Elon Musk is one of my personal heroes. He is a self-made man (if there is such a thing) becoming a multi-millonaire when he sold Paypal that he co-founded. Instead of spending the $165m he earned on booze, yachts, cars and what have you, he invested $100m in SpaceX, a commerical space company; He invested another $70m in Tesla Motors, a company manufacturing electric cars, currently the biggest ‘fuck you’ to the conservative gas guzzling industry around. SpaceX has recently been awarded a $1.6b contract from NASA, Tesla Motors though it sales skyrocketed this year only now starts to make a profit. Musk invested in both companies out of sheer idealism, convinced that technology can help shape a better tomorrow. He is not only a philantropist but also a visionary; SpaceX was founded “with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.” Some may find this farfetched’ or pointless, why not spend his fortunes on more pressing matters, to which Muskresponds:
‘I think there is a strong humanitarian argument for making life multi-planetary, in order to safeguard the existence of humanity in the event that something catastrophic were to happen, in which case being poor or having a disease would be irrelevant, because humanity would be extinct.