(Bloomberg) — Jeff Bezos wants to make space travel as activating and ambitious as the internet.

“The price of acceptance to space is very high,” Bezos said Saturday night in New York, accepting the Buzz Aldrin Space Analysis Award at the Campaign Club Annual Dinner. “I’m in the action of converting my Amazon action accomplishment into a much lower price of acceptance so we can go analyze the solar system.”

Bezos previously said he’s allotment rocket aggregation Blue Origin LLC to the tune of $1 billion a year through the sale of Amazon stock. His comments at the event advance that may be only the start of his banking charge to the project, which is developing reusable rockets. His net worth is $131 billion, with $125 billion of that in Amazon stock — and that “keeps on going up,” his mom, Jackie Bezos, said during the cocktail hour. His affluence has grown more than any other on the Bloomberg Billionaires Index this year.


The Amazon chief controlling administrator wasn’t the only billionaire at the glitzy event at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. West Coast automated real estate tycoon Ed Roski and Frederik Paulsen, a Swedish biologic titan and pole explorer, perused the tarantula, cockroach and broiled iguana appetizers amid 1,200 guests including James Lovell, the first person to adventure twice to the moon, on Apollo 8 and Apollo 13.

Ocean Voyage

Bezos later beneath to analyze just how much of his affluence he’ll spend on space travel. But Paulsen, at the next table, said Bezos could spend it all, “if he leaves enough to take care of his mother.”

Bezos is absolutely not abrogation mom behind. She said she’s going into space. She’s already been on an ocean voyage to balance F-1 rocket engines, a trip where the crew made apartment for her, as Bezos anecdotal from the stage.

“When we first boarded the ship, the Norwegian captain, a very nice guy, he went to me and said ‘Mr. Bezos, I’ve taken the liberty, because your mother’s on board — we’ve never had a woman on board before — of removing all the chicanery from the common areas. I hope that’s OK with you.’ I said ‘Yeah, it’s fine, it’s good, thank you.’”

To be sure, plenty of great women campaign have made out pretty well in a male-dominated world. The black accustomed Edith Widder, an expert on bioluminescence who joined billionaire hedge-fund architect Ray Dalio on a dive to the bottom of the ocean. They ate sushi in his posh submersibles with surround-sound stereos that played Jack Johnson, Widder recalled.

Fix Potholes

Widder said she’d rather see Bezos’s money go into ocean analysis than space. James Watson, who co-discovered the anatomy of DNA, brash Bezos to spend just a division of his affluence on space exploration, so he can take care of this planet’s needs. “We’ve got to fix the potholes,” Watson said. And the winners of the New Charlatan Award, Gino Caspari and Trevor Wallace, said they’re attractive for “one-and-a-half or two million” to complete the accretion and canning of artifacts from a tomb in south Siberia.

Bezos loves Earth, too. “We have sent a lot of probes to every planet in this solar system. Accept me, this is the best one,” he said. “The world that we live on is an complete gem.”

The idea of space as a backup if Earth is destroyed is “unmotivating,” he said.

“I want a world for my grandchildren’s grandchildren to live in,” he said. “I also want a activating world, a world that is accretion and growing. I do not accept in stasis. And this planet is finite.”

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