Bezos unveils $100 million awards to Van Jones and José Andrés
Jeff Bezos awarded CNN commentator Van Jones and chef José Andrés $100 million each on Tuesday as part of a new initiative called the "courage and civility award."
Driving the news: Jones and Andrés will be able to give the award money to a charity of their choice, Bezos said during a press conference to commemorate Blue Origin's trip to space. The Amazon founder suggested he could hand out more awards in the future.
- "It's easy to be courageous, but also mean. Try being courageous and civil. Try being courageous and a unifier. That's harder and way better [and] it makes the world better," Bezos said while announcing the award.
Catch up quick: Jones is a CNN commentator and criminal justice system reform advocate. Andrés, a celebrated chef, is the founder of World Central Kitchen.
What they're saying: "You take people on frontlines and their wisdom and their genius and their creativity, and you give them a shot," Jones said.
- "They're not just gonna turn around neighborhoods, they're gonna turn around in this nation. That's what's going to happen, and I appreciate you for lifting the ceiling off of people's dreams."
- "This award itself cannot feed the world on its own. But this is the start of a new chapter for us," Andrés said.
Editor’s note: This post has been updated to correct a quote by Jose Andrés.