Earlier this week, billionaire Elon Musk added a little spice to the world of Twitter by making an incredibly bold statement: “If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it,” Musk Tweeted.
He went on to say “But it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent.”
Needless to say, social media went into a bit of a tailspin as the internet waited with bated breath for the UN’s response.
Well, internet, that moment has arrived.
David Beasley, the chief executive of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) has eloquently responded to Musk’s pledge to donate $6 billion from the sale of Tesla stocks to help world hunger by stating:
“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 @WFPs people, processes, and yes, technology, at work. I will bring the plan, and open books.”
The back-and-forth between the two bigwigs began after Beasley challenged those who are insanely wealthy, namely Musk and Jeff Bezos, to step up and help solve world hunger. This took place in an interview with CNN last week.
Not one to stay off of his phone for too long, Musk got straight to the point when responding to Beasley. responded
“Let’s hope that this isn’t just two people blustering back and forth on Twitter and that something is actually done about this.”
While we’re not too sure where things may go from here, what we do know is that a portion of Musk’s $311 billion (R 4.7 trillion) fortune may save “42 million people on the brink of starvation.”
Check out the full Twitter thread here.