6th Floor, Woodrow Wilson Center

The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos, and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos

Nearly a half-century after Neil Armstrong walked on the moon, a group of billionaire entrepreneurs are pouring their fortunes into the epic resurrection of the American space program. They founded some of the biggest brands in the world – Amazon, Microsoft, Virgin, Tesla, PayPal – and upended industry after industry… but now, they are pursuing the biggest disruption of all: space.
The Space Barons tells the story of how Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos, along with Richard Branson and Paul Allen, are using Silicon Valley-style innovation to dramatically lower the cost of space travel and send humans even further than NASA has gone. 
Christian Davenport, who covers the space and defense industries at The Washington Post, worked on this book at the Wilson Center as a fellow in 2017.
Note: This event includes a reception and book signing.


  • Jane Harman

    Director, President, and CEO, Wilson Center
  • Christian Davenport

    Former Public Policy Fellow
    Staff Writer at The Washington Post, covering the defense and space industries for the financial desk