Elon Musk Willing to Sell $6 Billion of Tesla Stock to ‘Solve World Hunger’ if UN Can Prove How Funds Would Be Used

Elon Musk says he is willing to sell his Tesla shares to "solve world hunger," but only if the United Nations provides evidence of how the funds would be spent.

Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk speaking onstage at a conference

Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Tesla CEO and founder Elon Musk speaking onstage at a conference

Last month, the director of the United Nations’ World Food Programme called on the world’s richest man to help solve the global hunger crisis. Taking to Twitter, David Beasley challenged Elon Musk to donate some of his wealth to the cause.

“Congratulations to @elonmusk for passing up @JeffBezos as the world’s richest person,” Beasley wrote. “Elon, to celebrate I’m offering you a once in a lifetime opportunity: help us save 42M people from starvation for just $6.6B!! Offer expires SOON.. and lives do too.”

Nearly two weeks after Beasley’s remarks, the Tesla CEO responded via Twitter, writing that he’s willing to sell some of his company shares if the UN can provide evidence as to how it would use the funds to “solve world hunger.”

“If WFP can describe on this Twitter thread exactly how $6B will solve world hunger, I will sell Tesla stock right now and do it,” Musk wrote. “But it must be open source accounting, so the public sees precisely how the money is spent.”

Beasley responded, writing that he can assure that they have “the systems in place for transparency and open source accounting,” and that Musk’s teams can “review and work with us to be totally confident of such.”

Musk’s response arrives just days after Tesla became the sixth company ever in the U.S. to be valued at $1 trillion, with Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index estimating Musk’s net worth to be at $288.6 billion.

Latest in Life