Elon Musk isn’t your prototypical modern billionaire, and those who wish to invoke him to prove a point had better be certain that they’re ready for a response, lest they wish to appear as fools before the almighty entrepreneur.
No, Musk is far more akin to the eccentrics of a century or more ago. Howard Hughes, Nikola Tesla, and that like. He’s odd, but in the sort of way that allows him to simply turn any argument on its head and have it be taken seriously.
And this is why the United Nations should have perhaps picked a different target for their latest anti-wealth blurb.
Musk responded to a repost of a CNN article that quoted David Beasley, the director of the UN’s World Food Program, who said billionaires need to “step up now” — namely Musk and Jeff Bezos.
“Six billion dollars to help 42 million people that are literally going to die if we don’t reach them. It’s not complicated,” he said.
Musk indicated that it is not that simple. He responded to a post from an AI researcher who pointed out that the WFP raised $8.4 billion in 2020. He asked why it “didn’t solve world hunger” then. The WFP’s website said it was still $5.3 billion short of the amount needed. The agency did not immediately respond to an email from Fox News.
Musk then went for the jugular.
Musk tweeted that if the UN program can “describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it.” He called on transparent and open accounting.
We’re still waiting for a UN response.