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Not Many Billionaires Focused on Commercial Space

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Richard Branson and then-Gov. Bill Richardson. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

Forbes has released its annual list of the world’s billionaires. There are a record 1,426 individuals with an aggregate net worth of $5.4 trillion in the world. The table below shows the tiny handful of this group — nine individuals — who are currently or have been previously involved in space projects.

Rank Name Net Worth (Billions) Age Nationality Company/
Business
Space Project(s)

19

Jeff Bezos $25.2 49 American Amazon.com CEO, Founder Blue Origin

20

Larry Page $23.0 39 American Google CEO, Co-founder Google Lunar X Prize, Planetary Resources
21 Sergey Brin $22.8 39 American Google Co-founder Google Lunar X Prize
53 Paul Allen $15.0 60 American Microsoft Co-founder Stratolaunch, SpaceShipOne
SETI array
138 Eric Schmidt $8.2 57 American Google Chairman Google Lunar X Prize, Planetary Resources
272 Richard Branson $4.6 62 British Virgin Group CEO, Founder Virgin Galactic
527 Elon Musk $2.7 41 American PayPal, Tesla Motors, Solar City SpaceX
831 Guy Laliberte $1.8 53 Canadian Cirque du Soleil Space tourist
1031 H. Ross Perot, Jr. $1.4 54 American computer services, real estate Planetary Resources

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Golden Spike to Unveil Plans Next Thursday

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The mysterious Golden Spike Company — which is said to be planning a privately-funded landing on the moon by 2020 — will hold a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., next Thursday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. EST.

Despite the company’s attempt to operate in stealth mode, quite a lot seems to be known about its plans.

NASASpaceflight.com, which first broke the news, reports that “the effort is led by a group of high profile individuals from the aerospace industry and backed by some big money and foreign investors.”

A Tumblr account run by an anonymous writer is providing additional details apparently swiped from NASASpaceflight.com’s subscription-only L-2 website. According to the information:

  • Warren Buffet, Richard Branson and Guy Laliberte are reported to be among the investors.
  • The company has signed a $120 million deal for a Falcon Heavy rocket
  • Expeditions to be moon will cost about $2 billion apiece.

UPDATE: Parabolic Arc has learned from informed sources that Richard Branson is NOT involved in the company. Further, virtually all billionaires identified in the media as being investors are not involved. Full details will be available on Thursday.

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SpaceX’s Elon Musk Makes Debut on Forbes Billionaire’s List

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By Douglas Messier
Parabolic Arc Managing Editor

Elon Musk has made his first appearance on the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires. The 40-year-old entrepreneur has landed at 634 on the list with an estimated net worth of $2 billion.

Musk has developed the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon vehicle to send cargo and crew to the International Space Station. His company, SpaceX, has received money under NASA’s COTS  (for cargo) and CCDev (crew) programs. He is also reported to have invested up to $100 million of his own funds into SpaceX.

In addition to his involvement with SpaceX, Musk is a trustee of the X PRIZE Foundation, whose space competitions include the Ansari X Prize, the Google Lunar X Prize and the Northrup Grumman Lunar Lander Challenge.

The South African-born entrepreneur also runs two other companies, the electric car producer Tesla Motors and SolarCity, which provides solar energy systems.

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Brin, Bezos Top Forbes’ List of New Space Billionaire Backers

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Forbes has put out its list of the world’s 1,210 billionaires, a half dozen of whom have ties to the New Space community.

Rank Name Age Net Worth
(Billions)
Company Space Involvement
24 Sergey Brin 37 $19.8 Google Google Lunar X Prize, Prospective billionaut
24 Larry Page 37 $19.8 Google Google Lunar X Prize
30 Jeff Bezos 47 $18.1 Amazon Blue Origin
57 Paul Allen 58 $13.0 Microsoft SpaceShipOne, SETI telescope array
254 Richard Branson 60 $4.2 Virgin Group Virgin Galactic
459 Guy Laliberte 51 $2.5 Cirque du Soleil Billionaut visitor to ISS

All six billionaires are males from North America and Britain with a combined net worth of $77.4 billion. The most prominent of them — Richard Branson — has the second lowest net worth of the group. His company, Virgin Galactic, is undertaking the most expensive New Space project to date at a cost of more than $400 million.

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World’s First Space Clown Reaps Public Relations Bonanza

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Space clown drew more news coverage than Afghan mission
CBC News

Canada’s first space clown can brag that his recent trip to the cosmos generated at least 23 times more international news coverage this year than the country’s mission in Afghanistan.

The figure comes from a media research group hired by Guy Laliberté, the Cirque du Soleil founder who recently became Canada’s first space tourist.

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Queen Liz Says: Laliberte Got Rooked

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"We are not amused."

The extremely wealthy Queen of England thinks that orbital space travel is a too pricey these days:

The Queen told former prime minister Jean Chretien she found the price tag for billionaire clown Guy Laliberte’s recent extra-terrestrial adventure to be excessive.

“She said she would not have done it and she found the price a bit expensive,” Chretien said Tuesday, shortly after being awarded the Order of Merit by the Queen during a private ceremony at Buckingham Palace.

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Laliberte to Receive Dennis Tito Award

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“Who would not be thrilled at the news that the founder of Cirque du Soleil would be honored by an award you were involved in creating?” commented Eileen Borgeson. Artist Eileen Borgeson and holographer Jeff Allen collaborated to design the Dennis Tito Award for the heroic space tourists who train as astronauts and then return from a visit to the International Space Station (ISS).

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Laliberte: Space Travel is Great

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Guy Laliberté recalls ‘amazing ride’ in space
Vancouver Sun

Canadian billionaire space tourist Guy Laliberté spoke with wonder Tuesday about his two-week voyage in space, calling his experience an amazing ride while admitting he had on occasion felt queasy.

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Laliberte Eager to Assess Impact of Global Show

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Surrounded by medical personnel, seated from left to right are spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte, Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Michael Barratt.They had landed minutes before at 12:32 a.m. EDT aboard the Soyuz capsule near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009.

Surrounded by medical personnel, seated from left to right are spaceflight participant Guy Laliberte, Expedition 20 Commander Gennady Padalka and Expedition 20 Flight Engineer Michael Barratt.They had landed minutes before at 12:32 a.m. EDT aboard the Soyuz capsule near the town of Arkalyk, Kazakhstan, on Sunday, Oct. 11, 2009.

Guy Laliberte will assess global impact of his two-hour space extravaganza
The Canadian Press

Back from his trip in space, Circus magnate Guy Laliberte said Sunday he’ll soon be ready to follow up on the outcome of the two-hour extravaganza of poetry, science and dance that he orchestrated from orbit.

“As you know, I was on a personal mission which was to create an event to talk about the situation of water in the world,” he said in an interview broadcast Sunday on NASA TV.

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NASA to Rebroadcast Guy Laliberte’s Poetic Social Mission

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Guy Laliberte (first row, far right) aboard the International Space Station.

Guy Laliberte (first row, far right) aboard the International Space Station.

NASA Television will rebroadcast the Oct. 9 global event International Space Station resident Guy Laliberte designed to raise awareness about the need for clean water. Laliberte, who founded Cirque du Soleil, hosts the event from aboard the station.

The re-broadcasts of “Moving Stars and Earth for Water” will occurr on Oct. 11 and 12. The schedule is:

Sunday, October 11 – 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. EDT
Monday, October 12 – 1 p.m. and 9 p.m. EDT

For NASA TV streaming video, schedule and downlink information, visit:

http://www.nasa.gov/ntv

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