It’s a math teacher’s absolute dream. The world’s (reportedly) richest man, at least publicly rich, asked the United Nations to show their math work behind the request of six billion dollars per billionaire to alleviate world hunger before he even thinks of selling off part of his wealth, and just handing it over to the UN.
Musk was responding to comments by David Beasley, the director of the UN’s World Food Programme, who told CNN’s “Connect the World” last week that a $6 billion donation from billionaires such as Musk and Jeff Bezos could help 42 million people who he said were “literally going to die if we don’t reach them.”
Musk’s basic point is, “How did you come to the six billion dollar figure?”
But Musk is challenging the claim that the specific amount will solve the hunger crisis, saying on Twitter that if the World Food Programme could show its math, then he would “sell Tesla stock right now and do it.” He also demanded transparency about how the money would be spent.
But it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent.
Stated like the man has donated to Non-Government Organizations previously, and has no idea where the money went.
Beasley responded to Musk by tweeting:
“I can assure you that we have the systems in place for transparency and open source accounting. Your team can review and work with us to be totally confident of such.”
He also clarified that the UN World Food Programme had never said $6 billion would “solve world hunger,” which is the wording Musk used on Twitter. “This is a one-time donation to save 42 million lives during this unprecedented hunger crisis,” he tweeted.
In the non-profit world, this major gift would be used to leverage even larger major gifts, and seeing how the UN encroaches on the sovereign rights of nations all over the world, this looks more like voluntary confiscation than a donation.
Musk is wise to resist.
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