Some billionaires are trying to conquer space. Others maintain a more earthbound ambition: to outsmart the Grim Reaper.

And deep-pocketed age-hackers are putting their money where their mouths are. Larry Ellison — chairman of the software giant Oracle — has donated around $500,000 to anti-aging research. Google co-founder Larry Page helped fund Calico, a lab that describes itself as wanting “to better understand the biology that controls aging and life span.”

Meanwhile, Peter Thiel — the entrepreneur behind PayPal — was an early investor in Unity Biotechnology, which is devising therapeutics to delay aging-related diseases at the cellular level. (The company raised $116 million in 2016.)

Nir Barzilai, author of “Age Later” and director of the Institute for Aging Research at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, describes some of these high-profile anti-agers as “immortalists”: People who believe death is an option, rather than an eventuality — given the right “hacks.”

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