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message 1: by Melisa (new)

Melisa | 10 comments Everyone knows about the fires in Australia by now. I'm sure many have heard of Jeff Bezos donating $690,000 to help Australia, which equals about a million when changed to Australian money. This has caused outrage because of how little he donated, compared to his mighty net worth. What do you think?


message 2: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 10742 comments I think Australia should say thank you. He has no direct interest in Australia as far as I know, and to be outraged at getting "merely" a million dollars is just plain wrong. You can still buy a reasonable amount of things for a million.


message 3: by Graeme (new)

Graeme Rodaughan Thanks Jeff.

It's all appreciated.


message 4: by W (new)

W Just wondering how much would have not caused outrage ?


message 5: by Leonie (new)

Leonie (leonierogers) | 1579 comments As an Australian, I'd just say thanks. Anything is marvellous!


message 6: by Graeme (new)

Graeme Rodaughan Well said, Leonie


message 7: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 14950 comments Melisa wrote: "Everyone knows about the fires in Australia by now. I'm sure many have heard of Jeff Bezos donating $690,000 to help Australia, which equals about a million when changed to Australian money. This h..."

After looking up a bit on the net, I see now where you are coming from: https://www.wired.co.uk/article/jeff-...
For a comparison we can see how much his "poorer" peers donated to restoration of burnt Notre Dame: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/...
They donated 200 times more than Jeff to Australia and still absorbed a good deal of criticism! So, for some it's probably never enough :)
From my point of view, donating anything is a good step per se and deserves thanks, and maybe not in his case - even an applaud. Has he come out as a very generous person? Doesn't look so, but he's relatively "fresh" on the top of the richest dudes and can still mature into a more philanthropic persona. I hope he will


message 8: by W (new)

W As the saying goes,"no good deed goes unpunished".


message 9: by W (last edited Jan 24, 2020 08:05AM) (new)

W Also,if he had not donated at all,would that also have caused outrage ? Has Bill Gates made any donation ?


message 10: by Scout (new)

Scout (goodreadscomscout) | 5791 comments Seems like looking a gift horse in the mouth to criticize a contribution of a million. Better to say thanks and hope for more.


message 11: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 10742 comments Say thanks and send him videos on what it was spent on. That might lead to more personal; involvement


message 12: by W (new)

W Interesting to read that Bezos says he will spend $10 billion to fight climate change.


message 13: by Ian (new)

Ian Miller | 10742 comments I wonder what he will spend it on, and who decides? Jeff will not be knowledgeable enough in the chemistry and physics to make optimal decisions.


message 14: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 14950 comments Wsm wrote: "Interesting to read that Bezos says he will spend $10 billion to fight climate change."

I guess bigger scale/issue, bigger money: https://www.vox.com/future-perfect/20...


message 15: by Nik (new)

Nik Krasno | 14950 comments Looks like a bit more serious program: https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/22/jeff-...


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