Famed YouTube star Jake Paul said that he’ll donate $10 million to end world hunger, but his declaration comes with two conditions. He promised on Twitter this past Sunday, November 1, to offer his financial support if Elon Musk donates $6 billion to the UN for the cause, and if his post gets 690k retweets.
Musk is currently worth more than $300 billion. Paul, who’s currently also participates in celebrity boxing matches, is estimated to be worth $20 million.
Paul has contributed to some charitable causes in the past. In 2017, he worked with the Make a Wish Foundation to give a cancer-stricken child a tour of the Team 10 influencer house. The former actor-musician also participated in a charity soccer game for Hurricane Harvey relief efforts that same year.
Musk’s challenge to the UN came after the organization’s World Food Program Director, David Beasley said on CNN last week that a $6 billion donation could save the lives of 42 million starving people. The entrepreneur asked in his tweet chain that the UN’s food program uses open source accounting to show how his money would solve the current hunger crisis.
Beasley responded to Musk’s request this past Sunday, October 31 on Twitter. The World Food Program Director said he would be willing to meet with Musk to talk through the UN’s spending.
“$6 billion will not solve world hunger, but it will prevent geopolitical instability, mass migration and save 42 million people on the brink of starvation. An unprecedented crisis and a perfect storm due to COVID-19, conflict, and climate crises,” Beasley tweeted. “Let’s talk: It isn’t as complicated as Falcon Heavy, but too much at stake to not at least have a conversation. I can be on the next flight to you. Throw me out if you don’t like what you hear!”
Musk tweeted in reply: “Please publish your current and proposed spending in detail so people can see exactly where [the] money goes. Sunlight is a wonderful thing.”
Beasley responded today that the World Food Program’s financial statements are an “open book.”