Nevertheless, it’s groundbreaking. And it’s a clear path onto achievable space tourism in the near future.
However, while Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson raced each other this past summer to be the first non-astronauts to reach space, some other rich folks, like Bill Gates, aren’t that eager to blast off. Just yet, anyway.
During his interview with CNN's Becky Anderson, Gates admitted the benefits of the space race his fellow wealthy colleagues started, but can't help but blast that their motives aren't all philanthropic: "The space race, a lot of that is a commercial market. Having great internet connections throughout Africa is a good thing. Using observation satellites to see what's going on with agriculture and climate change. So that's not philanthropically motivated altogether. I do hope that people who are rich will find ways to give their wealth back to society with high impact. Clearly, they've got skills. They can't, or shouldn't, want to consume it all themselves."
The fourth richest person in the world according to Forbes, dedicated climate change activist and philanthropist, Bill Gates will be steering part of his wealth to achieve his purpose. He shared his “total focus” will be to get rid of "all these diseases that are so terrible in poor countries.” That will definitely take a while.