Amazon's $690K donation to Australian fire relief draws criticism
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Amazon’s announcement that it would donate about $690,000 to Australian wildfire relief was mocked online by critics who said the company and its billionaire CEO should contribute more.

Amazon CEO Jeff BezosJeffrey (Jeff) Preston BezosJeff Bezos gives 0M to Feeding America amid coronavirus pandemic Fired Amazon striker demands Bezos protect workers in open letter Hillicon Valley: Coronavirus deal includes funds for mail-in voting | Twitter pulled into fight over virus disinformation | State AGs target price gouging | Apple to donate 10M masks MORE said Sunday the tech giant would donate $1 million Australian dollars, which is about $690,000 (USD), in an Instagram post.

“Our hearts go out to all Australians as they cope with these devastating bushfires,” he said in the announcement.


Bezos's personal net worth is estimated at more than $100 billion.

Many of the critical comments on Instagram were directed toward Bezos, saying he should have donated more, but others thanked Bezos, arguing any donation will help Australia recover from the devastating fires that have killed more than two dozen people, destroyed thousands of homes and ravaged Australia’s wildlife habitat.

Others tweeted criticism of the size of Bezos's donation in relation to the amount of his personal wealth.

An official for Amazon was not immediately available for comment.