Allen and Branson Best Musk as the Billionaire Space Race Takes Off

Which space mogul will come out on top?

SpaceX CEO Musk

Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Tesla Motors and Space Exploration Technologies, known as SpaceX, speaks at a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington.

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Elon Musk is aiming for his Space Exploration Technologies Corp. to bring patrons to Mars. Richard Branson and Paul Allen have focused their space businesses on a more mundane goal: reducing the cost of shipping cargo into earth's orbit. Their ideas will be showcased in Colorado this week at the Space Symposium trade show. Musk's fortune has risen 8 percent in the past 12 months, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Branson and Allen have each increased more than 10 percent.

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