Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has built a fortune worth $86 billion and he’s asking Twitter for some help in deciding how to use that money for good.
Amazon’s Jeff Bezos has a ton of money and he’s looking for ideas how to use his fortune to help the rest of the world. Bezos sent out a tweet last week with a note attached about how he can help people and the world right now. Bezos is looking for ideas that will be of immediate help and is primarily focused on short-term ideas rather than long-term ideas for the time being. Twitter heard his plea and responded with more than 40,000 replies.
If there’s one thing everyday people on Twitter love to do it’s telling rich people how to spend their money, but this is actually something good and noble and the responses to Bezos’ tweet have produced some well-thought ideas that make a lot of sense for Bezos to put his money behind.
The crowd-sourcing method is one not typically saved for philanthropic efforts, but does it really matter the genesis of these efforts so long as they end with people being helped?
Some of the ideas, as expected, were not about the greater good and more for personal gain. While others saw fans of particular shows that were canceled on other networks and their spamming efforts to get the show revived on Amazon. Those are a waste of internet space. However, the tweet did result in some gold that I hope to see Bezos invest in, particularly the one about helping rid student loan debt from the millions of people hamstrung by that debt.
Other suggestions included how to help out teachers, how to help out the number of homeless youths across the country who are LGBT and statistically more likely to commit suicide and succeed in their attempt.
Another idea comes from Jake Wood who suggests military veterans are trained to work as first responders to natural disasters.
Hopefully, Bezos can take a page out of the book of Warren Buffett and Bill Gates and make a difference with his philanthropic efforts just like those two billionaires who have used their considerable fortune to gift $55 billion according to Bloomberg.
Bezos is being flooded with ideas but no one can really tell him what to do with his estimated $86 billion fortune, but the good thing is he’s taken the steps to see where he can be of use. Hopefully, he finds something he can take a personal interest in and devote some of his fortunes to these causes that are so important and so necessary.