how the super-rich are donating, or not, their billions to combat COVID 19

Jeff Bezos made his fortune on the backs of underpaid and unprotected workers.

Furthermore, Amazon paid $0 in federal income taxes on more than $11 billion in profits before taxes for 2018.

Asked to donate big chunks of their fortune to tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, the super-rich have been responding in different ways.

Mark Zuckerberg has committed $30m to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Not enough, critics say. Zuckerberg has an estimated fortune of $67 billion.

Madonna has donated $1m to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, to help in the creation of a vaccine.

Jeff Bezos has donated $100m (£80m) to the food bank charity, Feeding America. Not enough, critics say while pointing out that the donation represents less than 0.1% of his estimated $123 billion fortune.

Read on:

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2020/apr/12/americas-billionaire-class-donations

https://www.theguardian.com/news/2020/apr/11/call-for-super-rich-to-donate-more-to-tackle-coronavirus-pandemic

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