NEWS
13/01/2020 09:55 GMT | Updated 13/01/2020 10:07 GMT

Jeff Bezos Scorned For £530,000 Donation To Australia Fire Relief

Critics felt that the Amazon CEO, whose personal net worth is estimated to be more than £85 billion, could have contributed more.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos caught flak over the weekend after announcing the company would donate $1 million Australian dollars (around £530,000) to the wildfire crisis.

“Our hearts go out to all Australians as they cope with these devastating bushfires,” Bezos wrote on his Instagram account. “Amazon is donating 1 million AU dollars in needed provisions and services.”

Critics called out Bezos, whose personal net worth is estimated to be around £85 billion, for the amount, arguing it is a meagre percentage of his and his company’s net worth. They also compared his donation to that of other public figures.

Other high profile donations so far have included a £2.3 million pledge from Leonardo DiCaprio, whose net worth is around £200 million. Chris Hemsworth, Kylie Jenner and Elton John all pledged £770,000, and others including Pink, Bette Midler, Nick Cave, Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban, and Kylie Minogue’s family, all donated £385,000 to the cause. One Instagram model says she’s raised nearly £800,000 by selling nude photos in exchange for donations.

Here’s some of the commentary on Twitter:

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