Sawant is referring to the Seattle head tax that the Seattle City Council adopted and then repealed a month later.
"Never have I been more comfortable at an Amazon board meeting!" he wrote on Instagram. The other part will launch and operate free preschools in low-income communities, where "the child will be the customer". Last year, Bezos said that he wanted to use philanthropy to help solve society's issues in the "here and now". "But it turns out in life that your most important decisions are always made with instinct, intuition, taste, heart". Since March 2016, Amazon customers have also been able to order items from the Mary's Place's wishlist on the site, such as diapers and socks.
Bezos, now the world's richest person, asked Twitter followers a year ago for ideas about how he should shape his "philanthropy strategy".
His net worth has risen by US$64.7 billion this year alone as Amazon's shares surged. Public donations by the 54-year-old Bezos have been rare, and - with exceptions like a $35 million family donation to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center - typically on a scale far smaller than the two men just behind him in the wealth rankings, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and Berkshire Hathaway's Warren Buffett. "It was a Day 1 outlook that made me reach out to ask for suggestions on approaches to philanthropy a year ago". He wrote that he wanted to help "people in the here and now - short term - at the intersection of urgent need and lasting impact".
The missive set off a frenzy of responses, including pleas to support health care, loan forgiveness and even offbeat appeals to back a leather fetish museum in Chicago. Bezos was in town with his parents, who run the Bezos Family Foundation.
Later, Bezos told a Washington gathering that the $2 billion was only a start and that he would likely expand his philanthropic efforts. "They're still going to want a big selection".
In brief: To say that Jeff Bezos has a lot of money is an understatement. We will build an organization to directly operate these preschools.
While the online retail giant's presence made Seattle the fastest-growing big city in the USA, it also has taken a toll on its residents, driving up rent prices, clogging traffic and overwhelming public transportation.
American billionaire philanthropy is spreading elsewhere. Bezos was previously criticized for giving relatively little to charity.