Elon Musk: I’ll donate $6 billion to solve world hunger if UN can publish precise spending plan 

Advocates say that the world’s billionaires should be doing much more to help the poor

Elon Musk, the world’s richest man, has hit back at a United Nations official’s claim that a one-time donation of about $6 billion will help end world hunger, saying he would donate the cash if the UN publishes their precise spending plan on how they would use the money.

The Telsa CEO, who has amassed a fortune of a staggering $311 billion, was reacting to comments from David Beasley, the director of the UN’s World Food Hunger Programme (WFP). Beasley told CNN that a donation of $6 billion – which is just 2 per cent of Musk’s incredible wealth – would help solve world hunger and save the lives of 42 million starving people.

Beasley specifically called on wealthy billionaires Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to use their gigantic wealth to tackle world hunger.

“$6 billion to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them. It’s not complicated,” he said.
Responding on Twitter on Sunday, Musk wrote that he would sell Telsa stock and donate the money on the condition that the UN could show on Twitter how they would “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.”

“But it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent,” the ultra-billionaire added.

 

Musk’s tweet led to a response from Beasley, who said: “Headline not accurate.”

 

“$6B will not solve world hunger, but it WILL prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation. An unprecedented crisis and a perfect storm due to Covid/conflict/climate crises.”

“I can assure you that we have the systems in place for transparency and open source accounting. Your team can review and work with us to be totally confident of such,” Mr Beasley wrote in reply.

 

“Let’s talk: It isn’t as complicated as Falcon Heavy, but too much at stake to not at least have a conversation. I can be on the next flight to you,” he added.

The remarks are the latest in a string of stinging criticism of worldwide wealth inequality from Beasley and other advocates who say that the world’s billionaires should be doing much more to help the most vulnerable people in the world.

The recent acceleration of the so-called billionaire space race has also put a sharp focus on inequality, with critics arguing that Musk, Bezos and other billionaires possessing astronomical wealth should be more focused on solving problems on earth than developing private space programmes.

Following Musk’s comments, boxer and YouTuber Jake Paul pledged to himself donate $10 million to help end world hunger if Musk donates $6 billion. The 24-year-old American social media personality took to Twitter to make the promise, saying he would make a sizable donation to the United Nations on the condition that his tweet received 690,000 retweets and the 50-year-old business magnate made the first move

“Yo @elonmusk if you donate $6 billion to the UN to end world hunger I’ll also donate $10 million if this gets 690k retweets,” Paul wrote on Twitter.

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