What's Greta Thunberg's net worth, wonder people after teen activist donates $100k towards coronavirus fight
She made the donation of the prize money she received from a Danish foundation called Human Act towards UNICEF's COVID-19 work
Teen climate change activist Greta Thunberg, who was named one of the 100 most influential people last year by Time magazine, recently donated $100,000 in prize money to help UNICEF fight coronavirus, making her fans curious about her net worth.
In its announcement, the UN children's fund quoted the 17-year-old activist from Sweden saying: "Like the climate crisis, the coronavirus pandemic is a child rights crisis. It will affect all children, now and in the long term, but vulnerable groups will be impacted the most. I'm asking everyone to step up and join me in support of UNICEF's vital work to save children's lives, to protect health and continue education."
She made the donation of the prize money she received from a Danish foundation called Human Act, For her 'worldwide activism.' The NGO matched her donation, separately making an additional donation of $100,000.
Thunberg donated her funds through her non-profit organization, the Greta Thunberg Foundation, which she established in February. Her move made her followers curious about the kind of money that she made through her activism and how much she might be worth.
Her fight against climate change gained prominence back in 2018 when a 15-year-old Thunberg held a one-woman protest outside the Swedish parliament after skipping school. She held a sign that read 'Skolstrejk för klimatet (School strike for the climate)' with the goal of convincing the government to take action against global warming. Her protest inspired many other students like her to go on similar protests across the globe.
She was invited to address the United National Climate Change Conference on December 4, 2018, where she urged world leaders to act swiftly to get out of the existential crisis that faced planet earth if climate change continued at the pace it is progressing now. This was followed by an impassionate speech delivered by Thunberg on September 23, 2019, at the UN Climate Action Summit held in New York City.
"This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back in school on the other side of the ocean. Yet you all come to us young people for hope? How dare you! You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words. And yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering. People are dying. Entire ecosystems are collapsing. We are in the beginning of a mass extinction. And all you can talk about is money and fairytales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!" Thunberg said, clips of which broke the internet.
She became a viral sensation overnight with memes and GIFs being circulated online.
Despite the interest surrounding her, Thunberg's net worth has never been officially revealed. Although a site called Idol Persona estimates her net worth to be around $1 million, it is far from being an exact figure.
It is speculated that Thunberg has had a relatively privileged upbringing, with her father Svante Thunberg being an actor and her mother Malena Ernman being an opera singer. Also, Thunberg's notable presence on social media, which includes 4.1 million followers on Twitter and 10.2 million Instagram followers, might allow her to receive some kind of ad revenue money, but this is again based on speculation.
Last year, a magazine called 'People With Money' began circulating a digital cover with her face online, with the claim that she was one of the highest-paid activists on earth, but it was later revealed that the outlet was a parody site, HITC reported.