- Ex-YouTuber Jake Paul tweeted a conditional offer to donate to end world hunger.
- Paul said he would donate R154 million if Musk contributed R924 billion to the cause.
- Paul added that the donation would be contingent on whether his tweet got 690,000 retweets.
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YouTuber-turned-boxer Jake Paul said that he would donate R154 million to end world hunger – on two conditions.
“Yo @elonmusk if you donate $6 billion to the UN to end world hunger, I’ll also donate $10 million if this gets 690k retweets,” wrote Paul in a tweet this week.
Paul was referring to Musk’s tweet chain this week, where the latter offered to sell his Tesla stock and donate the cash to the UN if the organisation could prove how it would use the money.
Musk is currently worth more than $300 billion – three times as much as Warren Buffett. Paul, who currently participates in celebrity boxing matches on top of being a social media personality, is estimated to be worth a comparatively modest $20 million.
Paul has in the past contributed to some charitable causes. In 2017, Paul worked with the Make a Wish Foundation to give a cancer-stricken child named Kaley a tour of the Team 10 influencer house. That same year, Paul also participated in a charity soccer game for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
At press time, Paul’s tweet pledging to donate had been re-tweeted over 24,000 times, a far cry from his desired 690,000 retweets.
Musk’s challenge to the UN came after UN World Food Programme Director David Beasley said on CNN last week that a $6 billion donation – a fraction of Musk’s more than $300 billion worth – could save the lives of 42 million starving people.
Musk then asked in a tweet chain that the UN World Food Program use “open source accounting” to show how his money would solve the current hunger crisis. Beasley responded to Musk’s request this week, writing on Twitter that he would be willing to get “on the next flight” to Musk to talk through the UN’s spending.
“$6 billion will not solve world hunger, but it WILL prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation. An unprecedented crisis and a perfect storm due to COVID-19, conflict, and climate crises,” Beasley tweeted on November 1. “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!”
Musk tweeted in reply: “Please publish your current & proposed spending in detail so people can see exactly where [the] money goes. Sunlight is a wonderful thing.”
Beasley responded on November 3 that the World Food Program’s financial statements are an “open book.