NEW YORK, NEW YORK - NOVEMBER 05: Dolly Parton attends We Are Family Foundation honors Dolly Parton & Jean Paul Gaultier at Hammerstein Ballroom on November 05, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/Getty Images)

Dolly Parton receives $100m from Jeff Bezos

Country music legend Dolly Parton has received a $100 million award from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos.

According to reports, this was awarded as part of multi-billionaire Bezos’s annual Courage and Civility Award, which recognises leaders who “pursue solutions with courage and civility”.

Started in 2021 the award gave out prizes to activist Van Jones and chef and humanitarian Jose Andres, who established World Central Kitchen, which provides food in disaster-stricken areas worldwide.

Parton was given the money to honour her contribution to “kids, literacy and so many other things”. She is expected to give the cash to charities of her choice. 

Parton – a singer-songwriter, actress and businesswoman- was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame earlier this month.

Bezos, 58, announced the award along with his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, who said on Instagram that the Jolene hitmaker was “a woman who gives with her heart and leads with love and compassion in every aspect of her work”.

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