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e are on the verge of a life­span revo­lu­tion. Life ex­pectancy is go­ing to rise to be­tween 110 and 130 in the next 30 years. This is not sci­ence fic­tion.”

Jim Mellon’s vi­sion may be op­ti­mistic but it’s cer­tainly not fan­ci­ful. He came to the con­clu­sions he draws in his new book, Ju­ve­nes­cence, af­ter he im­mersed him­self in the sub­ject of longevity re­search for well over a year.

This in­cluded a 7,000-mile road trip around Amer­ica, vis­it­ing sci­en­tists at the cut­ting edge of this re­search.

He’s not do­ing it for the money: Mellon’s wealth is es­ti­mated at £920m and he’s giv­ing away the prof­its from the book to help fund fur­ther re­search into anti-age­ing.

Nei­ther is he a starry-eyed op­ti­mist. His first book, Wake Up! Sur­vive and Pros­per in the Com­ing Eco­nomic Tur­moil warned – cor­rectly of course – of the im­pend­ing fi­nan­cial cri­sis. Since then his pre­dic­tions have been fol­lowed closely by in­vestors.

He has al­ready writ­ten about dis­rup­tive tech­nol­ogy and in­vest­ing in drug re­search, and this new

Vi­sion­ary in­vestor Jim Mellon thinks so. Julie Black­burn re­views his new book

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