Tech Moguls Chase Longevity?
They made their money by harnessing technology to transform life. Now they want to use their wealth to extend the limits of life.
Longevity is the new frontier for these Silicon Valley barons and they hope to again do what they do best, transform life as we know it and make a killing off it. A look at the leading investors:
Marc Zuckerberg: (Net worth: $56 billion; Age: 33; Facebook co-founder)
With Google’s Sergey Brin, co-sponsor $33 million Breakthrough Prize for Life Sciences for “curing agerelated diseases.”
“Most interested in …..What will enable us to live forever? How do we cure all diseases?” says Zuckerberg.
Larry Ellison: (Net worth: $52.2 billion; Age: 73; Oracle co-founder)
The Ellison Medical Foundation has spent $430 million since 1997 on mostly “anti-ageing research.” “Death has never made any sense to me. How can a person be there and then just vanish, just not be there,” says Ellison
Larry Page: (Net worth: $40.7 billion; Age: 44; Google cofounder, Calico co-founder) Calico, or California Life Company, is an “anti-ageing research centre” that’s got funds of $750 million from Google
Page has Hashimoto’s Thyroiditis disease, dangerous if untreated. Anti-ageing research could help him beat that.
Sergey Brin: (Net worth: 39.8 billion; Age: 44; Google cofounder)
Personal investment of $150 million in firms researching DNA.
Hopes to someday “cure death”
Brin hopes his investments pay off, not least because he carries a genetic mutation that makes him vulnerable to Parkinson’s disease
Page and Brin fund other biotech firms as well
Peter Thiel: (Net worth: $2.6 billion; Age: 49; PayPal c0founder, Facebook investor) Has invested in “3D printing of organs, human genomics.” Holds stake in 14 health and biotech companies working on anti-ageing.
“I want to live till at least 120,” says Thiel