If you've ever dreamt of becoming a millionaire by windfall, you're in luck! There's no hard work and long hours spent in the office, all you got to do is live to 123 years old. Moldovan businessman and multi-millionaire Dmitry Kaminskiy is passionate about longevity – so much so that he’s offering a prize of $1 million to the first person to reach the age of 123 years. He himself dreams of living forever and hopes that his generous gift will trigger a new generation of ‘supercentenarians’ (people over 110 years of age).
“We live in the most exciting era of human development when technologies become exponential and transformative,” said Kaminskiy, a senior partner of Hong Kong-based firm Deep Knowledge Ventures. “They may not realise it, but some of the supercentenarians alive today may see the dawn of the next century if they live long enough for these transformative technologies to develop.”
“I hope that my prize will help some of them desire longer lifespans and make their approaches to living longer a little more competitive,” he added.
But at 123 years old, you might not have enough time and energy to spend your prize money. However, you could have some fun by insinuating to your children that only one of them will receive the prize money in your will and watch as they grovel at your feet and treat you like royalty.
Kaminskiy isn’t the first person to display interest in increased life expectancy. According to a Daily Mail report, ‘Longevity Science’ is actually an area of interest for many anti-aging companies such as Google’s Calico and genome sequencing startup Human Longevity Inc. Billionaires like Larry Ellison, Sergey Brin, Dmitry Itskov, and Peter Thiel are actively funding research in the field.
The level of research and study going into longevity science makes Kaminskiy hopeful that people living to 150 years will soon become the norm. While studies in stopping and reversing aging in mice have already displayed signs of success, people all over the world are generally living longer in recent years. In fact, in 2014, average life expectancy hit an all-time high of 79 years in the United States.
Kaminskiy's prize money might not be able to motivate people to live longer, but there are quite a few supercentenarians who might just end up winning if they continue living on. The oldest verifiable ones alive today are both Americans – Jeralean Talley at 115 years old, and Susannah Mushatt Jones who is also 115 years old. Talley happens to be older by 44 days.
This isn't the first time that Kaminskiy has involved longetivity with monetary gain. He was just in the news this January for making a bet with Dr. Alex Zhavoronkov, CEO of anti-aging company Insilico Medicine Inc, over who would live beyond 100. The bet is for a million dollars in stock.
“Longevity competitions may be a great way to combat both psychological and biological aging,” Dr. Zhavoronkov had said. “I hope that we will start a trend.”
Well then... let the race begin where the one who comes in last is the ultimate victor.