Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, pictured on September 13, 2018.

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Billionaire Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has announced his company will donate $690,000 to bush fire relief efforts in Australia.

In an Instagram post on Sunday, Bezos pledged 1 million Australian dollars ($690,000) on behalf of the tech giant — an amount that has faced criticism by some on social media.

“Our hearts go out to all Australians as they cope with these devastating bushfires,” Bezos said. “Amazon is donating 1 million AU dollars in needed provisions and services.”

Marvel star Chris Hemsworth, whose net worth is estimated at $76 million, matched Amazon’s donation, while singer Pink, who Forbes says has a fortune of $57 million, pledged $500,000.

Billionaire Kylie Jenner has donated $1 million, while actress Bette Midler matched Pink’s donation and rock band Metallica gave more than $500,000.

The CEOs of tech giants Apple and Google have also publicly responded to the crisis in Australia.

Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai said on Twitter last week that the bush fires were “devastating” to witness, adding that the organization had donated to support relief efforts.

https://twitter.com/sundarpichai/status/1214300690903748608

At the end of last year, Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook took to Twitter to announce that the company would be donating to assist with efforts in Australia. Neither Pichai nor Cook disclosed how much the companies had donated.

https://twitter.com/tim_cook/status/1210342436741894144

A spokesperson for Amazon was not immediately available for comment when contacted by CNBC.

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