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Van Jones Jeff Bezos At PostSpace Flight Press Conference Says He Giving

Bezos awards José Andrés, Van Jones with $100M | TheHill Tue, 20 Jul 2021 10:00:00 -0700-Jeff Bezos followed up his space flight by gifting $100 million each to CNN political contributor Van Jones and chef José Andrés.

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Jeff Bezos, At Post-Space Flight Press Conference, Says He’s Giving $100 Million Each To Van Jones And José Andrés To Donate To Charities Of Their Choice

July 20, 2021

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Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket launches carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, his brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Jeff Bezos followed up his 11-minute flight to the edge of space Tuesday with an extended press appearance in which he announced the gift of $100 million each to CNN political contributor Van Jones and chef José Andrés.

“They can give all to their own charity or they can share their wealth. It’s all up to them,” Bezos said, as he announced what he called the Courage and Civility Award.

“Sometimes dreams come true,” Jones said, adding that “the headlines around the world should be, anything is possible if you believe.”

Andrés, who started the nonprofit World Central Kitchen to feed those affected by natural disasters, said, “This award itself cannot feed the world on its own, but this is the start of a new chapter for us.”

Anderson Cooper, who has been anchoring CNN’s coverage of the flight of the Blue Origin spacecraft, said “quite a surprise. Obviously none of us knew anything about it.”

Later, Jones said that Bezos called him over the weekend to inform of his plans. “He said that he thought that my attempts to try to bring people together across party lines, across racial lines had been inspiring, and can I use some more support.”

Jones said that it was “money for me to give to others who have a similar spirit.”

“I really didn’t know what to say,” Jones said.

“You got people coming out of prisons, you have got people on reservations, you have got people in Appalachia, you have got people at the border, all people,” he added. “This country is unbelievable what people are doing, and how much heart they have and how much love they have. They don’t care about these things we divide over sometime and they need more support. If we can connect them with more resources, it is going to make a big difference.”

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Blue Origin's New Shepard rocket launches carrying passengers Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon and space tourism company Blue Origin, his brother Mark Bezos, Oliver Daemen and Wally Funk, from its spaceport near Van Horn, Texas. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Jeff Bezos followed up his 11-minute flight to the edge of space Tuesday with an extended press appearance in which he announced the gift of $100 million each to CNN political contributor Van Jones and chef José Andrés.

“They can give all to their own charity or they can share their wealth. It’s all up to them,” Bezos said, as he announced what he called the Courage and Civility Award.

“Sometimes dreams come true,” Jones said, adding that “the headlines around the world should be, anything is possible if you believe.”

Andrés, who started the nonprofit World Central Kitchen to feed those affected by natural disasters, said, “This award itself cannot feed the world on its own, but this is the start of a new chapter for us.”

Anderson Cooper, who has been anchoring CNN’s coverage of the flight of the Blue Origin spacecraft, said “quite a surprise. Obviously none of us knew anything about it.”

Later, Jones said that Bezos called him over the weekend to inform of his plans. “He said that he thought that my attempts to try to bring people together across party lines, across racial lines had been inspiring, and can I use some more support.”

Jones said that it was “money for me to give to others who have a similar spirit.”

“I really didn’t know what to say,” Jones said.

“You got people coming out of prisons, you have got people on reservations, you have got people in Appalachia, you have got people at the border, all people,” he added. “This country is unbelievable what people are doing, and how much heart they have and how much love they have. They don’t care about these things we divide over sometime and they need more support. If we can connect them with more resources, it is going to make a big difference.”

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Jeff Bezos, At Post-Space Flight Press Conference, Says He's Giving … Tue, 20 Jul 2021 10:00:00 -0700-Celebrity chef José Andrés and CNN political commentator Van Jones are the first two recipients of Jeff Bezos's new philanthropic award, giving both men $100 …

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Bezos awards José Andrés, Van Jones with $100M

July 20, 2021

Celebrity chef José Andrés and CNN political commentator Van Jones are the first two recipients of Jeff BezosimageJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosBezos: Critics of billionaires' 'joyrides' to space 'largely right' Bezos 'really excited to figure out' how trip to space changes him Equilibrium/ Sustainability — The gentler side of Shark Week MORE’s new philanthropic award, giving both men $100 million to put towards any charity or nonprofit of their choice.

Bezos introduced the initiative, dubbed the “Courage and Civility Award,” on Tuesday, after completing a successful trip to the edge of space on a capsule and rocket developed by his company, Blue Origin.

The billionaire founder of both Amazon and Blue Origin said the award is meant to recognize “leaders who aim high, and who pursue solutions with courage and who always do so with civility.”

Both Jones and Andres will receive $100 million to put towards towards charitable causes. 

“We need unifiers and not vilifiers. People who argue hard and act hard for what they truly believe, but they do that always with civility and never ad hominem attacks. And unfortunately we live in a world where this is too often not the case. But we do have role models,” Bezos added.

Jones is the founder of Dream Corps, a nonprofit focused on bipartisan solutions for criminal justice reform. 

“I know that Van Jones is going to do something amazing with that 100 million dollars. I don't know what yet, I bet he doesn't know what yet, but it's in your hands Van Jones. However you’re going to do it, it's gonna work,” Bezos said.

Bezos said the transformation in Jones’s life story is “unbelievable and profound and inspiring.”

Jones delivered emotional remarks upon receiving the award, in which he thanked Bezos for betting on him.

Bezos then announced the second recipient of his new award, Andres, who is a celebrity chef and founder of World Central Kitchen.

“I'm so honored, really grateful for this award and the incredible support from you, Jeff, from the entire Bezos family. World Central Kitchen was born from the simple idea that food has the power to create a better world. A plate of food is a plate of hope, it is the fastest way to rebuild life and communities. And this award itself cannot feed the world on its own, but this is the start of a new chapter for us,” Andrés said.

“I always say that I believe in longer tables, not higher walls. So, you know Jeff, let's go and let's feed the world,” he added.


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