Elon Musk, the richest man in history, may soon eradicate world hunger by donating several billion dollars of his personal fortune to those in need.
A few days ago, the director of the United Nations World Food Program (WFP), David Beasley, told CNN that a small group of ultra-rich people, such as Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, have the power to end world hunger.
As a reminder, Elon Musk recently became the richest person in history after the car rental company Hertz ordered 100,000 Tesla cars for its fleet.
According to the report, Elon Musk could solve world hunger with just 2% of his $311 billion fortune. So that’s about $6 billion, which Beasley said could “help 42 million people who will literally die if we do nothing.”
In particular, he added that “the combined effects of climate change, the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic and other issues are causing many countries to knock on the door of famine.”
ELON MUSK WANTS UN GUARANTEES BEFORE MAKING A DONATION
The Tesla CEO quickly responded that he was willing to sell Tesla shares for $6 billion, but set some conditions.
Indeed, Elon Musk wants the UN World Food Program to clearly explain its strategy on the same Twitter feed, and to use open source accounting so the public can see exactly how the money is spent.
🔹 2% of @elonmusk‘s wealth is $6B
🔹 In 2020 the UN World Food Program (WFP) raised $8.4B. How come it didn’t “solve world hunger”?
— Dr. Eli David (@DrEliDavid) October 30, 2021
The lives of 42 million people who could be saved by Elon Musk’s money therefore now rest in the hands of the PAM, but David Beasley seems for the moment not to have understood Elon Musk’s clear enough instructions.
Indeed, the leader offered to meet with Elon Musk in person, but Musk reminded him that all they had to do was publish a detailed action plan.
Even if the $6 billion is not enough to help more than 42 million people, one can imagine that such a donation could push other billionaires to follow the same example to eradicate hunger in the world together.
Please publish your current & proposed spending in detail so people can see exactly where money goes.
Sunlight is a wonderful thing.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 31, 2021