Would Jeff Bezos be so generous if he was not so in-depth investigation?
This review will not end for the world's richest person, who announced on Thursday that he would spend at least $ 2 billion for philanthropic projects . It is a long time to come to the Amazon CEO, who had not yet spent a $ 163 billion worth of assets on charity, despite external pressure.
Bezos made the statement as an important deadline approaching: He said in June that he would reveal his plans this summer – which will officially end next week. It is relevant, not pedantic, since Bezos's plans have at least had the perception of being PR-motivated. He first tweeted about his interest in philanthropy on questions from the New York Times about his parsimonic donation story.
Even now, Bezos's $ 2 billion is a small amount of money compared to making plans for other billionaires. He commits 1
Bezo's contribution will focus on fighting homelessness and supporting pre-school education. He also said in his statement that his family's contribution to the fund would "start with a $ 2 billion commitment", indicating that he is likely to give more.
Amazon's founder has made some gifts: $ 15 million to Princeton University, where he went to college and tens of millions of dollars to the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. (There are still drops in the bucket when considering how wealthy he is.)
Bezos has helped to renew the journalism by purchasing Washington Post and has described philosophical investments in its space exploration company Blue Origin. even though both of these are for-profit units). And he turned his head in the political world this summer when revealing a $ 10 million contribution – a thrill of technology, but a huge amount of money in politics – to a super PAC that supports veterans driving to the office.
But do not expect Thursday's announcement to pause questions about how he uses his fortune and how he understands his legacy – specifically given the questions in Silicon Valley and Washington about corporate responsibility. President Trump and his supporter apparently have Bezos in the crosshairs. Amazon is rising in a time of increasing distrust to the all-know technological giant.
At the age of 54, Jeff Bezos is more a crowd of public interest, fascination and review than ever before.