Jeff Bezos says he’s giving freely two $100 million prizes as a part of a “braveness and civility award”.
The prizes had been introduced on the finish of a press convention to commemorate Blue Origin’s journey to area, which carried Mr Bezos and three fellow passengers on the corporate’s first ever crewed flight.
The primary two prizes will likely be given to activist and TV persona Van Jones, and chef and humanitarian José Andrés. Mr Bezos advised that additional awards could possibly be given away sooner or later.
Mr Bezos stated that each of the recipients weren’t clear but how the cash can be spent. It could possibly be given away to non-profits, both in a single main sum or cut up between a number of ones, he stated.
The Amazon founder has confronted sustained criticism over his journey to area, and solutions that he may higher spend the cash to repair issues on Earth. He has stated such critics are “largely proper”, however denied that area journey and enhancements at dwelling are in battle.
The brand new award appeared geared toward addressing a few of that criticism, nevertheless, with Mr Bezos giving freely a small a part of his huge fortune with a view to creating new options.
Mr Bezos stated that the prize was a brand new “philanthropic initiative”. It got here out of a perception that persons are too fast to query folks’s “character or motives” fairly than their “concepts”.
He made the bulletins because the press convention following the flight got here to an finish. Throughout the dialogue, he stated that he had gained new perspective from the journey and that it had exceeded his expectations – earlier than asserting the shock award.
Mr Bezos didn’t give any indication of when or how typically he can be giving freely the “Braveness and Civility” award. He stated solely that it aimed to recognise “leaders who purpose excessive, pursue options with braveness, and at all times accomplish that with civility”.
The TV commentator, writer and activist Van Jones stated after his award was introduced that he can be spending the cash to attach “grassroots” organisations with “the geniuses who’ve disrupted” quite a lot of industries – in order that they may look to “disrupt poverty” and the opposite issues going through the world.
José Andrés, the Spanish Chef who based the non-profit World Central Kitchen, appeared to be on the sting of tears as he obtained his award. He stated he was “honoured” and “actually grateful”.