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Zuckerberg donates $25M to fight Ebola, buys a ‘chunk’ of Hawaii for $100M

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Mark Zuckerberg gives $25 million to fight #Ebola http://t.co/5jZe1kPBQI #ksdk

— KSDK NewsChannel 5 (@ksdknews) October 14, 2014

But is this really “leadership” or “crucial” to the fight against Ebola? He did just drop a whole lot more cash on this:

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg buys chunk of Hawaii island for a casual $100million http://t.co/7oLqaSYce9 pic.twitter.com/eV52Nhx0Al

— IndyPeople (@TheIndyPeople) October 14, 2014

As the CDC Foundation, the beneficiary of Zukerberg’s charity, is a non-profit, some are raising questions of taxes and write-offs for the young billionaire:

@JohnKerry @facebook @CDCgov So Zuckerberg agreed to raise taxes on his non-wage income in order to fund govt response? If so, excellent!

— Kayaker 007 (@kayaker007) October 14, 2014

@stevesilberman if zuckerberg paid any taxes , maybe the CDC would have been funded in the first place

— ryan onstott (@fmhueffer) October 14, 2014

Oh well. It’s his money, he can do with it what he pleases, but might we suggest that he open an Ebola sanctuary on his Hawaiian island?

Here’s Zuckerberg announcement, via Facebook:

Priscilla and I are donating $25 million to the Centers for Disease Control Foundation to help fight Ebola.

The Ebola epidemic is at a critical turning point. It has infected 8,400 people so far, but it is spreading very quickly and projections suggest it could infect 1 million people or more over the next several months if not addressed.

We need to get Ebola under control in the near term so that it doesn’t spread further and become a long term global health crisis that we end up fighting for decades at large scale, like HIV or polio.

We believe our grant is the quickest way to empower the CDC and the experts in this field to prevent this outcome.

Grants like this directly help the frontline responders in their heroic work. These people are on the ground setting up care centers, training local staff, identifying Ebola cases and much more.

We are hopeful this will help save lives and get this outbreak under control.

To learn more about the fight against Ebola:http://www.cdcfoundation.org/ebola-outbreak

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