Amazon (AMZN) founder and world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos has on Tuesday July 20 revealed that, in the wake of traveling to the edge of space, he wanted to grant $100 million each to CNN Contributors Van Jones and Chef José Andrés.
As per the billionaire, the two Contributors Jones and Andres are allowed to do what they want with the cash. They can give everything to their own cause. Jeff Bezos said this at a public interview after his journey to space.
The Billionaire said he was attached to a shock humanitarian drive he wanted to announce called the Courage and Civility Award.
Bezos did this since he feels the world needs a unifiers and not vilifiers, subsequently the donation to these two CNN contributors was worth it. He says the honor aims to honor the individuals who have exhibited boldness and attempted to be a unifier in a disruptive world.
He further added:
“We need people who argue hard and act hard for what they believe. But they do that always with civility and never add hominem attacks. Unfortunately, we live in a world where this is too often not the case. But we do have role models.”
Meanwhile, one of the recipients of Bezos’ $100 million, Van Jones was amazingly glad and said: “sometimes dreams come true. You bet on me and I appreciate it,” Jones told Bezos.
Jones on the other hand, revealed that, this cash was for him to provide for other people who have a comparable soul. The other – Andrés, has additionally emptied his endeavors into taking care of those deprived all over the world.
He said the actual honor can’t take care of the world all alone, and that this is a beginning of another part for him and his colleague.
The philanthropic initiative from Bezos comes as he and fellow billionaires such as Richard Branson, the Virgin Galactic investor, face criticism for spending their wealth on space tourism.
Bezos has recently been criticized for not offering more to philanthropy, yet has given billions of dollars lately to causes including environmental change and food banks.
Pundits have said that the world’s richest people should try to work on the conditions for humans here on Earth, rather than taking off into space. Notwithstanding, Bezos and allies of the space programs, have gotten over that affirmation, saying both are extremely fundamental.
“You know, we have lots of problems here and now on Earth and we need to work on those, and we always need to look to the future. We’ve always done that as a species, as a civilization. We have to do both.”