Tuesday's announcement by Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon.com Inc., that his private aerospace company, Blue Origin, will be launching from Cape Canaveral drew comparisons with the space-travel oriented plans of fellow billionaires Elon Musk, who runs Space Exploration Technologies Corp., or SpaceX, in Hawthorne, and Britain's Richard Branson, who co-founded Virgin Galactic.
Here's a look at the three entrepreneurs.
Bezos: $46.6 billion
Branson: $5 billion
Musk: $13.4 billion
Bezos: Married with four children
Branson: Married twice with two children
Musk: Married twice with five children
Bezos: "The Everything Store: Jeff Bezos and the Age of Amazon" by Brad Stone (384 pages)
Branson: "Branson" by Tom Bower (416 pages)
Musk: "Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future" by Ashlee Vance (400 pages)
Bezos: chief executive of Amazon.com; founder of Blue Origin; owner of the Washington Post
Branson: founder of Virgin Group Ltd.
Musk: co-founder of PayPal Inc.; chief executive of SpaceX; chief executive of Tesla Motors Inc.; chairman of SolarCity Corp.
Bezos: "Our ultimate vision is millions of people living and working in space. We have a long way to go," in Bloomberg.
Branson: "What's great fun is just dreaming up ideas and asking the engineers, 'Do you think this will be possible,'" in the Wall Street Journal.
Musk: "Ultimately, the thing that is super important in the grand scale of history is—are we on a path to becoming a multi-planet species or not? If we’re not, that’s not a very bright future," in PC Magazine.
*According to Forbes Magazine
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