The most solidarian men
Coronavirus has folded the world. In order to use all possible means to stem the pandemic, many famous people and successful entrepreneurs took the field.
As coronavirus has reached nearly every corner of the world, some of the richest on the planet are contributing to global efforts to combat the Covid-19 doing what they can for the economy.
Technology moguls, like Bill Gates, are donating millions of dollars to help research vaccines and diseases. Many sports team owners, including Mark Cuban. Others, like Tesla’s Elon Musk, seem far less concerned about the epidemic or, like Richard Branson, are asking their employees to take on a big financial burden.
Silvio Berlusconi, the three-time Italian prime minister and current European parliamentarian has donated $ 10.9 millions to the Lombardy region, destined for the new hospital to be built in the former Fiera Milano exhibition center in the Lombard capital.
Arthur Blank, the owners of the Nfl Atlanta Falcons team and the Mls Atlanta United club will compensate employees of the Mercedes-Benz stadium, although no specific plan has been announced. The Blank foundation is also donating nearly $ 5.4 millions for efforts against Covid-19 in Atlanta and Montana.
Bill Gates, microsoft co-founder announced on February 5 that the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation would pledge $ 100 millions to help Covid-19’s global takeover, isolation and treatment. More than half will go to vaccine development, therapy and diagnostics. He also called for a national location system for coronaviruses in the United States.
Jack Ma, Alibaba’s co-founder promised $ 14 millions to help develop a Covid-19 vaccine. On March 13, he announced that he will also donate 500,000 test kits and 1 million masks to the United States, with the first shipment leaving Shanghai on March 15.
Mark Zuckerberg, his Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is working with UC San Francisco and Stanford University to quadruple the Bay Area’s test and diagnostic capability, including the purchase of two FDA-approved diagnostic machines. On March 17, Facebook announced a $ 100 millions grant to help small businesses affected by Covid-19. The social media giant has also pledged to donate $ 20 millions to the United Nations Foundation, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the US Centers for Disease Control.
By: Domenico Greco