Posted: Sat, January 26, 2013 | By: Hank Pellissier
A recent essay by David Kekich of the Maximum Life Foundation intrigued me. It’s titled, “The Most Important Person in the World Will be Whoever Donates $5 Billion to Defeat Aging and Death” What startled me was just how cheap that price tag is! $5 Billion… ? Surely, that little sum can’t be a serious obstacle, can it?
I contacted David Kekich via email and asked him how he arrived at that figure, he replied: “It’s a calculation derived from various inputs from researchers. A breakdown should be somewhere on the MaxLife site.”
Another Transhumanity.net aging expert, Marios Krysiazis, commented that he thought the $5 price was too high, he believed it was probably just $3-$4 billion.
Of course, I was even more dumbfounded. A few billion dollars… that’s just pennies to spend for large governments. Of course that might be complicated, what with war budgets and all - but there’s also dozens of individuals who have enough cash to entirely pay that amount all by themselves.
So.. why don’t they? They don’t want to die, of course not, they have enough cash to enjoy hundreds of additional years.
(On the same day, I saw another news article that claimed the entire problem of poverty could also be alleviated for approximately the same amount.)
I wandered over to Forbes.com and checked out who had enough dough to keep me going forever. Turns out it’s quite a long list; there’s literally hundreds of incredibly rich men and women who could guarantee humanity radically long lives. I decided to trim the list down, to only the Top 30 - below are the Midas moguls who would only have to spend a small fraction of their savings to end aging and death.
i am hoping someone who reads this knows someone on the list and can cajole him or her into giving me - and you - some additional decades or centuries of life. Personally, my only connection to this crowd is I know someone who sees Sergey Brin every year at Burning Man. I’ll have her mention my request to him next September…
Out of all the contenders here for our future “Liberator from Aging” - I think Michael Bloomberg is most promising. He’s got the cash, he likes a high profile, and he’s 70 years old - what’s he waiting for? If anyone bumps into him, mention this, please? I’d appreciate it. Tell him to email me - our lives depend on it!
I have also purchased a lot of books from Jeff Bezos, so he owes me…
Carlos Slim Helu & family $69 Billion 72 years old
Bill Gates $61 B 57 years old
Warren Buffett $44 B 82 years old
Bernard Arnault $41 B 63 years old
Amancio Ortega $37.5 B 76 years old
Larry Ellison $36 B 68 years old
Eike Batista $30 B 56 years old
Stefan Persson $26 B 65 years old
Li Ka-shing $25.5 B 84 years old
Karl Albrecht $25.4 B 92 years old
Christy Walton & family $25.3 B 58 years old
Charles Koch $25 B 77 years old
David Koch $25 B 72 years old
Sheldon Adelson $24.9 B 79 years old
Liliane Bettencourt $24 B 90 years old
Jim Walton $23.7 B 65 years old
Alice Walton $23.3 B 63 years old
S. Robson Walton $23.1 B 69 years old
Mukesh Ambani $22.3 B 55 years old
Michael Bloomberg $22 B 70 years old
Lakshmi Mittal $20.7 B 62 years old
George Soros $20 B 82 years old
Michele Ferrero & family $19 B 86 years old
Sergey Brin $18.7 B 39 years old
Larry Page $18.7 B 39 years old
Jeff Bezos $18.4 B 49 years old
Thomas & Raymond Kwok & family $18.3 B
Alisher Usmanov $18.1 B 59 years old
Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud $18 B 57 years old
Lee Shau Kee $18 B 84 years old