After his historic area flight, billionaire Jeff Bezos determined to present a few his associates $100 million. And a kind of fortunate associates was Van Jones.
Bezos gave $100 million every to CNN political commentator Jones and chef José Andrés with no stipulations.
“They can provide all of it to their very own charity,” Bezos mentioned at a press convention after his journey to area. “Or they will share the wealth. It’s as much as them.”
The magnanimous award was given to those that demonstrated braveness.
“We’d like unifiers and never vilifiers,” Bezos mentioned. “We’d like individuals who argue laborious and act laborious for what they consider. However they try this all the time with civility and by no means advert hominem assaults. Sadly, we stay in a world the place that is too usually not the case. However we do have position fashions.”
Jones is a recurring political commentator on CNN who made headlines for crying in 2016 when Donald Trump received the White Home and in addition in 2020 when Joe Biden was elected as president. In between, he rubbed elbows with and helped Donald Trump formulate a police reform invoice.
Apart from that listing of credit, he’s additionally a co-founder of Dream Corps. Based on its web site, Dream Corps is a bipartisan group that works towards police reform. Dream Corps additionally has a tech arm and inexperienced divisions.
“Lauren [Bezos’ partner] and Jeff don’t do nothing small, man, they don’t do something small, they only don’t do it. They dream massive, they love massive, they usually guess massive. And also you guess on me, and I respect it,” Jones mentioned.
Bezos additionally gave chef Jose Andrés the identical quantity. The presents had been referred to as Braveness and Civility Awards.
Chatting with CNN colleague Anderson Cooper, Jones mentioned that Bezos had referred to as him and instructed him of his plan forward of time. He mentioned that Bezos needed to assist his efforts to convey folks collectively regardless of political affiliation and race.
There is no such thing as a phrase but on how Jones plans to make use of the cash, however he did say the cash is for him to provide to others with an identical spirit.