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The billionaire Elon Musk said he would sell his Tesla shares and donate the proceeds if the UN can show him that just a small percentage of his wealth could save tens of millions of lives. from famine
Musk said this in response to comments from David Beasley, director of the UN World Food Program, who told CNN’s ‘Connect the World’ program that a $ 6 billion donation from billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos it could help 42 million people who it said are in danger of dying if it doesn’t help them.
Musk is currently the richest man in the world and recently became the first person on Bloomberg’s list of billionaires to have a net worth exceeding $ 300 billion.
The list currently indicates that the Tesla CEO’s fortune is $ 311 billion, which means that $ 6 billion would be only 2% of his wealth. If Musk donated this money he would still be the richest person in the world, topping second place by at least $ 100 billion. Musk’s net worth consists largely of stocks in the companies he has founded.
Nevertheless, Musk is challenging this claim that $ 6 billion would solve the current hunger crisis, and in fact said on Twitter that if the World Food Program could do this, then it would sell the Tesla shares on the spot and use the money to end this problem. He also asked for an explanation of how the money would be spent.
Beasley responded to Musk by tweeting: “I can assure you that we have the systems in place for transparency and open source accounting. His team can review and work with us to be totally sure of it. “
He also said that the UN World Food Program had never said that $ 6 billion would solve world hunger, which is the expression Musk used on Twitter. “This is a one-time donation to save 42 million lives during this unprecedented hunger crisis,” he clarified.
Beasley has been asking billionaires to make a contribution to end world hunger.
“It’s not complicated. I’m not asking you to do this every day, every week, every year, ”Beasley said.
“Of America’s top 400 billionaires, their net worth increase was $ 1.8 billion in the last year. All I’m asking for is 0.36% of that net worth increase. I am for people making money, but God knows I am totally in favor of you helping people who are in great need right now. The world is in trouble, ”Beasley added.
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