New York/Washington, Nov 14 (EFE).- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos has told US broadcaster CNN that he plans to donate most of his $124 billion fortune to fight climate change and support people and causes that help bridge social and political divisions.
Bezos and his partner, journalist-turned-philanthropist Lauren Sanchez, explained in their first interview together since they began dating in 2019 that they are “building the capacity to be able to give away this money.”
The tech mogul has pledged to donate $10 billion over 10 years – 8% of his fortune – to the Bezos Earth Fund, which he co-chairs with Sanchez.
The foundation’s priorities include reducing the carbon footprint of cement and steel, pressuring financial regulators to take on climate-related risks, and advancing data and mapping technologies to monitor polluting emissions.
During the interview, Bezos compared his philanthropy to the years he spent creating Amazon and cloud computing: “It’s not easy,” he said.
“Building Amazon was not easy. It took a lot of hard work, a bunch of very smart teammates, hard-working teammates, and I’m finding — and I think Lauren is finding the same thing — that charity, philanthropy, is very similar,” Bezos said.
The interview with one of the world’s wealthiest men aired amid fears of an economic recession in most parts of the world. EFE