Where will Bezos’ billions go? All signs point to his space race with Tesla founder Elon Musk. The Amazon CEO has previously said he puts his “lottery winnings from Amazon” into Blue Origin.
The only way that I can see to deploy this much financial resource is by converting my Amazon winnings into space travel. That is basically it.
Bezos told reporters that he sells at least $1 billion of Amazon shares every year to fund his space mission.
My business model right now … for Blue Origin is I sell about $1 billion of Amazon stock a year and I use it to invest in Blue Origin.
Bezos’ went on a selling spree last week, offloading $1.84 billion of Amazon shares between January 31st – February 3rd.
Things are heating up in the corporate space race. Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos have regularly sparred as they build competing space empires.
In one put-down, Musk boasted that SpaceX technology outpaced Blue Origin by three years.
Competition is even heating up between Musk and Bezos in their day-jobs. Amazon is ramping up its electric vehicle business, taking on Tesla at its own game.
The two companies have slightly different ambitions in the ongoing space opera. Musk aims to land a rocket on Mars and build a habitable colony. Elon Musk’s SpaceX is also racing ahead with government contracts. Musk just secured an $80 million contract with NASA to power an Earth science mission.
Bezos has his sights set closer to home: the moon. Blue Origin aims to send men and women to the moon by 2024 using a spacecraft called Blue Moon. Bezos began testing the engines for the lunar landing this week.
Speaking of his drive for the Blue Origin project, he said:
I’m pursuing this work, because I believe if we don’t we will eventually end up with a civilization of stasis, which I find very demoralizing … I am very lucky that I feel like I have a mission-driven purpose with Blue Origin that is, I think, incredibly important for civilization long term. And I am going to use my financial lottery winnings from Amazon to fund that.