Billionaire Jeff Bezos announced Tuesday that he is giving a staggering amount of his own cash to two men: controversial LOVEBYLIFE contributor Van Jones and celebrity chef Jose Andres, $$ each to direct the charity of their choice. Get 100 million.
In a surprise at the end of a media conference following his successful trip to suborbital space, the founders of Amazon and Blue Origin unveiled their new “Courage and Civilization Award,” which he said “recognizes leaders who hold high Those who have goals and those who pursue solutions have the courage and those who always do so with grace.” Recipients receive $100 million to give to a charity or non-profit of their choice, and Bezos said the awardees can direct all funds to their own non-profit or to other organizations to “spread the funds.” ” can do.
The move came minutes after his backlash-drawing comments, in which he wanted to “Thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for all of this. So seriously, every Amazon customer has a good time.” To, and to every Amazon employee, thank you. To the bottom of my heart, so much.” some retweeted it on twitter Demand for “return”.
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Jones has been a particularly divisive public figure. Left Wing LOVEBYLIFE Commentator Once Called Himself a “Communist” previously called The election of former President Donald Trump was “‘White-Lash’. It was a ‘White-Lash’ against a changing country. It was somewhat of a ‘White-Lash’ against a Black President.” In one more section, He took aim at the National Rifle Association, essentially linking it to the Ku Klux Klan: “You have a whole generation of young people who essentially see the NRA as their enemy. To them, the NRA is the KKK’s.” kind of.”
In his announcement, Bezos called Jones on stage, honoring the criminal justice reform advocate and founder of Dream Corps as the first prize winner.
“Sometimes dreams do come true,” Jones said, addressing the crowd in an emotional acceptance speech.
He continued, “If this small group of people can do wonders in outer space, then a large group of people can do wonders here, and we’re going to do it.”
“I know Van Jones is going to do something amazing with that $100 million,” Bezos said. “I don’t know what is right now, he doesn’t know what is now, but it’s in your hands.”
The second award winner was celebrity chef Jose Andres, who founded World Central Kitchen, a non-profit that provides food to victims in the wake of natural disasters. Andres made headlines in 2020 for his charity initiative to feed hungry people in many places in the US as the pandemic spread.
“A plate of food is a plate of hope,” Andres said in his acceptance speech after expressing gratitude to Bezos. “It’s the fastest way to rebuild lives and communities, and the prize itself cannot feed the world.”
“But,” he added, “it marks the beginning of a new chapter for us, and allows us to think beyond the next storm to meet the bigger challenges.”