Billionaire Tesla owner Elon Musk once said he’d cash in his shares in the company to help solve world hunger….if the UN could prove it would work.
He tweeted in response to a claim from the World Food Program that two percent of his wealth, $6 billion, could solve world hunger, saying: “If WFP can describe exactly how $6bn 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.”
In 2020, the UN WFP raised $8.4bn.
“It’s not true that if you’re an artist and [something you’ve written is] made into a popular TV show, you too are going to make millions and millions of dollars! The reality is, it’s a business; the people who make money are the people who are on the inside… and if they don’t want to cut you in, they don’t cut you in, to know so many wealthy guys. I know almost no wealthy women who made their money on their own [as opposed to extravagant divorces]. Maybe Martha Stewart.”
Candace Bushnell, author of Sex and the City, which became a popular television show in the 1990s, quoted in The Sunday Times.
“I was having coffee with my tour manager when he opened up a briefcase full of cash and said: ‘Look, this is all your money!’ I was 17.”
Eighties pop star Sinitta Malone on when she first felt wealthy, quoted in The Sunday Times.
“We didn’t steal an island; we didn’t deface the Eiffel Tower. It was a contract. Contracts have terms and conditions, and one of those terms and conditions and propositions is that you might get out of the contract.” Australian Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce on Australia’s decision to cancel a submarine deal with France, quoted in Reuters.
“If WFP can describe exactly how $6bn 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.”
Tesla’s founder Elon Musk on Twitter in response to the United Nations’ World Food Programme’s (WFP) director saying that 2% of Musk’s wealth ($6bn) could solve world hunger. In 2020, the UN WFP raised $8.4bn.
Kris Paterson is a writer for WhatJobs.com