The search for the Fountain of Youth has been ongoing for centuries. Throughout the whole of history, people have been trying to prolong the inevitable hoping to hang on to this life as long as possible. Modern medicine has done its part in increasing the average lifespan of humans, but state of the art operations and miracle meds will only take you so far.
The elite of the world has decided that the prospect for a longer than normal life is unsatisfactory and have been doing their part to make sure they never meet their demise. Well, these five billionaires are putting their money where their unwrinkled mouths are. Check out some of the lengths these wealthy one percenters will go to stick around until the bitter end.
Larry Ellison, Founder of Oracle
Not understanding how a person “can just be there and then just vanish”, Larry Ellison has created a foundation, Ellison Medical Foundation, to contribute to the cause of antiaging research. Not only does his foundation focus antiaging but he’s also donated over $430 million in grants 80% of which has been given to anything to do with antiaging.
Larry Page, Cofounder of Google and CEO of Alphabet
Having founded Calico, the California Life Company, in 2013, Mr. Page also focuses his efforts on anti-aging research. Receiving $750 million from Google to begin its work, Calico boasts findings which have increased the lifespan of earthworms to what would be the equivalent to 400-500 human years.
Peter Thiel, Cofounder of PayPal
Peter Thiel is already taking what precautions are available to him to prevent his aging any further. The billionaire has agreed to go into a cryonic freeze after his death. He does, however, hope to sidestep the whole death thing entirely. Investing millions of dollars into organizations such as the Methuselah Foundation who works tirelessly on life expansion and pouring funds into biotech companies with the same aspirations as the Thiel Foundation which, surprise, focuses on anti-aging research.
Sergey Brin, Cofounder of Google
With a particular interest in curing Parkinson ’s disease, this billionaire has invested millions into research aimed at curing the illness. Brin is especially devoted to this cause considering that he was diagnosed as having a gene putting him at a greater than normal risk of developing the disease. To date, he has donated $150 million to Parkinson’s research.
After heading up Google X, Google’s semi-secret research and development facility, Brin peeled off with the Life Sciences division in hopes of further advancing our understanding and control of degenerative diseases.
Mark Zuckerberg, Cofounder of Facebook
Mark Zuckerberg has openly expressed interest in topics aligning with antiaging research. He’s posed questions regarding what would enable humans to live forever and how we can cure every single disease.
Mark and others have collaborated to form the Breakthrough Prize which awards $3 million to anyone who is able to uncover new ways of prolonging the human life.
Even though these billionaires seem to be operating in their own self-interest, whatever earth-shattering technology that may come from their ventures is bound to benefit the greater community at some point.