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Space Cowboys

High-profile entrepreneurs pursue the final frontier.

This story appears in the April 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

When several of the world's most notable entrepreneurs all seem to agree where the next big business opportunity lies, you have to pay attention. But what if they're all starting companies to provide space transportation to tourists?

The question is highly relevant today, as a gaggle of marquee business creators line up to invest sizeable fortunes in going where no profit-making business has gone before. The list includes Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen, Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, Virgin founder Richard Branson and Elon Musk, who co-founded PayPal and sold it to eBay for $1.5 billion.

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