The New York Instances and different shops report that tech billionaire Jeff T. Inexperienced, the richest particular person in Utah with a net worth of just about $5 billion, not too long ago despatched an open letter to Russell Nelson, president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The substance of that letter? His absolute resignation and departure from the church, owing to church actions that he says have “hindered international progress in ladies’s rights, civil rights and racial equality, and LGBTQ+ rights,” per the letter itself.
Inexperienced additionally criticizes LDS for having “greater than $100 billion in belongings” however “not doing extra to assist the world and its members.” The letter went on, with even harsher criticisms:
“The church has exploited its members and their want for hope to construct temples, construct procuring malls, and cattle ranches … somewhat than assuaging human struggling in or out of the church.”
Inexperienced had reportedly left the Mormon Church a few decade in the past, however this letter serves as a proper request for all documented ties to be fully severed between the church, and Inexperienced himself, in addition to 11 members of his household:
“Though I’ve deep love for a lot of Mormons and gratitude for a lot of issues which have come into my life by way of Mormonism, I’ve not thought-about myself a member for a few years and I might wish to clarify to you and others that I’m not a member.”
Inexperienced additionally pledges to donate $600,000 to Equality Utah, the most important LGBTQ group in Utah, with almost half of these funds going in direction of a scholarship program for LGBTQ college students within the state, together with these presently enrolled on the Mormon-affiliated Brigham Younger College. However that is a drop within the bucket in comparison with his beforehand said intention to provide away a minimum of 90 p.c of his net worth earlier than he dies.
Jeff Inexperienced earned his $5 billion fortune within the web promoting business. He’s the Chairman and CEO of The Commerce Des, a publicly traded digital advert platform that boasts a $45 billion market cap.