If $6B Can Solve World’s Hunger Crisis Then I’ll Donate Tesla’s Stock

If $6B Can Solve World’s Hunger Crisis Then I’ll Donate Tesla’s Stock

Elon Musk has stated that he will sell Tesla stock and donate the earnings to the United Nations if they can demonstrate that a small portion of his riches might save tens of millions of people from dying of hunger.

In reaction to comments made by David Beasley, the director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme, Musk stated the following. Last week, Beasley appeared on CNN’s “Connect the World,” hinting that a $6 billion investment from billionaires like Musk and Jeff Bezos could benefit 42 million people who are “actually going to die if we don’t reach them,” according to Beasley.

Musk is currently the world’s richest man and recently became the first in the Bloomberg Billionaires index to have an estimated net worth of $300 billion.

At the moment, the Tesla CEO’s net worth is listed at $311 billion. This means that $6 billion amounts to 2% of his wealth. Even with such a donation, Musk would remain at least $100 billion above the second richest person, Jeff Bezos.

Musk is however challenging the claim that the specific amount will solve the hunger crisis. In a tweet, Musk said that if the World Food Programme could show its math then he would “sell Tesla stock right now and do it.” He equally demanded open source accounting on how the money would be spent.

In his response, Beasley tweeted “I can assure you that we have the system in place for transparency and open source accounting. Your team can work with us to be totally confident of such.”

He went on to clarify that the UN World Food Programme had never said $6 billion would “solve World hunger,” which is the wording of Musk on Twitter. “This is a one-time donation to save 42 million lives during this unprecedented hunger crisis. ” he tweeted.

Beasley has repeatedly asked billionaires to step up to address world hunger.

“It’s not complicated, I am not asking them to do this every day, every week, every year.” Beasley said in the CNN interview.

“The top 400 billionaires in the US, the net worth increase was $1.8 trillion in the past year,” he continued.

“All I am asking for is .36% of your net worth increase. I am for people making money, but God knows I am all for you helping people who are in great need right now. The world is in trouble,” he said.

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