When he was 18 and a high school valedictorian, Bezos told the Miami Herald in 1982 that he hoped to “build space hotels, amusement parks and colonies” for people to live in orbit around the planet. He said he envisioned the planet as a park to be preserved.
Now at 54, Jeff Bezos is fulfilling his dreams with his company Blue Origin, a private re-useable rocket company. By reusing rockets, Blue Origin can significantly lower the cost of space travel and exploration.
Noting that the Earth is getting crowded, Bezos thinks the solar system could support a trillion humans. “And if we had a trillion humans, we would have a thousand Einsteins and a thousand Mozarts and unlimited (for all practical purposes) resources,” he says.
Bezos, who is married and has four children, says that is the life he envisions for his great-great-great-great-grandchildren.