‘This is hardly a philanthropic move!’ BetterUp and Harry are a ‘marriage made in Wall Street heaven.’
A pundit claims that Prince Harry and BetterUp, a Silicon Valley start-up, were termed a “match made in Wall Street heaven” after the Duke of Sussex landed a job with the company.
Since 2016, when he, Prince William, and Kate, Duchess of Cambridge initiated a nationwide campaign dubbed “Heads Together,” Harry has been an outspoken supporter for reducing the stigma around mental health. When Charles confessed in 2017 that he had grappled with his personal grief after Princess Diana’s death and was getting counseling, he made significant gains in breaking down the stiff upper lip. Even though he is no longer a member of the Royal Family, the Duke of Sussex has made it plain that mental health is one of his key priorities.
He recently co-hosted the docuseries ‘The Me You Can’t See’ with Oprah Winfrey on Apple TV+, in which he — along with a number of other celebrities — addressed their internal difficulties in an effort to advance the mental health debate.
However, the Duke has also accepted a position as Chief Impact Officer with BetterUp, a Silicon Valley firm, provoking a flurry of critical speculation as to why the royal selected such a job.
“The Duke is not doing this out of the goodness of his heart; this is not a philanthropic endeavor, else they would have told us,” royal writer Daniela Elser alleged.
When the Duke’s new employment was announced, the company’s CEO, Alexi Robichaux, declined to say what Harry’s compensation would be, only saying that the royal would join the executive team as a “officer of the organization.”
BetterUp, on the other hand, is valued at £1.2 billion and has received £217 million from venture investors, implying that it has the cash to pay a world-famous figure like Harry generously.
“Whether he’s collecting a pay check, investing his own new riches in the company, or being handed shares in the start-up, it seems quite doubtful Harry is doing this out of the goodness of his heart,” Ms Elser continued.
“No amount of flummery of PR language or West Coast pep can entirely mask the fact that this is not a decision driven by a pure altruistic bent,” she continued.
BetterUp has a diverse set of business clients, including Hilton Hotels, Chevron, and Salesforce, a multinational energy conglomerate.
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