The Silicon Valley technocrats are at it again. This time, they’re trying to colonize space, by sending robot space probes to “seed” habitable worlds.
Now the billionaires want to create a private corporate-funded colony on Mars or other planets in our solar system.
They aim for 1 billion people living on Earth by 2100, with the first trillionaire at their head leading them all.
The entrepreneurs make their plans public to inspire all of us that there is no limit to what man can accomplish once his mind is focused and he gets others behind him.
They intend to do this by establishing a for-profit corporation.
The details of the project are still being worked out, but it will be modeled on the European voyages of discovery from the 15th century and America’s westward expansion in the 19th century.
Here are some points about tech billionaires who want to colonize space-
1. Elon Musk:
Elon Musk (Born June 28, 1971) is a South African-born American engineer, businessman and inventor. He is the founder, CEO and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO and product architect of Tesla Motors.
Co-founder and chairman of SolarCity; co-chairman of OpenAI; founder of Zip2; and the co-founder of PayPal. As of February 2018, he has an estimated net worth of $20.7 billion, making him the 83rd wealthiest person in the world.
2. Larry Page:
Lawrence “Larry” Page (Born March 26, 1973) is an American business magnate and Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin.
He is the inventor of PageRank, Google’s best-known search ranking algorithm. He also invented Google AdSense, which uses targeted advertising, and Google Maps, which has become part of Apple’s iOS operating system .
As of February 2018, he is the 12th richest person in the world with a net worth of $52.4 billion.
3. Richard Branson:
Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (Born 18 July 1950) is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is the chairman and chief executive of the Virgin Group (once known as Virgin Records) which owns over 400 companies.
He is also the chairman of Virgin Galactic , an airline and spaceline that intends to fly passengers into suborbital space.
As of February 2018, he is the 34th richest person in the world with a net worth of $5 billion.
4. Peter Thiel:
Peter Alan Thiel (Born February 28, 1967) is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, politician and investor. He is the co-founder of PayPal, Clarium Capital Management , Palantir Technologies, Mithril Capital Management , Government Relations, Inc., Mithril Capital Inc. and Valar Ventures .
He is a founder and former managing director of The Founders Fund. He was ranked No. 4 on the Forbes Midas List of 2014, with a net worth of US$2.2 billion.
In 2016, Thiel was named 20th on the Forbes list of 100 people who changed the world.
5. Kosta Grammatis:
Kosta Grammatis (Born 15 April 1979) is a Greek-American billionaire heir to the Jim Beam fortune and co-founder and CEO of Sling Media .
As of February 2018, he has an estimated net worth of $1 billion.
6. Robert Bigelow:
Robert Bigelow (Born October 25, 1945) is an American entrepreneur, founder of Bigelow Aerospace , hotel chain magnate and real estate investor.
He is also the founder of the commercial space venture that intends to create a commercial space station called Alpha Station. In 2013, he was listed on the Forbes 400 as the 290th richest person in America with a net worth of $1.5 billion.
As of February 2017, his net worth is $2 billion.
7. Jeff Bezos:
Jeff Bezos (Born 12 January 1964) is an American technology and retail entrepreneur and investor who has been CEO of Amazon since founding it in 1994.
He was named in 1994 as the wealthiest person in the world under the age of 40.
In 2014, he became the richest man in modern history. Bezos’ father was an immigrant from Ukraine who sold women’s shoes to raise money for his family’s emigration to America.
8. Charles Simonyi:
Charles Simonyi (Born 23 May 1956) is a Hungarian-American computer scientist and writer, who co-founded Microsoft Office, where he served as a senior vice president and chief architect for 12 years.
In April 2014, he was named as the wealthiest man in technology under the age of 40 with a net worth of US$8.2 billion. As of February 2018, he has a net worth of $11.2 billion.
9. Thomas Safran:
Thomas Safran (Born 28 January 1966) is an American businessman and entrepreneur who became well known during Microsoft’s troubled transition from a software company to a software-based company after Bill Gates lost control of his majority stake in the company in 2000.