Qantas CEO Alan Joyce just donated $1 million to the YES campaign for marriage equality in Australia.
That amounts to 4% of his latest annual income, reportedly $25 million last year alone, including salary and bonuses.
Nonetheless, Mr. Joyce himself describes it as a ‘significant’ cash donation.
It is the largest individual contribution to the YES campaign so far.
Alan Joyce announced his intention to personally back the YES campaign last month.
“I am proud of the fact I’m an Australian citizen. Where else in the world would an openly gay Irish man become the CEO of one of the biggest brands and most iconic brands?
“I will personally donate a significant amount of money to the campaign because I am passionate about it.
“I will spend as much time as the campaign wants me to speak about this.”
Qantas CEO Alan Joyce also urged others to do the same.
“There are 1300 companies that have published their logo to support marriage equality including all the banks, all the airlines and I believe that those companies should go out there and support it.
“They have given their logos and support to that campaign before and I have no doubt a large element of the business community will be out there supporting this campaign.”
Mr. Joyce has come under attack for using Qantas to push for change. Earlier this year, a protester pushed a pie into his face because of the support for same-sex marriage by Qantas.
Other business leaders also came out in support of same-sex marriage!
They include Australia’s richest man Anthony Pratt and AGL Energy chief executive Andy Vesey.
Major corporations also support the change including Telstra, Optus, ANZ and Holden.
Most confirmed to News Corp last month that they publicly backed same-sex marriage.
However, they also said they would not actively campaign ahead of the postal survey or provide financial support to either side.
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