Without getting too political here, it’s often been said that a fraction of the total wealth held by the world’s richest 1% could solve many of the problems its societies face multiple times over. On paper, there’s some truth to that; after all, money can’t buy happiness, but it sure can buy food, medicine, and the removal of debt. However, in practice, actually solving those problems, even if money was no object, may prove to be difficult. Elon Musk, one of the wealthiest men in the entire world, is willing to foot the bill for a major lifesaving effort, but only if the UN can put his money where their mouth is.
Recently, David Beasley, director of the UN’s World Food Programme, made a tweet commenting on Musk’s wealth after the recent deal between Tesla and Hertz. “1/6 of your one day increase would save 42 million lives that are knocking on famine’s door,” Beasley wrote. In response, Deep Learning researcher Dr. Eli David noted that the WFP raised over $8 billion in 2020, yet world hunger is still a problem. In response to that tweet, Elon Musk finally chimed in with a challenge.
“If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it.” In an additional tweet, Musk added “it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent.”
If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 31, 2021
Beasley responded to Musk, saying that there is a “system in place for transparency and open source accounting.”
“With your help we can bring hope, build stability and change the future. Let’s talk: It isn’t as complicated as Falcon Heavy, but too much at stake to not at least have a conversation. I can be on the next flight to you. Throw me out if you don’t like what you hear!” Beasley assured.