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Posted: Wednesday, October 27, 2021. 1:04 pm CST.
By Benjamin Flowers: The World Food Programme (WFP), the food-assistance branch of the United Nations, is calling on billionaires Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk to donate $6 billion to save the lives of millions of people who are starving, Business Insider reports.
David Beasley, Executive Director of the WFP, said that the donation could help over 40 million people.
“The governments are tapped out,” Beasley told CNN in an interview that aired Tuesday. “This is why and this is when the billionaires need to step up now on a one-time basis. Six billion dollars to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them.”
As of Wednesday, October 27, Forbes estimated Musk’s net worth at $253.8 billion and Bezos’ at $196.1 billion. Both of their fortunes are due largely to their ownership of the companies they founded. Both have seen exponential increases in their worth recently, with stocks for Musk’s company Tesla soaring this week following the news that the car rental firm Hertz places a large order for his vehicles. Musk, the Chief Executive Officer of SpaceX, also managed to raise net worth to over $6 billion in a single day. Bezos, the founder of Amazon, had seen similar success, raising his net worth way over $6 billion during the COVID-19 pandemic. Beasley offered to take any billionaire on a trip to show them what he called “the reality.”
“All I’m asking for is .36% of your net-worth increase. I’m for people making money, but God knows I’m all for you helping people who are in great need right now. The world is in trouble.”