By Laura Kemp • 02 November 2021 • 16:42
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Elon Musk said he would sell his Tesla stock immediately if the United Nations (UN) could prove that $6billion would solve world hunger.
The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, Elon Musk, made his comments after an interview UN World Food Programme (WFP) director David Beasley had with CNN, challenging him to “step up now, on a one-time basis” to solve world hunger.
Beasley targeted Musk and ultra-wealthy Amazon founder Jeff Bazos saying; “$6billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them. It’s not complicated.”
The amount would only be around 2 per cent of Musk’s net wealth.
Musk responded on Twitter on Sunday, October 31, saying: “‘If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6billion will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it.”
“But it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent.”
Beasley then replied to Musk on Twitter, claiming that the WFP has the systems in place for open source accounting and transparency.
According to Beasley, if the world’s top 400 billionaires contributed it would take as little as 0.36 per cent of their total net worth to solve world hunger, an issue affecting 43 nations around the world.
He said in the interview with CNN: “This is just heartbreaking.”
“I am not asking them to do this every day, every week, every year. We have a one time crisis, a perfect storm, on conflate climate change and Covid. It’s a one time phenomenon.”
“The world’s in trouble and you’re telling me you can’t give me .36 per cent of your net worth increase to help the world in trouble, in times like this? What if it was your daughter starving to death? What if it was your family starving to death? Wake up, smell the coffee, and help.”
According to Bloomberg’s Billionaire Index, Musk’s net worth is now a massive $311billion, which makes him the richest man in the world.
Yesterday, November 1, Beasley Tweeted again: “Instead of tweets, allow me to show you. We can meet anywhere – Earth or space – but I suggest in the field where you can see (World Food Programme)’s people, processes and yes, technology, at work.”
“I will bring the plan, and open books.”
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