What are world’s billionaire philanthropists up to during the Covid-19 lockdown?
Highlights! Rating The Tech Billionaire Philanthropists’ Contribution To The Global Coronavirus Crusade
- Bill Gates jumps in full-time – prediction what’s next
- Jack Ma – Face Masks, Test Kits and Digital Handbooks – China and Abroad
- Jeff Bezos – Lend a hand, leverage an opportunity
- Mark Zuckerberg – Easing out the bottlenecks Bayside
- Elon Musk – Oh Boy! You really screwed this one up
The governments are doing their best to contain the coronavirus pandemic as well as they can. But that won’t be enough. The rapidly exploding global pandemic will need all the help humanity can gather.
Wondered how the world’s billionaires, Silicon Valley wizards, e-commerce giants, technology think tanks can actually help? Here’s what the world’s richest people are doing while the rest of the world is in isolation and lockdown.
Billionaire Philanthropists around the world are responding to pandemic coronavirus with contributions in their own stride. Here’s what they are doing
Bill Gates – 10/10
After predicting long back ago that the world is not ready for a pandemic Bill Gates has now stepped down from the Microsoft Board. His decision comes at a time when the world needs all the help it can get.
Via the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, the celebrity executive has pledged full-time to find the cure of coronavirus pandemic. Gates has also recently predicted that quarantined countries can bounce back in 6-8 weeks post the Covid-19 lockdown.
Jack Ma – 10/10
The richest man of Asia, Jack Ma of e-commerce giant Ali Baba has amped up his philanthropic cause. China was the epicentre of the pandemic that has now gripped the world is on a slow and long road to recovery.
Having faced the virus firsthand, The Jack Ma Foundation and Alibaba Foundation announced the publication of a digital handbook. The Handbook shares lessons and experience from frontline doctors, medical administrators and staff in fighting the coronavirus in China.
Earlier, he promised a donation of one million face masks and 500,000 test kits for the U.S. He tweeted on the occasion, “The first shipment of masks and coronavirus test kits to the US is taking off from Shanghai.”
Jeff Bezos – 7/10
Amazon founder and world’s richest man Jeff Bezos has offered help to White House amid the coronavirus crisis in the country. Bezos has been in ‘regular touch’ with White House officials. However, he was not among the corporate industry experts who went to the White House to offer solutions about the pandemic outbreak.
President Donald Trump hinted during his press briefing without any specific details, “We have had tremendous support from a lot of people that can help and I believe he (Bezos) was one of them.”
Apart from it, Amazon has announced hiring plans of 100,000 workers to handle the spike in online shopping due to the isolation and social distancing.
Mark Zuckerberg – 5/10
Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg has stepped up his philanthropy works with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative and its affiliated CZI Biohub. Zuckerberg has taken up the cause of easing out the bottleneck testing of Covid-19 tests in the San Francisco Bay area.
The initiative will purchase two clinical diagnostic machines for testing and diagnosing possible cases in the area which will quadruple the current testing capacity.
Elon Musk – 0/10
Coronavirus is giving Tesla and SpaceX owner, Elon Musk a hard time on micro-blogging site Twitter. First, he garners all the wrong kind of attention by tweeting the panic over the pandemic coronavirus is ‘dumb.’
While officials around the world are trying to create an informed and authentic environment, Musk’s tweet to his 3.24 million followers is negligent, to say the least.
Further, in an email to employees at SpaceX Musk compared the lethality of COVID-19 to that of car crashes, ‘which do not spread virally and are not contagious,’ he wrote.
Earlier in the week, Musk’s Tesla factory in the San Francisco Bay Area was criticised to be open despite a “shelter-in-place” order from local officials.
With the efforts of these billionaire philanthropists world might be able to bounce back in order post coronavirus scare.