“It is a strategic interest of humanity to be able to go to space. We are living on a little blue dot.”
Eric Anderson



“Eric Anderson was too myopic to be an astronaut, but he did the next-best thing: he started the space tourism industry.”
James M. Clash



In 2010, Anderson was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award winner.  In 2008, Anderson won the "CEO of the Year" award presented by Smart CEO magazine.  



Anderson has sold more than $300 million in spaceflight missions to all the self-funded private space explorers, some of whom include Dennis Tito, Anousheh Ansari, Charles Simonyi, Richard Garriott, and Guy Laliberte.



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Biography: Eric C Anderson, Entrepreneur

Mr. Anderson is a lifelong entrepreneur with a history of successfully introducing innovative products and services into new markets.  He is most well-known for pioneering the development of the space tourism industry as the co-founder and Chairman of Space Adventures, Ltd.  At Space Adventures, Mr. Anderson has been responsible for all of the spaceflights by self-funded commercial space explorers, launching more astronauts into space than 99 percent of the nations on Earth, and he has sold nearly $500 million in spaceflight missions.

Currently, Mr. Anderson serves as the CEO of Intentional Software Corporation, where he and his business partner, Dr. Charles Simonyi, Ph.D., have developed the “Intentional Knowledge Workbench” technology whose unique capabilities include drastically reducing the cost of encoding, processing, and utilizing knowledge. The Intentional Knowledge Workbench reduces costs & error incidences, accelerates innovation, and saves time in the development of software applications and other digital work products.

Mr. Anderson also serves as Co-Founder and Co-Chairman of Planetary Resources, Inc., a company that plans to revolutionize current space exploration and help ensure humanity's prosperity for generations to come.  Planetary Resources is bringing the natural resources of space within humanity’s economic sphere of influence.

Mr. Anderson is also a co-founder of Planetary Power Inc., a renewable energy company created to help satisfy the ever-increasing energy needs of our world in the 21st century. Planetary Power’s unique technology enables highly-reliable, low-cost access to the Earth’s most plentiful source of energy -- the Sun. As Chairman of Planetary Power, Mr. Anderson hopes to assist in bringing access to affordable, reliable and clean energy to the global population.

Mr. Anderson’s philanthropic efforts are focused on the Planetary Security Foundation, an organization dedicated to informing and educating the public about nuclear weapons, the greatest risk facing humanity’s future, and developing strategies for how that risk can be eliminated.

Mr. Anderson graduated magna cum laude from the University of Virginia where he studied aerospace and software engineering. 

He is a Board Member of the X PRIZE Foundation and the Koshka Foundation, and he also serves as the Chairman of the Commercial Spaceflight Federation

Mr. Anderson has been an active member of the Young Presidents Organization and in 2008, he was chosen by the World Economic Forum (Davos) as a member of the Forum of Young Global Leaders.

He lives in Bellevue, Washington, with his wife and their children.