If you don’t think the uber wealthy have problems in life, think again.
Jeff Bezos has a net worth of 201.3 billion according to Forbes. Do you realize he might not be able to spend all that money in just his lifetime, despite how many rocket ships he buys for Blue Origin or limited edition Hermes Birkin bags he gifts his girlfriend?
The world’s dorkiest space cowboy and centi-billionaire is reportedly trying to do something to fix that problem; he’s invested into Alto Labs, a biological reprogramming tech company that’s trying to reverse the aging process.
The company has raised north of $270 million, and Bezos is one of their investors.
It’s not the first anti-aging company Bezos has put money into. He’s also earmarked funds into a company called Unity Biotechnology.
So the big question is whether this type of reverse aging can actually occur, and allow even non-billionaires the change to live productive lives decades longer than humans have been able to up until now.
A method Altos Labs is studying is whether cells could be reprogrammed and essentially taught to revert back to their stem cell origins. Something that would make cells readapt to the skin, which would give a person’s face more of a youthful appearance.
A story in Screen Shot says that Nobel Prize winner Dr. Shinya Yamanaka has been enlisted by Altos Labs to be a senior scientist. She won’t be paid, but she will be the chair of their scientific advisory board.
Another person Alto Labs has recruited (and put on the payroll) is UCLA professor Steve Horvath. He’s the person who developed a biological clock that is able to measure human aging.
The company is trying to hire the best of the best in the anti-aging space, and paying salaries up to $1 million annually or more, along with stock options. In other words, way more than they would make at a university.
Who knows, if Altos Labs is successful, Bezos might become the world’s first multi-trillionaire by the time he’s 194.