Jeff Bezos Announces First of $10 Billion Donations to Fight Climate Change | 22 Words

Jeff Bezos has recently made a massive contribution in the effort to help fight climate change, and that's not all he said in the announcement...

There's no denying that some people have too much wealth...

And Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, is most certainly one of those people.

But after some recent controversies...

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It seems as though he is now focusing on making a more positive impact on the world by making donations towards fighting climate change. Keep scrolling for his full announcement...

Now, we all know that Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man in the world.

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The title all of us dream of one day acquiring, let's be honest!

For years now, Bezos has been topping the official list of our world's billionaires...

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The only man close to matching Bezos' eye-watering net worth is Microsoft co-founder, Bill Gates, who is worth around $114 billion.

First thing's first... Where does Bezos' wealth come from?

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Nobody is born with that kind of money, so where did it all start?

Bezos always held a huge passion for computers and went on to study computer science and electrical engineering at Princeton University.

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After graduating, Bezos spent some time working on Wall Street but, 4 years later in 1995, he quit to open his own online bookstore from his garage - Amazon.com.

The birth of Amazon.com changed everything for Bezos.

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The initial success of the online store was staggering. Within the first thirty days, Amazon.com had sold books all across the United States, and across forty-five foreign countries.

And the online retailer only went from strength to strength.

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In the mere years following from its launch, Amazon.com began stocking a wider variety of products, such as electronics, clothing, and toys, making it the number one online retailer.

It's yearly earnings kept multiplying...

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And, as of August this year, the company alone has been reported to be worth $1000B.

Bezos' success with Amazon is mind-blowing...

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And he didn't stop there. In 2013, Bezos revealed that he had purchased the Washington Post, which he has since made profitable with a revenue of over $100 million.

Bezos has also embarked on many ambitious quests in his career.

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In May last year, he proudly unveiled Amazon's "Blue Moon", his very own lunar lander project which will hopefully "help man get onto the moon."

But, despite all of his success...

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Bezos has faced a significant amount of controversy regarding his work ethics and spending habits.

It has been revealed that Bezos provides a shockingly low standard of working conditions for his employees.

Over the last couple of years, more and more stories of Amazon workers being forced to work unethical hours for ridiculously low wages - as little as $10 an hour, in some instances - have been emerging.

Oh, and Amazon paid $0 in federal taxes in 2018.

Despite the retailer being one of the most valuable companies in the world, and pulling in $232.9 billion in global revenue in 2018, they paid absolutely nothing in federal tax that year. Doesn't look great for the wealthiest man in the world, does it?

But, regardless of all the controversy surrounding the business tycoon...

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Bezos still remains one of the most powerful men in the world, and a little tax evasion and unethical labor definitely won't be fazing him anytime soon.

He now has his sights focussed on something else entirely.

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Rather than opting to listen to the demands of his workers, he is now turning his attention to the issue of climate change after announcing that he had just made his first $10 billion pledge.

And as great as that news is, some people just couldn't help but focus on the ongoing scandals...

But regardless, this is what Bezos' full announcement said:

"I’ve spent the past several months learning from a group of incredibly smart people who’ve made it their life’s work to fight climate change and its impact on communities around the world. I’m inspired by what they’re doing, and excited to help them scale."

He continued:

"Today, I’m pleased to announce the first Bezos Earth Fund recipients—16 organizations working on innovative, ambitious, and needle-moving solutions. This $791 million in donations is just the beginning of my $10 billion commitment to fund scientists, activists, NGOs, and others. We can all protect Earth’s future by taking bold action now."

And then he listed all the grantees.

"The Climate and Clean Energy Equity Fund, ClimateWorks Foundation, Dream Corps Green For All, Eden Reforestation Projects, Energy Foundation, Environmental Defense Fund, The Hive Fund for Climate and Gender Justice, Natural Resources Defense Council, The Nature Conservancy, NDN Collective, Rocky Mountain Institute, Salk Institute for Biological Studies, The Solutions Project, Union of Concerned Scientists, World Resources Institute, and World Wildlife Fund."

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Bezos has previously also jumped onto helping battle homelessness in America last year. Altogether thirty-two groups across twenty-three states received some aid from the CEO. So I guess, he's putting his money to some good use... Finally! But the controversies are never-ending with this man, keep scrolling to find out more...