Without a doubt the consequences of COVID-19, new pandemic coronavirus, are devastating. People, companies and businesses suffering all over the globe. What about famous business leaders and multinational corporations? Let’s see how did they respond on the COVID-19 pandemic
Bill Gates, with the help of The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is donating millions of dollars to aid vaccine and disease research.
Nike is donating $10 million in Oregon to help patients and stop the spread of coronavirus, and another $5 million to global efforts. Nike as well donated more than $1 million to China Youth Development Foundation in January providing supplies and equipment to treat COVID-19.
The Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich will pay salary for NHS workers to stay at the Stamford Bridge Millennium Hotel, which is around the corner from Westminster Hospital
Tech leader and Chinese billionaire Jack Ma helped to 54 African countries donating coronavirus test kits and prevention materials. Ma gave of a total of 1.1 million testing kits, six million masks, and 60,000 protective suits and face shields. Jack Ma will also be in charge of providing online training material for coronavirus clinical treatments. Ma has also donated coronavirus prevention supplies to the United States, Italy, and other countries in Asia and Latin America.
Fashion leader Giorgio Armani donated about $1.4 million to major hospitals in Milan and Rome, as well as to the Italian civil protection agency
Bernard Arnault is converting three of LVMH’s perfume factories to produce hand sanitizer instead. It will be distributed for free to French authorities and hospitals.
Steve Ballmer. The ex-Microsoft CEO’s philanthropic foundation has donated $1 million to community organizations in Los Angeles, including the county’s school district.
Italian prime-minister Silvio Berlusconi donated $10.9 million to Lombardy, destined for the new hospital in Milan.
Patrizio Bertelli, Miuccia Prada announced they had donated two intensive care and resuscitation units each to the Vittore Buzzi, Sacco and San Raffaele hospitals in Milan
Stephen Bisciotti donated donated $1 million to support four not-for-profit organizations in the Baltimore area, including the Maryland Food Bank.
Arthur Blank The owner of the Atlanta Falcons NFL team and the Atlanta United MLS team donating nearly $5.4 million for COVID-19 initiative to prevent the desease in Atlanta and Montana regions.
Michael Bloomberg has launched a $40 million in low- and middle-income countries to help to prevent the COVID-19 spread.
Mark Zuckerberg: His Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is working with the UC San Francisco and Stanford University to quadruple the Bay Area’s testing and diagnostics capacity — including purchasing two FDA-approved diagnostic machines. On March 17, Facebook announced a $100 million grant to aid small businesses impacted by COVID-19. They also committed to match $20 million in donations to the United Nations Foundation, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
We are in crisis but history teaches us that new opportunities are born from the deepest moments of it. Crisis has come to teach us to help each other, to unite our forces, and successful leaders are doing it by donating their fortune to prevent the COVID-19 spread.