Bezos announces $100 million ‘Courage and Civility’ award after return from space
Bllionaire Amazon founder, Jeff Bezos flew into space on his company Blue Origin’s New Shepard spacecraft on Tuesday, marking a historic moment in space travel.
Bezos, announced a $100 million “Courage and Civility” award upon his return to the planet.
This $100 million “Courage and Civility” award will be conferred on leaders who engage the public to counter challenges facing the human race.
The first two “Courage and Civility” awards have been conferred on American political commentator Van Jones and celebrity chef José Andrés. Each of the award winners will receive a sum of $100 million.
In his address during a press conference to mark the success of his company Blue Origin’s first passenger spaceflight, Jeff Bezos said both Van Jones and José Andrés could donate the award money, if they wanted, either to one non-profit or split it among many.
Bezos further stated that more of these awards could be given away to others in the future.
Spanish chef José Andrés (52) is hailed as a leading humanitarian the world over. A New York Times bestselling author and a TV celebrity, Andrés is perhaps best known as the brains behind World Central Kitchen, a non-profit he founded in 2010.
The World Central Kitchen works in collaboration with relief agencies across the globe to provide meals to victims of natural disasters. It also aims to put an end to world hunger through innovative solutions and the participation of local chefs.
José Andrés was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 most influential people for a second time in 2018.
A highly respected TV host and author, Van Jones (52) hosts the Van Jones Show and The Redemption Project on CNN. Jones is also a three-time New York Times bestselling author and served as Special Advisor to the then US president Barack Obama in 2009.
Hailed as a criminal justice reformer, Jones founded a number of non-profits, the most significant of them being The Dream Corps. The Dream Corps is an incubator that supports powerful ideas and innovations to “uplift and empower the most vulnerable” in society.
Van Jones also won an Emmy award in 2020 for the digital series, The Messy Truth in VR.
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