How Billionaires Are Buying Eternal Life

Ultra-wealthy now investing in longevity research.

May 12, 2017 5:00 am

If you had enough money and the means to do so, would you want to live forever? According to Town & Country magazine, that seems to be what 93-year-old billionaire David Murdock is attempting to do with his California Health & Longevity Institute—a sort of wellness center for ultra-wealthy folks looking to extend their lives beyond current, natural limits. (RealClearLife reported on a similar company, Human Longevity Inc., last year.)

And Murdock’s not just some mad scientist trying to promote a short-sighted cause. Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page, philanthropist Michael Milken, and Amazon’s Jeff Bezos are all funneling money into various life-extending projects.

What are the super-rich doing to extend their lives? T&C mentions one former executive who spends “six days a week in a $50,000 tank of air chilled to –270 degrees Fahrenheit, which he says increases the density of his mitochondria (the power plants in all living cells).” That’s just the tip of the iceberg. One person quoted in the story believes he can live to 180.

But much like the plot for a dystopian sci-fi novel, “immortality”—or the closest thing to it—would be purely the purview of the ultra-weatlhy. A vast majority of people would lack the funds or healthcare necessary to access these innovations.

Below, watch an informational video on the California Health & Longevity Institute.


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