Elon Musk said that he would sell Tesla stock if the United Nations official, who claimed that only 2 percent of the entrepreneur’s income could solve world hunger, can back up his claim.
Musk, the world’s wealthiest man, tweeted Sunday, “If WFP can explain on this Twitter thread exactly $6B will solve global hunger, I will sell Tesla Stock right now and do it,”
However, the CEO of SpaceX and Tesla stated that the World Food Programme (WFP), must make public their use of his funds.
Musk said, “But it must have open source accounting, so that the public can see exactly how the money has been spent.”
Elon Musk, CEO at Tesla and SpaceX, has said he will sell stock in order to provide $6 billion to World Food Programme. Director David Beasley is able to prove that the funds can be used to solve world hunger
Musk’s tweets come in response to a comment made by David Beasley, the Executive Director of the United Nations WFP, urging billionaires to help.
‘The governments have run out of money. ‘This is why, and this is when, billionaires need to step in now, on a once-off basis,’ he said Tuesday, during a CNN interview.
“$6 billion to aid 42 million people who are literally going mad if they don’t get help.” It’s simple.
Beasley said, “This is just heartbreaking.” I’m not asking them to do it every day, every week and every year. We are facing a unique crisis, a perfect storm on conflate climate changes and COVID. It’s a rare phenomenon.
The interview with the WFP director was conducted in response to a tweet he had written earlier this month. He specifically called on Jeff Bezos and Musk, who have net worths of $311billion ($199billion) respectively, to help address world hunger.
David Beasley, Executive Director of United Nations WFP (left), specifically called upon Musk (right), as well as Jeff Bezos, Amazon co-founder, to help end hunger around the world. Beasley said that billionaires must’step up now, and on a temporary basis.
The $6billion Beasley requested is approximately 2 percent of Musk’s income, and less than the $9.3billion Musk’s wealth increase on Oct. 29, alone
‘Congratulations to @elonmusk for passing up @JeffBezos as the world’s richest person – worth a whopping $221B!’ Beasley tweeted earlier this year.
“Elon, I’m celebrating by offering you a unique opportunity to save 42M people from starvation for $6.6B! Offer expires SOON…and lives do too.’
DailyMail.com’s request to comment was not immediately answered by either Musk or Beasley.
Musk’s net wealth has increased to more than $300 billion since Beasley sent his initial tweet.
The $6billion Beasley requested would be approximately 2 percent of Musk’s income and less than the $9.3billion his wealth increased on Oct. 29 alone.
The World’s Richest People
These are the 10 wealthiest people in the world, according the Bloomberg Billionaires Index.
1. Elon Musk: $302 billion
2. Jeff Bezos: $199 Billion
3. Bernard Arnault: $168 billion
4. Bill Gates: $135 Billion
5. Larry Page: $129 billion
6. Sergey Brin: $125 Billon
7. Mark Zuckerberg: $118 billion
8. Steve Ballmer: $116 Billion
9. Larry Ellison: $115 billion
10. Warren Buffet: $105 billion
Also, Tesla joined a group last week that includes companies valued at over $1trillion.
Musk now has a net worth of over $100 billion more than Bezos, who is the second-richest human being on Earth.
Microsoft returned to the top of the list as the most valuable company in the world on Friday with a $2.46 Trillion market cap. This was after the iPhone maker’s share slump which saw its overall value drop by four percent to $2.41 Trillion.
Apple’s fourth-quarter revenue was lower than expected, and Apple fell just below four percent. Microsoft rose 1.1% to surpass Apple after posting higher than expected revenue estimates in the 11th quarter.
Microsoft is now more valuable that Apple for the first-time since early 2020. The company is on pace to record its biggest weekly gains in the past year.
Musk is now worth more that the annual GDP in countries like Egypt and Portugal, Greece, Qatar, Qatar, and Finland.
He’s also worth more then the market value PayPal, which he co-founded, and streaming giant Netflix.
Musk’s value is even greater than the Forbes combined valuations of the Dallas Cowboys and New York Yankees, New York Knicks as well as the top-level soccer clubs Barcelona and Real Madrid ($25.4billion).
Experts predicted that Musk would become the first trillionaire in the world, but they said that the fortune would come from SpaceX, not Tesla.