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Jeff Bezos Donated $100 Million To Chef José Andrés

Delish logo Delish 4 days ago Ni'Kesia Pannell
Jose Andres wearing a blue hat © Joe Raedle - Getty Images

Here's some news you don't hear every day: Jeff Bezos—the billionaire Amazon founder and former CEO who just blasted into space earlier this week—spent his return down to Earth passing out millions of dollars.

Though Bezos is the one who cited his trip to space as the "best day ever" once he re-emerged from his capsule, celebrated chef José Andrés might be able to argue the same for himself as he was the recipient of a $100 million donation. Honored with being the first of two to receive the Courage and Civility Award, one of the big perks for the World Central Kitchen founder that came along with the title was that astounding amount of money donated by none other than Jeff Bezos himself.

According to the Washington Post, Bezos prefaced the donation by letting the audience know that "unifiers and not vilifiers" are what's needed in the world today and then went on to say that the world is in desperate need of those who "argue hard and act hard for what they truly believe, but always with civility and never ad hominem attacks."

Andrés—who revealed that World Central Kitchen would like to use the funds to "double food aid" around the world—sees the amount of money as a way to start a new chapter: "It will allow us to think beyond the next hurricane to the bigger challenges we face. People of the world: Now is the time to think really big, to solve hunger with the fierce urgency of now," Andrés said, per The Hill.

Along with Andrés, Van Jones, CNN commentator and founder of the non-profit Dream Corps, was also a recipient of a $100 million prize from Bezos. Both founders were told the extensive amount of money can be used to build up their own organizations or—if feeling charitable themselves—they could also "share the wealth" with other nonprofit groups in need.

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