Musk, Bezos and other billionaires must “step up” their efforts to fight world hunger: the World Food Program
- World Food Program chief David Beasley has called on billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to help tackle world hunger.
- In Davos, he told the Associated Press, “The world is in real, real trouble. This is not a rhetoric and BS Step up now, because the world needs you.”
- He said he hadn’t seen any of the $6 billion that Musk said he would give to this effort last year.
The world’s richest people could drastically reduce world hunger by donating a small portion of their wealth, and it’s time for them to do so, according to the head of the Unite Nation’s World Food Program.
David Beasley, the agency’s executive director, told the Associated Press at the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, this week that he has called on billionaires like Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos to donate money to the effort.
“The world is in real, real trouble,” he said. “This is not rhetorical and BS is escalating now, because the world needs you.”
Beasley also referred again to a Twitter exchange between himself and Musk on the subject last year. After Beasley said in an interview with CNN that Musk’s $6 billion could help 42 million people on the brink of starvation, Musk pledged to sell Tesla shares for a donation if Beasley detailed where the money would go.
“If the WFP could describe in this thread on Twitter exactly how it would solve $6 billion in world hunger, I would sell Tesla stock now and do it,” Musk wrote.
Beasley responded at the time: “$6 billion won’t solve world hunger, but it will prevent geopolitical instability and mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of famine. An unprecedented crisis and a perfect storm due to the Covid/conflict/climate crises.”
Beasley later explained how the money would be used in a Twitter thread, but said that although Musk’s request had been met, he had not yet seen a donation.
“Musque put $6 billion into a foundation,” Beasley told the Associated Press in Davos. “But everyone thought it got to us, but we haven’t got any yet. So I’m optimistic.”
In November, Musk donated more than 5 million shares of Tesla, worth about $5.7 billion at the time, to an unspecified charity, according to an SEC filing.
“I don’t know what it will take,” Beasley continued, speaking to the Associated Press. “We’re trying every angle, you know: Elon, we need your help, brother.”
Musk and Bezos did not immediately respond to requests for comment.