Elon Musk claims if UN can explain how $6 billion will solve world hunger, he’ll make the donation

The CEO of Tesla Elon Musk responds to a United Nations official who claims a percentage of his wealth would solve world hunger and Musk responds he will give money if given an explanation. 

Recently the U.N. World Food Program (WFP), Executive Director David Beasley, gave an interview on CNN stating the wealthy such as Musk and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos to “step up now, on a one-time basis” to help stop world hunger due to climate change and economic problems from the COVID-19 pandemic (The Hill). Beasley stated, “2 percent of Elon Musk’s wealth could solve world hunger” (CNN).

To put into perspective, Musk is the richest man in the world and has a net worth of $300 billion. He is the first person to reach this level of wealth. Elon Musk responded to the statement on twitter saying “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” (Twitter). He also tweeted after that the UN plan must show open-source accounting, so that the public sees exactly how this money would be spent. 

Beasley responded to the tweet saying the article headline was inaccurate and how it could help with the problem of world hunger. It said “$6B will not solve world hunger, but it WILL prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation.” He also stated he would be on a plane to meet Musk to discuss it. 

Musk replied stating the organization should publish publicly how their current spending is done stating “sunlight is a wonderful thing.” In another tweet Musk shared a report alleging UN peacekeepers had been sexually abusing children in Central African Republic back in 2014 (CNBC). Many have criticized Musk in the past for not giving away more of his fortune. His response to the critics is that he prefers to give anonymously. 




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