Jeff Bezos announces $2 billion fund to build preschools, help homeless families

Jeff Bezos of Amazon speaks at the Bush Centers Forum on Leadership in Dallas

The irony here is that Amazon itself is hypersensitive to media criticism, with The Times' science correspondent Tom Whipple famously saying: "Amazon have the most unpleasant press office in journalism".

The staggering fortunes of the likes of Bezos, Gates and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have created a second Gilded Age in the USA and "a new generation of megagivers", Callahan said.

Within this, the "Day 1 Families Fund" will support existing non-profit organizations that offer shelter and food to young homeless families.

He also operates the private space exploration firm Blue Origin and owns The Washington Post newspaper.

Bezos' relative silence was a stark contrast to peers like Bill Gates and Warren Buffett who have given away tens of billions. "Jeff Bezos is our enemy, he is our enemy", Sawant said before the council voted.

Trump in the spring repeatedly said without evidence that package deliveries by the U.S. Postal Service for Amazon were costing the service money.

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Washington's reticence let Russian President Vladimir Putin assert the Kremlin's influence over the conflict. He streamlined the US mission there, focusing primarily on the defeat of the Islamic State.

He said the cash will also provide funding to launch and operate "a network of high-quality, full-scholarship" pre-schools in "underserved communities". Zuckerberg's shares in the social network are now valued at about US$61 billion.

The Amazon chief's wealth has become problematic for some. "If you're the president of the United States or a governor of a state or whatever, you don't take that job thinking you're not going to get scrutinized". "It is unsafe to demonize the media". It's unsafe to call the media low-lifes. "It's unsafe to say they're the 'enemy of the people'".

Amazon's sheer size and market dominance has made it a favored corporate target of politicians on the left and right, who have criticized the company over the way it treats its workers and pays taxes, as well as its impact on the broader economy as some traditional retailers struggle. "But we're going to make a final pitch".

Jeff Bezos' donation of $2 billion to his newly announced charitable fund clearly isn't chump change.

I want to close be thanking everyone who sent me suggestions, and for the inspiring examples of innovation I see every day, large and small.

Many Twitter users agreed with that reasoning. "If billionaires like Bezos were properly taxed then we wouldn't need billionaires like Bezos to sweep in and "rescue" people failed by our underfunded systems," one wrote.

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