The founder and executive chairman of Amazon, Jeff Bezos, revealed during a press conference on Tuesday morning, he is giving away $100 million each to activist Van Jones and humanitarian José Andrés.
At the end of the press conference, Bezos said: “I have a little surprise for you. I am announcing today, a new philanthropic initiative… The Courage and Civility Award. It recognizes leaders who aim high, and who pursue solutions with courage, and who always do so with civility.”
Bezos then went on to say that “we should question ideas, not the person… we need unifiers and not vilifiers. We want people who argue hard and act hard for what they truly believe.”
“We do have role models,” Bezos said before the slideshow introduced Jones as the first recipient of the $100 million award.
Jeff Bezos has a net worth of more than $204 billion, a fortune he built through online retail giant Amazon.
Keep in mind that he also owns the left-wing media outlet Washington Post.
After being announced as the winner, Jones came on stage and said: “I appreciate you [Jeff Bezos] for lifting the ceiling off of people’s dreams.”
The self-avowed communist did not specify how he intends to use the cash.
The press conference then aired a video praising Van Jones for bringing together “climate justice and racial justice.”
Bezos then said: “I bet Van Jones is going to do something amazing with that $100 million. I don’t know what yet. I bet he doesn’t know what yet, but it’s in your hands, Van Jones.”