People

Peter Diamandis

Peter Diamandis

Formal First Name
Peter
Dates
1961 - present

Dr. Peter Diamandis is a world renowned physician, engineer, and entrepreneur who has launched more than 20 companies in the areas of longevity, space, venture capital, and education. Diamandis is the Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which designs and operates large-scale incentive competitions; and Co-founder and Executive Chairman of Singularity University, a graduate-level Silicon Valley institution that counsels the world’s leaders on exponentially growing technologies. Passionate about solving some of the world’s grand challenges, Diamandis is focused on driving breakthroughs in products, companies, industries—and humanity. He has founded or co-founded many of the leading entrepreneurial companies in the space sector including Zero Gravity Corporation, the Rocket Racing League and Space Adventures. He also counsels the world's top enterprises on how to utilize exponential technologies and incentivized innovation to dramatically accelerate their business objectives.

CAREER BEFORE SPACE EXPLORATION

  • Before the X Prize, Dr. Diamandis ran a company that studied low-cost launching technologies.
  • He also managed Zero-G which offers the public the chance to train like an astronaut and experience weightlessness.
  • Though the X Prize's first $10 million went to a space-themed challenge, his present goal is to extend the prize into healthcare, social policy, education, and many other fields that could use a dose of competitive innovation.


AREAS OF INTEREST

  • Longevity
  • Inspiring and guiding entrepreneurs to think exponentially and solve global grand challenges
  • Opening the commercial space frontier, specifically through property and resource rights in space


COMPANIES

  • Executive Founder of Singularity University
  • Founder and Executive Chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation
  • Founder of International MicroSpace
  • Founder of Rocket Racing
  • Founder of Constellation Communications Incorporated
  • Chairman and CEO of Ansari X Prize Foundation
  • Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources
  • Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Celularity
  • Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Human Longevity
  • Co-Founder and Vice-Chairman of Space Adventures
  • Co-Founder of BOLD Capital Partners
  • Co-Founder of Space Adventures
  • Co-Founder of Zero-Gravity Corporation
  • Co-Founder of HeroX, PBC
  • Co-Founder of Starport.org
  • Co-Founder of the International Space University
  • Co-Founder of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space


AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS

  • Dr. Diamandis has received more than 20 major awards, including:
    • 2014 Fortune’s World’s 50 Greatest Leaders
    • 2010 Economist “No Boundaries” Innovator of the Year Award
    • 2007 Arthur C. Clarke Award
    • 2006 Lindbergh Award
    • 2006 Neil Armstrong Award
    • First Heinlein Laureate
  • In 2016, the Greek government honored him with a 1.20-euro stamp bearing his photograph.
  • In the 8th grade, he took first place in the Estes rocket design contest.


MEDIA AND OTHER APPEARANCES

  • Dr. Diamandis has presented at the 2020 Mauldin Strategic Economics Conference.
  • He has appeared as a guest on Real Vision.


NOTES

  • Dr. Diamandis predicts that every person on Earth will have high-speed Internet by 2024.
  • His favorite saying is “the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.”