Robert Bigelow Net Worth 2021, Age, Height, Family, Assets and Liabilities

Robert Bigelow net worth

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Robert Bigelow is an American businessman. He owns the hotel chain Budget Suites of America and is the founder of Bigelow Aerospace. Bigelow has used his wealth to provide financial support for investigations of UFOs and parapsychological topics, including the continuation of consciousness after death. In 2011, Forbes estimated his net worth to be $700 million.

Early life

NameRobert Bigelow
Net Worth$1.2 billion
Age76 years
Robert Bigelow net worth 2021

Robert Thomas Bigelow was born May 12, 1945(age 76 years) in Las Vegas, Nevada. He attended Highland Elementary School and was first exposed to science through a number of nuclear weapons tests conducted about 70 miles northwest of the city.

At age 12, Bigelow decided that his future lay in space travel, despite his limitations in mathematics, and he resolved to choose a career that would make him rich enough that, one day, he could hire the scientific expertise required to launch his own space program.

He entered the University of Nevada, Reno in 1962 to study banking and real estate, and he graduated from Arizona State University in 1967.


From the late 1960s through the 1990s Bigelow developed commercial real estate hotels, motels and apartments.

In his real estate career, Bigelow built approximately 15,000 units and purchased another 8,000. For most of his career, “he held on to almost everything he bought, but … eventually, unload[ed] much of his housing stock in the boom years immediately before the 2008 crash”. In 2013, Bigelow reflected on this: “People just really wanted to throw money away, … So that was lucky.”

In 1995, Bigelow founded the National Institute for Discovery Science to research and advance the study of various fringe sciences and paranormal topics, most notably ufology. The organization researched cattle mutilation and black triangle reports, ultimately attributing the latter to the military. The institute was disbanded in 2004.

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In 1996, Bigelow purchased Skinwalker Ranch, a 480-acre cattle ranch located in Utah that some belief is the site of an interdimensional doorway used by alien shape-shifters.

In December 2017, Bigelow was reported by the New York Times to have urged Senator Harry Reid to initiate what became the Advanced Aerospace Threat Identification Program, a government study which operated from 2007 to 2012 tasked with the study of UFOs. According to the New York Times, Bigelow said he was “absolutely convinced” that aliens exist and have visited Earth.

In June 2020, Bigelow founded the Bigelow Institute for Consciousness Studies to support investigations into life after death. In January 2021, he put up an award of $1 million for anyone who could demonstrate the existence of life after death.

Aerospace development

In 1999, Bigelow founded Bigelow Aerospace. Bigelow had indicated he planned to spend up to US$500 million to develop the first commercial space station with a goal of the station costing 33% of the US$1.5 billion that NASA expended on a single space shuttle mission. Bigelow Aerospace has launched two experimental space modules, Genesis I in 2006 and Genesis II in 2007, and had planned for full-scale space habitats to be used as orbital hotels, research labs and factories.

In 2013, Bigelow indicated that the reason he went into the commercial real estate business was to obtain the requisite resources to be able to fund a team developing space destinations. In October 2017, Bigelow announced that he planned to put an inflatable “space hotel” into orbit by 2022. The plan is part of a partnership with United Launch Alliance, and the project is estimated to cost US$2.3 billion in total. The cost of a 3-day stay in this spatial hotel is estimated at 5 million dollars.

In April 2016, Bigelow’s BEAM module was launched to the International Space Station on the eighth SpaceX cargo resupply mission.

In March 2020, Bigelow Aerospace let go of all 88 members of staff and halted operations after over 20 years of business, in a move that was partly caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Robert Bigelow net worth

How much is Robert Bigelow worth? Robert Bigelow net worth is estimated at around $1.2 billion as of 2021. However, in March 2021, he sued NASA for $1.05 million. He was mentioned in the series Ancient Aliens, season 16 episode 8 “The Space Travelers” as a business entrepreneur who is funding colonization of other planets.