Elon Musk, the richest individual on the planet, says he’ll promote $6 billion price of Tesla inventory and donate the proceeds to the United Nations’ meals company if it may present how the cash would remedy world starvation.
His assertion got here after U.N. World Meals Programme Govt Director David Beasley challenged Musk, Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and different billionaires in a CNN interview final week, calling on them to step up on “a one-time foundation” to assist finish hunger.
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Within the interview, Beasley stated billionaires may give ”$6 billion to assist 42 million individuals which might be actually going to die if we don’t attain them.“
“It’s not difficult,” he stated.
That cash could be roughly 2% of Musk’s fortune, practically $300 billion, in response to Forbes. His wealth and the wealth of many American multi-billionaires has grown shortly in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic, because of elevated inventory and residential fairness, much more than earlier than the virus struck.
The SpaceX founder posted Sunday on Twitter: “If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread precisely how $6B will remedy world starvation, I’ll promote Tesla inventory proper now and do it.”
“However it should be open supply accounting, so the general public sees exactly how the cash is spent,” he added.
In 2020, the company obtained $8.4 billion in donations, which it says was $5.3 billion in need of its necessities. Its prime donors embody the USA, Germany and the UK.
Beasley responded to Musk on Twitter, writing $6 billion is not going to remedy world starvation, “nevertheless it WILL stop geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million individuals on the point of hunger. An unprecedented disaster and an ideal storm as a consequence of Covid/battle/local weather crises.”
He additionally supplied to satisfy with Musk to debate the subject.
“Please publish your present & proposed spending intimately so individuals can see precisely the place cash goes,” Musk stated in a Twitter reply. “Daylight is an excellent factor.”
It remained unclear Monday whether or not a gathering might be set.
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