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Billionaire Jeff Bezos Pledges $2 Billion to Help Restore Nature, Transform Food Systems

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Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon and the second richest man alive, through his $10 billion Bezos Earth Fund has pledged $2 billion to drive a three-fold nature agenda -conservation, restoration, and food-systems transformation.

According to the press release published on the Bezos Earth Fund website, the $2 billion will be used to restore landscapes in Africa and the U.S., increase crop and livestock production without land expansion, reduce agricultural emissions, shift diets, and reduce food loss and waste.

This commitment is in addition to the $1 billion pledged for nature at Climate Week NYC in September to help create, expand, manage, and monitor protected and conserved areas.  The fund has now donated $3 billion to restore nature and deepen its three-fold agenda.

“Our commitment today supports a three-fold imperative – we must conserve what we have, restore what we’ve lost, and grow what we need in harmony with nature,” said Jeff Bezos. “Investing in nature through both traditional and innovative approaches is essential to combat climate change, enhance biodiversity, protect the beauty of the natural world, and create a prosperous future.”

Explaining how the money will be appropriated, the billionaire said one billion dollars in funding will be used to support landscape restoration, with an initial focus on Africa and the U.S. Restoration efforts in Africa will include planting trees on degraded landscapes, revitalizing grasslands, and integrating trees into farmland.

This, he said will help drive critical outcomes that include climate benefits, food security, job creation, economic growth, soil fertility, and improved connectivity between protected areas to protect biodiversity. The Bezos Earth Fund will partner with Africa-owned partners, including AFR100, to deliver these benefits at scale.

In the U.S., funding will be dedicated to the restoration of more than 20 landscapes that sequester high levels of carbon, protect biodiversity, and deliver community benefits. Forty percent of the funds allocated to U.S. nature efforts will directly engage or benefit underserved communities.

The other $1 billion will help transform food and agricultural systems to support life without degrading the planet. The Bezos Earth Fund will allocate funds to support a range of urgent imperatives, including raising crop yields while shrinking the agricultural footprint, sharply reducing food loss and waste, shifting diets towards plant-based sources, and making agricultural supply chains more sustainable.

“To conserve our natural world is to conserve our human species,” said Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, ethologist, conservationist, and founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace. “We depend on nature for every breath we take and morsel we eat. We alone can determine its future – an awesome responsibility. This is a hugely welcome announcement and much needed as time is slipping away.”

“Africa is home to the world’s greatest restoration opportunity, with more than 700 million hectares of degraded land that can be restored,” said Dr. Ibrahim Mayaki, Chief Executive Officer, African Union Development Agency-NEPAD. “Africa is the continent most dependent on the land for livelihoods and most vulnerable to climate change. Africa must therefore lead the way. We warmly welcome partnership with ambitious funders like the Bezos Earth Fund.”

“This commitment recognizes the urgency of the situation before us,” said Christiana Figueres, former U.N. climate chief and founding partner of Global Optimism. “For too long we have ignored the solutions that nature provides for us. Protection and restoration of our Earth is key to protecting and restoring our future. Key to our success will be reforming the way in which we produce and consume food, which is driving global warming, species loss, and inequality, rather than nourishing ourselves and our planet.”

CEO/Founder Investors King Ltd, a foreign exchange research analyst, contributing author on New York-based Talk Markets and Investing.com, with over a decade experience in the global financial markets.

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Elon Musk Sells More Shares Worth $1 Billion

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Tesla Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Elon Musk sold another 934,091 shares valued at $1.05 billion. This came after the decision to exercise options to buy 2.15 million shares.

Musk, who is the world’s richest man, tweeted on November 6 that he would sell 10 percent of his Tesla stock if the majority of those following him on Twitter approved.

About 58% of the 3.5 million followers approved of the plan, and the South African born billionaire started to follow through. In this month alone, he has dumped a total of $9.85 billion inside Tesla stock, including the $6.9 billion he sold around the week of November 10, and the $1.9 billion he sold around November 15 and November 16.

This sale of just over 934,000 shares was announced at a stock filing on Tuesday night. Some of the shares were however sold partly to fulfill tax obligations which are related to an exercise of stock options.

According to a CNBC report, Elon Musk and his trust still hold well above 169 million shares in the electric vehicle maker.

In the week that followed the famous Elon Musk Twitter poll, Tesla shares fell by over 15%. On Wednesday, Tesla shares went up about 1%.

That week, a new electric car rival for Tesla, Rivian Automotive made its debut on the stock market and had its cap market value flying to $100 billion just on the first day of trading.

The Wall Street Journal calculates that Elon Musk’s financial movements have reduced his prospective tax bill by around $480 million. These financial movements back the world’s richest man’s public arguments with American lawmakers concerning tax policy.

Musk only recently announced that Tesla’s headquarters has been moved from Silicon Valley in California to Austin Texas. The billionaire has also almost cut all existing ties with California, as he put the last remaining mansion of his on the market last month.

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Jeff Bezoz Donates $100 Million to Obama Foundation

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Former President of the United States, Barack Obama’s foundation announced on Monday that it had received a donation to the tune of $100 million from Amazon founder Jeff Bezos. The foundation also mentioned that the contribution was the largest it had ever received from an individual.

The Obama Foundation released a statement, where it said that the donation received from Bezos will be used to assist in the expansion of the scope of programming which reaches leaders that will emerge in the United States as well as other countries around the world.

As reported by the Chicago Tribune, the donation was also said to be given in honour of John Lewis, the congressman and popular civil rights luminary who died last year. The foundation also stated that the donation from Bezos involved a request that the plaza at the Obama Presidential Centre which is under construction on the South Side of Chicago to be named after the late Lewis.

Valerie Jarrett, who is a former adviser to Obama and currently serves as the CEO of the foundation stated that the foundation was delighted with the idea of naming the plaza after Lewis.

Construction on the project – which is seen as Obama’s legacy project – is to be completed by 2025, and is estimated to cost about $830 million. The foundation has said that it’s currently giving any donors the chance to honour the names of those who have fought for a just, equitable world by naming public spaces in the under-construction presidential centre.

In the statement released by the foundation, Bezos said that freedom fighters are deserving of a special space in the “pantheon” of heroes, and John Lewis – whom he regarded as a great American man with an exceptional sense of decency and courage – was highly deserving of the gift.

Bezos also showed his support for the Obamas and their foundation, which aims to train and inspire leaders of tomorrow.

After he stepped down as the CEO of Amazon earlier this year, Bezos started to turn his attention towards Philanthropy. NYU Langone Health, a medical centre that has affiliations with New York University also announced on Monday that it had received a $166 million donation from Jeff Bezos and his family.

The centre said in a statement that the donation will be used to aid the health and “wellness” of diverse populations across the NYU Langone Hospital.

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Aliko Dangote Net Worth Surged $1.1B In A Day

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Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote added $1.1 billion to his net worth on the 9th of November 2021, pushing his current net worth to $20.2 billion. Data from the Bloomberg billionaire index revealed that Dangote’s net worth year-to-date has surged by $2.43 billion or 13.6 percent.

He’s currently ranked 96th on Bloomberg’s billionaire index.

Dangote is the major shareholder of Dangote cement, the biggest cement producing company in sub-Saharan Africa. It was reported that Dangote’s wealth is derived from his 86 percent equity stake in Dangote Cement.

A breakdown of his net worth revealed that he has $3.5 billion in cash. His cash holding is based on an analysis of dividends, taxes, insider transactions and other expenditures.

Dangote’s other publicly traded assets include stakes of $9.90 billion in Dangote Cement, $362 million in Dangote Sugar, $59.8 in NASCON Nigeria, and $297 thousand in United Bank For Africa.

His private assets span across $100 million in Free zone Land, $200 million in Lagos Real Estate, $575 million on OML 71 and 72, $5.15 billion on fertilizer plant, 302 million in Dangote industries companies and $45 Million in Private plane.

Aliko Dangote’s Biography

The richest man in Africa was born on the 4th of October, 1957 in Kano State, Nigeria. In 1977 he obtained a higher degree education at Al-Azhar University in Cairo where he studied business administration. He further bagged two doctorate degrees from Coventry University and the University of Ibadan.

Following his graduation from Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Dangote obtained a loan from his uncle to start his cement trading business. In 1981 he formed Dangote cement trading company which is now known as Dangote group.

He later diversified his operations to include trading sugar, flour, fish, rice, milk and iron. In 1999, Dangote shifted the company’s focus from trading to manufacturing, believing that it will be more profitable to create a local operation that would meet the consumer needs of Nigeria’s ever-growing population.

Dangote began building salt and sugar refineries, flour mills and a pasta factory in 1999, he expand his operations by buying Benue Cement Co. from the federal government of Nigeria. In 2003, he commissioned the largest cement facility in sub-Saharan Africa, Obajana Cement Plant located in Kogi state.

In 2010, Dangote Cement was listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange now Nigeria Exchange Group (NXG)

Today, Dangote Group’s main publicly traded businesses are Dangote Cement, Dangote Sugar, and Nascon Allied Industries, which make up about one-third of the market capitalization of the Nigerian Exchange Group.

The oil refinery currently under construction in Nigeria valued at $19 billion isn’t included in the valuation because operations are yet to commence.

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