Elon Musk is either in news headlines because he just overtook Jeff Bezos in wealth or because his car company, Tesla, has made another breakthrough. Thus, billionaires like him are often targeted and their wealth is accounted for as solutions to mega problems. Similarly, now someone has said that 2% of Musk’s wealth could solve world hunger only they didn’t know Musk would strike back. Watch what he said here!
Elon Musk’s Wealth
CNN Business made a report that UN Food Scarcity Organisation’s director made a remark on Elon Musk’s wealth. The director said that 2% of Elon Musk’s wealth would be enough to solve world hunger. That is a huge claim to make and it seems this claim is bound to fall flat soon. Those who are touting this perspective are being called to justify it. Here’s how:
Why That’s Problematic
2% of Elon Musk’s wealth makes 6 billion dollars. World hunger is a mammoth issue spanning all the continents and hundreds of countries and billions of people. Is 6 billion all that is needed to fix it? It sounds unbelievable and that’s why Elon Musk stepped up. He responded to this report and called for facts. He made a huge offer saying that if World Food Programme can detail exactly on the same Twitter thread how $6 billion will solve world hunger, he will do something unbelievable.
this is amazing by @elonmusk…
people always seem to claim that X amount of money can solve a problem… so Elon calls them out, says he’ll donate the money if they can solve it pic.twitter.com/DCjPxhKZcq
— Sheel Mohnot (@pitdesi) October 31, 2021
Elon Musk has offered to sell Tesla within the same minute to give WFP $6 billion if it solves world hunger. Moreover, the condition he gave is that it has to be open-source accounting— the public should see exactly where and how the money is spent.
Another famous personality also pointed out how in 2020, the UN World Food Programme received $8.4 billion. How come world hunger wasn’t solved then? The WFP has been totalling mammoth amounts of funds since its inception yet world hunger keeps growing day by day. Does this have to do with non-transparent usage of funds?
— Javed Afridi (@JAfridi10) October 31, 2021
Either way, pointing a finger at Elon Musk has proven to be counter-productive for the UN director. However, it is also true that billionaires like Musk, Bezos and Zuckerberg should be held accountable for amassing such magnum wealth while world hunger accelerates.
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