Elon Musk has offered to sell some of his Tesla (TSLA) stock if the UN can prove that $6 billion will solve world hunger.
“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.”
Musk responded to a tweet from researcher Dr. David Eli who said 2% of Musk’s wealth is worth $6 billion, adding that the UN World Food Programme (WFP) raised $8.4 billion. But “How come it didn’t solve world hunger?” he asked.
This comes after the UN World Food Programme (WFP) director David 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.
Beasley said a “one-time” donation from the top 400 billionaires in the US could help save the lives of 42 million people this year.
“The governments are tapped out. This is why and this is when… the billionaires need to step up now on a one-time basis, $6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them,” Beasley said. “It’s not complicated.”
In a response to Musk on Twitter, the World Food Program chief clarified that he didn’t say $6 billion “would solve world hunger,” noting that the donation would save millions of lives during the “unprecedented hunger crisis”.
Musk is currently the world’s richest man, boasting has an impressive net worth of $311 billion (R4.7 trillion).
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