Jeff Bezos has so much money that he does not know what to do with it, so he thinks he might as well spend it on spaceships.
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Founder and CEO told Mathias Döpfner, CEO of Business Insider Tribe Axel Springer, in an interview published over the weekend.
"I just see that To make use of this much financial resource, convert my Amazon profits into space travel." That's basically it. "
Bezos, according to Forbes' latest calculations, has a value of around $ 1
While these billions were largely based on e-commerce and cloud computing, Bezos Döpfner recounted that his space company Blue Origin plays its most important role
"I follow this work because I believe that if we do not do that Finally, we end up with a civilization of stasis that I find very demoralizing, "he said of his space exploration goals – and finally colonization. "I am very happy that I believe that with Blue Origin I have a missionary purpose that is incredibly important to civilization in the long run, and I will use my financial Amazon lottery winnings to fund it."
Bezos He said he spends about $ 1 billion annually to finance Blue Origin.
But while Bezos mentioned philanthropic efforts like combating homelessness, many in social media found that his priorities were lacking – especially compared to Bill Gates, the Seattle billionaire who had pledged to give away most of his fortune and had already donated more than $ 40 billion through its foundation. Some commented that Bezos could use its enormous wealth to combat hunger, improve the salaries of Amazon workers or pay its full tax share.
Bezos: "I have no idea what to do with all the money!"
Your workers have a living wage
Bezos: "Look at 'Amazon Winnings' so much."
me: pay your taxes
Bezos: "sooo muchhhh money"
me: It would only cost $ 55M to fix Flint
Bezos: "I should buy a rocket ship." https://t.co/qRyN0JpjKR
– Danny Page (@DannyPage) May 1, 2018
A considerable amount of Jeff Bezos's workforce is paid so little that they rely on food stamps But Bezos says that the only way he could spend his "Amazon profits" is in space. Maybe he should have just said "Let her eat cake" – it would be scarcer. pic.twitter.com/bOh0IcNibp
– David Sirota (@davidsirota) May 1, 2018
Mr. Bezos, one of 16 public school students, is homeless in the city where you built your empire. Maybe that could be a good use of your financial resources? https://t.co/gJ3BZx84Lj
– Paige Cornwell (@pgcornwell) May 1, 2018
Bezos Amazon is headquartered in Seattle and has helped bring Seattle's average housing price closer to 1 Dollar is million. Avg 1 bdr apt will cost you over 2k to rent. Over 14,000 homeless people in Seattle. All while the average Amazon employee only makes 30k a year.
But … Space ? https://t.co/x1cJVTK497
– Dae Shik Kim Hawkins Jr. (@daedaejr) May 1, 2018
bezos could, if he wanted, restoring his employees' pensions https://t.co/83PkT5b4ZL
– Elon Green (@elongreen) May 1, 2018
Although Bezos does not shoot all his money into space. Last year, Bezos made its first major philanthropic donation – $ 35 million for cancer research. Last June, he also asked for proposals he could donate to help "people in the here and now – short term" and promised $ 33 million for scholarships for so-called "dreamers."