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Jeff Bezos launches a $ 2 billion fund to help the poor

Jeff Bezos launches a $ 2 billion fund to help the poor

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Jeff Bezos, the founder and CEO of Amazon, is the richest man in the world with a value of US $ 150,000 million.

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What would you do if you had $ 2 billion left to spend?

If you are Jeff Bezos, the CEO and founder of Amazon, you launch a charitable organization.

Bezos announced this Thursday via a tweet that, together with his wife, MacKenzie, has set up a fund, the Bezos Day One fund, with an amount that would be divided into two parts: US $ 1,000 million to support the efforts of non-profit organizations working on housing and food homeless families, and another US $ 1,000 million to set up and run a network of pre-school programs, in the style of Montessori workshops, in communities with low incomes.

The tycoon has been criticized, even by the Senator Bernie Sanders, to gather so much wealth but not to share it, so he decided to ask ideas a year ago to inspire his philanthropy. He tweeted that in June this summer he announced his charity mission, which brings us to the news today.

Bezos has a personal value of US $ 150,000 million according to the list of billionaires from Bloomberg – US $ 55,000 million more than the founder of Microsoft Bill Gates – reported CNBC.

In comparison, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in 2015 that donate 99 percent of your fortune – with a value at that time of US $ 45,000 million – to the establishment of a foundation for social goals. This philanthropy remains in the footsteps of other billionaire colleagues such as Gates and investor Warren Buffett.

In fact Bezos had already begun to show his intention to donate to charity funds in January, when he donated $ 33 million in scholarships to the Dreamers & # 39; undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.