Elon Musk says he is ready to sell $6 billion in Tesla stock if United Nations representatives can show how it will “solve world hunger.”
The 50-year-old billionaire, who is the wealthiest person in the world, said he would make the donation in response to comments made by the United Nations’ World Food Programme director, David Beasley, last week.
While speaking to CNN, Beasley called on a one time donation of $6 billion from the world’s billionaires to “help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them,” citing a “perfect storm” of conflict, climate change and COVID-19.
“What if it was your daughter starving to death? What if it was your family starving to death? Just, wake up, smell the coffee and help,” Beasley said, specifically calling on Amazon’s Jeff Bezoz and Elon Musk.
As the CNN story picked up steam online, Musk tweeted on Sunday that he would be willing to sell $6 billion in stock from his electric vehicle company, Tesla, to help solve world hunger if the World Food Programme could describe, on Twitter, how it would work.