Musk, Bezos, Branson lead billionaires in space race

A handful of the world's richest people are leading the space race

The SpaceX - NASA historical flight was delayed on Wednesday due to weather, but that won't stop billionaire Elon Musk from cementing his place in history.

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President Trump, along with Vice President Pence were in attendance and will return on Saturday. The administration has prioritized the formation of the 'Space Force,' which is the newest branch of the U.S. military.

The quest to dominate has a new crop of billionaires looking to win the space race.

FOX Business takes a look at Musk and the other big fish firing up the sector.

Elon Musk

When Elon Musk isn't in the weeds running Tesla, the eccentric CEO is also running his rocket company as the founder and CEO of SpaceX, a private space-exploration company.  On May 30, SpaceX hopes to launch its Crew Dragon capsule with two U.S. astronauts, Doug Hurley and Bob Behnken, into orbit.

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This will mark the first time since 2011 American astronauts will leave earth from American soil.

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Elon Musk (AP)

Richard Branson

Branson is the founder of the Virgin Group, the parent company of the spaceflight business Virgin Galactic.

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Just days before SpaceX's historic launch the company had a setback when its first launch of a test satellite off the coast of Southern California failed.

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Branson is ahead of the other space moguls in that his company was the first to tap the capital markets, going public last October at $12 per share.

Virgin Galactic CEO George T. Whitesides recently told FOX Business about the company's plans to offer commercial space flights, charging customers nearly $250,000 for a 2.5-hour trip. However, that price tag could climb.

As of February, the company had around 600 people who have put down deposits to make the trip to outer space, worth an estimated $120 million, said Whitesides.

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The company also sports a uniform deal with Under Armour.

Credit: Virgin Galactic in Under Armour Suits 

Jeff Bezos

In addition to being Amazon's CEO, and the richest man in the world with a net worth over $146 billion per Forbes, Bezos founded the spaceflight company Blue Origin in 2000. Last year, Blue Origin entered into a Launch Services Agreement partnership with the U.S. Air Force.

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Bezos, who divorced his first wife MacKenzie, is frequently seen with girlfriend Lauren Sanchez, who is also a reported aviation junkie.

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Robert Bigelow

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Bigelow is the owner of both the hotel chain Budget Suites of America and the aerospace company Bigelow Aerospace. The space company designs and manufactures modules for space stations.

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Larry Page

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The Google co-founder is one of the main financial backers of Planetary Resources, an asteroid mining company that intends to begin mining operations in 2020.

Page, along with Sergey Brin, stepped away from Google's day-to-day operations last year.

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FOX Business' Brittany De Lea and Renwick Wilson contributed to this report. 

*This story, published in February 2020, has been updated ahead of the May 27 SpaceX launch.