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After space trip, Jeff Bezos announces $100 million 'Courage and Civility' award

Jul 21, 2021 14:29 IST | By Editorji News Desk

Amazon CEO and billionaire Jeff Bezos announced a $100 million "Courage and Civility" award on Tuesday, after his return to the planet. Bezos flew into space on his company Blue Origin's New Shepard spacecraft, marking a historic moment in space travel.

The first two "Courage and Civility" awards have been conferred on American political commentator Van Jones and celebrity chef José Andrés. Each of the award winners will receive a sum of $100 million.

Addressing a press conference to mark the success of his company Blue Origin's first passenger spaceflight, Jeff Bezos said both recipients could donate the award money, if they wanted, either to one non-profit or split it among many.

Spanish chef José Andrés is hailed as a leading humanitarian globally. The 52 year old is a New York Times bestselling author and a TV celebrity, and is perhaps best known as the brains behind World Central Kitchen, a non-profit he founded in 2010.

The World Central Kitchen works in collaboration with relief agencies across the globe to provide meals to victims of natural disasters. José Andrés was named one of TIME Magazine's 100 most influential people for a second time in 2018.

The other recipient of the 'Courage and Civility' award is Van Jones. A highly respected TV host and author, 52 year old Jones hosts the Van Jones Show and The Redemption Project on CNN. Jones is also a three-time New York Times bestselling author and served as Special Advisor to the then US president Barack Obama in 2009.

Hailed as a criminal justice reformer, Jones founded a number of non-profits, the most significant of them being The Dream Corps. The Dream Corps is an incubator that supports powerful ideas and innovations to "uplift and empower the most vulnerable" in society.

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