The Amazon founder declared in a recent interview with CNN that he plans to donate most of his wealth to ecological causes.
Surely the richest 1% of the population should be mandated to show at COP conferences, no? Maybe that’s just my preference.
Jeff Bezos, currently the fourth richest person on the planet – with an estimated net worth of $124bn – plans to become the biggest philanthropist the world has ever seen, apparently.
In a recent interview with CNN, the Amazon chief revealed his intention to donate the majority of his wealth to fight climate change and simultaneously unify humanity. Quite when the 58-year-old plans to cut the cheque, however, nobody knows.
It’s a hugely surprising development and many are rightly dubious, given the lack of any real details thus far.
Over recent years, critics have constantly jabbed at Bezos for not signing the Giving Pledge, a promise made by hundreds of the world’s wealthiest figures to donate more than half of their financial empires to charitable causes.
If we’re giving him the benefit of the doubt, this latest development would suggest that Bezos had always planned to distribute his fortune, but perhaps just on his own terms. I may be generalising, but Silicon Valley billionaires typically don’t like being told what to do.
It’s also worth mentioning, to his credit, that Bezos has delved into philanthropy already. Around 8% of his net worth – or €10bn – is being contributed annually for 10 years as part of the Bezos Earth Fund. Meanwhile, Amazon is striving to go net zero with all production by 2040.