The entire world stood in awe when Amazon founder Jeff Bezos became the first man on Earth to amass a fortune of over $100 billion. And while that number does indeed look crazy, some experts are saying that in the near future, we might witness the creation of the world’s first trillionaire. According to Goldman Sachs Group, Inc., the famous American multinational investment bank, this massive wealth will most probably come from asteroid mining.
It’s not a secret that asteroids are extremely rich in precious metals and minerals. And seeing how mining an asteroid is becoming easier and easier with each passing day, one day, someone will become a trillionaire. This person’s money will come from mining an asteroid platinum, an extremely profitable business. According to the Goldman Sachs report, when it comes to the concept of mining asteroids, the psychological barrier is pretty high. However, the technological and financial barriers are actually a lot lower than people imagine. Prospecting probes will not cost more than a few tens of millions of dollars each. Also, the company Caltech has put out the idea of an asteroid-grabbing spacecraft for $2.6 billion.
Getting rich from mining asteroids
That sum might sound like a lot. However, people should know that it’s only one third of the sum that has been invested in Uber, for example. The price is also similar to that of an earthbound mine. So, achieving this is not at all impossible, even if it may sound like that to ordinary ears. However, there is the problem of the asteroid resources tanking the entire platinum market.
Still, it seems that renowned astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has the same opinion. He too thinks that the first trillionaire on Earth will be a person exploiting the natural resources found on asteroids. According to him, as space becomes more and more part of our backyard, a new kind of war for resources might begin.
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