Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos wears goggles owned by Amelia Earhart, which he carried into space, at a post-launch press conference after he flew on Blue Origin’s inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the town of Van Horn, Texas, on July 20.   Photo: Reuters Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos wears goggles owned by Amelia Earhart, which he carried into space, at a post-launch press conference after he flew on Blue Origin’s inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the town of Van Horn, Texas, on July 20.   Photo: Reuters
Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos wears goggles owned by Amelia Earhart, which he carried into space, at a post-launch press conference after he flew on Blue Origin’s inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the town of Van Horn, Texas, on July 20. Photo: Reuters
David Dodwell
Opinion

Opinion

Inside Out by David Dodwell

‘Space philanthropy’ of Jeff Bezos and Elon Musk is less impressive than down-to-earth visions

  • The Gates’ foundation has made huge headway on Earth in the battle against malaria and polio
  • But what cost-benefit analysis persuades Jeff Bezos that US$1 billion a year on his space programme is a good way to spend his Amazon gains?

Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos wears goggles owned by Amelia Earhart, which he carried into space, at a post-launch press conference after he flew on Blue Origin’s inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the town of Van Horn, Texas, on July 20.   Photo: Reuters Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos wears goggles owned by Amelia Earhart, which he carried into space, at a post-launch press conference after he flew on Blue Origin’s inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the town of Van Horn, Texas, on July 20.   Photo: Reuters
Billionaire American businessman Jeff Bezos wears goggles owned by Amelia Earhart, which he carried into space, at a post-launch press conference after he flew on Blue Origin’s inaugural flight to the edge of space, in the town of Van Horn, Texas, on July 20. Photo: Reuters
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David Dodwell

David Dodwell

David Dodwell is the executive director of the Hong Kong-APEC Trade Policy Study Group, a trade policy think tank.