

MacKenzie’s $38 billion divorce settlement was a 4 per cent stake in Amazon. The company’s shares have risen from nearly $2,000 (Ksh217,000) to $3,500 (Ksh379,000) since the start of the year, consequently pushing up MacKenzie’s fortunes.

The current world’s richest woman is one of the billionaires who have signed “The Giving Pledge,” a commitment to donate the majority of their wealth.

Out of her over $60 billion net worth, Scott recently gave $1.7 billion (Ksh184 billion) to a plethora of nonprofit organizations and historically black colleges.

Meanwhile, Elon Musk, the CEO of electric cars, solar and integrated renewable energy company, Tesla, has crossed Mark Zuckerberg to become world’s third richest man as his net worth increased to $115.4 billion (Ksh12.5 trillion).

The founder of social media giant Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, is now on the fourth position with a net worth of $110.8 billion (Ksh12 trillion).

The SPaceX and Tesla owner saw an increase of nearly $87.8 billion (Ksh9.5 trillion) this year due to an increase of almost 500 per cent in Tesla’s shares.

Reports by Bloomberg Billionaire Index have also suggested that Musk, who is quite famous and liked on Twitter too, has gained the most among all the billionaires.

As per Bloomberg, “Tesla’s $464 billion (Ksh50.3 trillion) market value is now more than retail behemoth Walmart.”

Musk is now following Jeff Bezos, world’s richest man, with a net worth of $204.6 billion (Ksh22.2 trillion), and Bill Gates, the second richest man who has a net worth of $125 billion (Ksh13.5 trillion).

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CJ Maraga rejects Senator Malala’s three-goat gift 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday turned down Kakamega Senator Cleaophas Malala’s three goat gift citing the Judicial Service Commission code of conduct that bars him from receiving a gift worth more than Sh20,000.

CJ Maraga had graced the Grand opening of the new Kakamega Law Courts building when he was presented with the gift.

“Today on behalf of the people of Kakamega and as the Senator for Kakamega. I want to present to you a symbolic gift that is going to help you achieve this legacy.

“I have three animals here representing three arms of the government. I want to present it to you as a symbolic gift representing unity among the the three arms of the government.” said Senator Malala

The CJ who instead handed the goats to Kakamega law courts users’ committee chairman Sylvester Mambiri also sited Malala’s ongoing court case.

“If am not wrong, the senator has donated a gift to me but he has put me in trouble because I think he has a case in court, secondly under the Judiciary code of conduct I am not allowed to take a gift which is more than 20,000 shillings and this goats look like they are more than 30,000.” the CJ said

During the event, the CJ steered clear of the controversy over his advisory to President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament for failure to legislate on the two-thirds gender rule.

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ODM MP suspended for attending Ruto’s meeting

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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has suspended Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya days after he attended Deputy President William Ruto’s meeting.

The MP was accused of switched alliances and teaming up with DP William Ruto and the party had resolved to take action on the MP over what they called “recent political alignments.”

In a statement through the Party’s Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, the party announced that the National Executive Committee (NEC) had also decided to suspend Baya from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary.

The party explained that the decision was made after his recent move which has cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives.

“Cognizant of the central role that the party’s NEC plays in the management of the party and the need to maintain the probity of its deliberations the NEC resolved to suspend MP Owen Baya from membership of this critical organ and from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary given his recent public utterances and conduct that have cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives,” read a statement from the party.

On Wednesday, Baya was part of a delegation of Coast MPs that escorted Feisal Abdallah Bader, an aspirant for the Msambweni parliamentary seat, to meet Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office.

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Atwoli intensifies fight with DP Ruto over hustler tag

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The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has once again put Deputy President William Ruto on blast for using the ‘hustler’ tag.

Speaking during a press conference, the Atwoli stated that the tag hustler had a negative meaning which translates to someone who uses mischievous ways to get wealth.

He added that all Kenyans are yearning for is an organized system of government that could provide employment and not creating hustlers.

He pointed out that William Ruto was not poor as he makes his supporters believe and he is just using them to climb to the top. He disclosed that William Ruto owns choppers, mansions, and every space in the country.

Atwoli went on to call out the DP for the donations he has been giving out to the youths and women stating that they were just peanuts compared to the amount of wealth he has amassed over the years.

“The person telling you about being a hustler owns five choppers, a mansion and owns every empty space in the republic of Kenya. You are calling yourself a hustler and yet you are not. Even God cannot allow. Then you go to the church to cheat about being a hustler,” he said.

A few days ago, Atwoli blasted William Ruto for using the tag while asking Kenyans to reject him stating that no one should allow themselves to be called a hustler. He claimed that hustlers are thieves.

Atwoli who claimed that he would disown his children if they referred themselves as hustlers stated that people should go to school, get an education and get jobs in reputable companies instead of hustling.

“You then become a branch manager of Kenya Breweries, get a house allowance, a car loan, and have a nice house. You are not hustlers. We cannot have a nation of hustlers because it is a man eats man society,” Atwoli said.

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