Robert Bigelow
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"Robert T. Bigelow" (born 1945) is an American hotel and aerospace entrepreneur. He owns the hotel chain Budget Suites of America and is the founder of Bigelow Aerospace.

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All those guys should not have had a chance when there was IBM sitting there, dominating the computer industry, but they did it.

I can tell you that Bigelow has made substantial investments in terms of launch contracts, personnel and facilities. That is unprecedented…and he's doing so without a dime of government money.