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The spaceman, Tesla owner, crypto fiend, and more recently, the wealthiest man in the world, Elon Musk, e-confronted a United Nations official who stated that a fraction of his wealth could help beat world hunger for good.
The claim that Musk’s wealth could help solve world hunger came from the United Nations’ World Food Programme director, David Beasley, who released a few tweets over the past month that ask billionaires like Musk to “step up now, on a one-time basis.” More specifically, Beasley was targetting Bloomberg Billionaires Index frontrunners Elon Musk and Amazon Inc. co-founder Jeff Bezos, two of the richest men in the world. In one of Beasley’s tweets, he estimated that “Just $6 billion could keep 42 million people from dying.”
Taking to Twitter, Musk noticed the tweet and was intrigued to respond. However, he was a little confused about Beasley’s math and financial estimation that $6 billion would do the trick to solve world hunger. He asked if the World Food Programme’s accounting “can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it,” Musk tweeted.
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Beasley was happy to see Musk’s response and followed by saying that if he was willing to meet in person, Beasley would “bring the plan and open the books,” he wrote in his Twitter response.
Last week, Musk’s electric-vehicle company Tesla was valued at more than $1 trillion, so it’s safe to say that $6 billion is like pocket change for the Tesla CEO. In fact, Musk’s current net worth of $331 billion recently surpassed Jeff Bezos’ $190 billion. According to the Billionaires Index, on Oct. 29 alone, Musk’s wealth increased by a whopping $9.3 billion, surprisingly more than what Beasley is asking for.
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Making up the majority of Musk’s net worth is Tesla, which he rarely sells stocks in. On Friday, Tesla stocks reached a record high of $1,114. He’s also generating significant income from his private space-exploration company SpaceX, which was recently valued at $100 billion last month. This isn’t the first time that the outspoken and internet-driven billionaire has made attempts to tax the rich, especially billionaires across the country.
On Twitter, Musk shared his opinion on how taxing billionaires would make a “small dent” in paying off the country’s debts while claiming the government should focus on their irresponsible spending. He also stated that a billionaire tax is just the beginning of taxing the rich to help bring national balance.
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