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Dr. Peter Diamandis

Founder, Executive Chairman, Engineer, Physician

XPRIZE Foundation


Founder, Executive Chairman, Engineer, Physician


XPRIZE Foundation




Peter Diamandis






Why is Dr. Peter Diamandis a Global Shaker?

Dr. Peter Diamandis, a trained medical doctor and aerospace engineer, believes that “the best way to predict the future is to create it yourself.” As such, he has founded several entreprises and entities with the aim of bettering life for all, both on Earth and beyond.

“Unless you love, love, love what you do and what you’re doing, unless you’re driven by that internal massively transformative purpose, heart and soul—you’re going to give up before you succeed,” he said during an interview at Singularity University’s Global Summit in 2017. “But if your belief and passion keep you engaged, keep you pushing your project forward, there is a much greater chance it’ll “live long enough to live forever.”

He is the founder and chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, co-founder and executive chairman of Singularity University, co-founder of the Zero Gravity Corporation, co-founder and vice chairman of Space Adventures, founder and chairman of the Rocket Racing League, co-founder of the International Space University, co-founder of Planetary Resources, co-founder of Celularity, founder of Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, and vice chairman and co-founder of Human Longevity, Inc. What a list!

Peter has a bachelor’s in molecular genetics and a master’s degree in aeronautics and astronautics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned his master’s while he was attending Harvard Medical School, eventually completing his medical degree in 1989. He founded Students for the Exploration and Development of Space while getting his undergraduate degree. While he was in medical school, he founded the Space Generation Foundation and served as managing director of the International Space University and CEO of International Micro Space.

In 2012, along with Steven Kotler, he co-authored Abundance: The Future Is Better Than You Think. It rose to #2 on The New York Times Best Seller list. In 2015, the duo wrote another best-seller, BOLD: How to Go Big, Create Wealth, and Impact the World.

Tags: space exploration, STEM

Last updated: May 24, 2019