Why space? Battle of billionaires Bezos, Branson and Musk

Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk

From left, Richard Branson, Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk. 

(Associated Press (left and center) | Los Angeles Times (right))

Tuesday's announcement by Jeff Bezos, founder of 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.

Net worth*:

Bezos: $46.6 billion

Branson: $5 billion

Musk: $13.4 billion



Bezos: 51

Branson: 65

Musk: 44



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)


Main businesses:

Bezos: chief executive of; 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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