Jeff Bezos offers singer Dolly Parton $100 million for her latest award

Jeff Bezos has named Dolly Parton the latest recipient of his Courage and Civility award, presenting the music legend with $100 million to donate to any charity he chooses.

Jeff Bezos has named Dolly Parton the latest recipient of his Courage and Civility award, presenting the music legend with $100 million to donate to any charity he chooses.

“She gives with her heart. What she has done for children, and literacy, and so many other things, is just amazing,” Bezos, 58, said in a video posted to social media.

“I’ve always said, I try to put my money where my heart is, and I think you do the same,” Parton said in the video. “I will do my best to do good things with this money. Thanks Jeff.”

Parton, 76, ran a foundation that distributes books to children around the world. A strong supporter of vaccination, she supported the shooting of Moderna Inc. with a $1 million donation to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for coronavirus research.

Bezos has already awarded $100 million each to chef Jose Andres, whose World Central Kitchen feeds people in disaster areas around the world, and Van Jones, the founder of Dream.Org.

Bezos, the world’s fourth-richest person with a fortune of $123.9 billion, has stepped up his philanthropic efforts since stepping down as CEO of Amazon.com Inc. last year. It focuses most of its attention on climate change with its $10 billion Earth Fund and also announced a $200 million donation to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum.

The billionaire is also reportedly interested in acquiring the Washington Commanders from the NFL, possibly with music mogul Jay-Z as an investor.

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