Co-founder and CEO of Tesla, Elon Musk, announced that he is willing to sell part of his Tesla stock if, and as soon as, the United Nations (UN) proves that USD 6 billion can solve world hunger.
Musk made this declaration in response to the UN World Food Program (WFP) director, David Beasley, challenged the world’s wealthiest individuals, Jeff Bezos and Musk specifically. In an interview with CNN, Beasly called on the world’s richest duo to “step up now, on a one-time basis” and contribute to end world hunger.
According to statements by Beasly, USD 6 billion would help 42 million people “that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them.” He noted that the sum of money would only equate to approximately two percent of Musk’s total net wealth.
On Twitter, Musk wrote “I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it” if the UN successfully proved that it put an end to global hunger. He added that “it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent.”
Following Musk’s viral declaration, Beasly responded on Twitter saying “$6 billion will not solve world hunger, but it WILL prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation.”
Beasly promised transparency and open source accounting should Musk agree to provide that some of money. He wrote “Your team can review and work with us to be totally confident of such.”
Last week, Tesla became the newest member of the trillion club and the sixth company in American history to be worth USD1 trillion.