As of today, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is now worth a huge $131 billion USD according to Forbes. In an interview with Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner, published by Business Insider on Saturday, he has opened up about how he is spending his fortunes – and his next venture is getting to outer-space.
Bezos who is the founder of space company, Blue Origin, is looking at completing space travel. “The only way that I can see to deploy this much financial resource is by converting my Amazon winnings into space travel. That is basically it.”
“Blue Origin is expensive enough to be able to use that fortune,” he says. “I am currently liquidating about $1 billion a year of Amazon stock to fund Blue Origin. And I plan to continue to do that for a long time. Because you’re right, you’re not going to spend it on a second dinner out.”
On Sunday, Blue Origin launched its new Shepard Rocket from its facility in Texas making it the company’s first flight for 2018. It’s reported that the company is looking at sending people to space as early as this year, but CEO Bob Smith says that will only happen when it is completely sure the travel will be safe.
The expedition was posted on Bezos’ Twitter and Instagram, promoting it as a successful mission.
“I am very lucky that I feel like I have a mission-driven purpose with Blue Origin that is, I think, incredibly important for civilisation long-term. And I am going to use my financial lottery winnings from Amazon to fund that,” Bezos says. Other than funding Blue Origin, the CEO went into detail about how he uses his riches for personal pleasures, including a family trip.
“We went to Norway for three days and we stayed in an ice hotel. We went dog sledding. We went to a wolf preserve and actually got to interact with timber wolves. It really was an incredible vacation, a pretty incredible holiday,” says Bezos. “We got it all done in three and a half days. It was amazing.”
Dog sledding above the Arctic Circle in northern Norway. Apollo astronaut Jim Lovell says it’s not that you go to heaven when you die, but “you go to heaven when you’re born.” Earth is the best planet in our solar system – by far. We go to space to save the Earth. @BlueOrigin #NoPlanB #GradatimFerociter #EarthDay
To top off his worldly contributions, Bezos has also made it a point to take a philanthropist strategy, looking to donate to charity. Last year, he took to Twitter to ask for suggestions of charities that could use his help. “I am going to end up doing a mixture of things,” Bezos tells Döpfner of his philanthropy, “I’m finding I am very motivated by the here and now.”
Request for ideas… pic.twitter.com/j6D68mhseL
— Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) June 15, 2017
Cover Image: Instagram @jeffbezos