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Several Billionaires are Investing in Nuclear

Written by Nick Hodge
Posted August 19, 2010

When billionaires want to get richer, they invest in nuclear energy.

I've already written twice (here and here) about Bill Gates' venture, TerraPower, and its goal to create modular nuclear reactors (100 MWe to 300 MWe)...

But now additional news is surfacing about billionaires looking for more fortune by playing the nuclear game.

I'll show you how to join them below, but first let's see if we can't untangle the web of nuclear investments being made by some of the world's richest men.

The billionaire nuke club

As mentioned, Gates has thrown down on TerraPower. It's a spin-out from Intellectual Ventures — a futurist firm focused on patenting breakthroughs of all kinds, and a known hang-out of Microsoft alumni.

But Gates is only one part of a former-Microsoft-bigwig-turned-nuclear-venture-capitalist profit ménage à trois.

Former Microsoft chief scientist Nathan Myhrvold is also invested in TerraPower. (Vinod Khosla has taken a stake, too, but he's small potatoes in this basket.)

Fellow billionaire and Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen is taking a different route...

Through his own venture firm Vulcan Capital, Allen is heavily vested in Tri Alpha Energy — a stealth nuclear start-up focused on, dare I say it, plasma fusion. But don't tell anyone, it's supposed to be a secret.

Even so, recent reports say the company just raked in $50 million to $80 million in venture capital. Other investors include the venerable Goldman Sachs (NYSE: GS), Venrock, and New Enterprise Associates.

Yes, Goldman Sachs is investing in nuclear fusion. They — like Bill and Nathan and Vinod and Paul — have money, love money, and want more of it.

And they all seem to think a nuclear breakthrough is the way to get it.

Join them...

Good luck getting a personal piece of TerraPower or Tri Alpha Energy. The billionaire boys are playing it close to the vest, wanting to keep any future profits for themselves.

But there is a publicly-traded entity pursuing similar activities and causing quite a stir in both nuclear and investment circles.

For starters, it has signed an MoU with a company making modular nuclear reactors similar to TerraPower. The MoU is the first step in a joint venture that will allow the two companies to license, build, and market these fridge-sized nuclear reactors on a global scale.

They already have 150 purchase orders.

TerraPower, which you can't invest in, is in talks with Toshiba to make its reactors.

The public company has a deal in place, sales interest, and you can get shares now.

Forget fusion — this is better

Even if fusion can be figured out, it'll be years before it comes to market.

The company I'm telling you about is ready to deliver now.

They have the MoU for modular reactors mentioned above. But they also have another deal with a Chinese firm to build and sell nuclear powered desalination units.

As I told you last week, these units are 80% cheaper than the competition, and produce both electricity and freshwater.

Interest for these units is already pouring in as well. The desert gulf states want them... Australia wants them... Africa wants them...

And they cost $3 billion apiece.

That'll make for some nice revenue for a company still trading for less than a dollar.

And they'll be ready for sale long before fusion is developed and brought to market.

But if you still aren't convinced, this company has a third operation going on that could dwarf the other two...

It plans to import reactors to the U.S. and build the first investor-owned utility in three decades.

I first discovered this plan when the stock was down around $0.10. Today, it's approaching $0.80.

As word slowly gets out about this story, the share price is only going to continue to climb. And that's why you need to get in sooner rather than later.

To help you do that, I've put together this whitepaper on the opportunity. It'll tell you all about the company, its plans, and why you should consider investing.

It's the next best thing to getting in on the ground floor with a billionaire.

Call it like you see it,

Nick Hodge

Nick

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