This is so huge and pathetically simple that no one will believe it. Most observers laugh at little SpaceX and its leader Elon Musk. How can a little company like this out-do NASA and the national space programs of other high-tech countries?
Elon Musk and SpaceX are going to own eight planets.
Elon Musk can present a very simple business plan: He can own 8 planets, and about 6 of them are way cooler than earth. Now, who wants a piece of this?
That's right. Now that he has access to space, and is booking tourism for billionaire customers, the rest of story is clear. He and his private investors will build bigger and faster space ships and they will colonize the rest of the solar system. Planets like Jupiter and Saturn are way more interesting than earth (entire moons made out of rocket fuel, all free for the taking). They will figure out how to live there, and then goodbye to the earth and its Clintons and Trumps and Bushes and other pathetic savages.
Once the investment community figures out this is real, they will throw so much money at Elon Musk and his rowdy group of billionaire friends that they will be unstoppable. The value of eight planets (about six of which are probably better than earth) is such a huge number it is impossible to place a valuation on it. 100 trillion dollars is not out of the question. Accordingly, if they want to, they could simply buy NASA (although truthfully the Russian Space Agency is a better bargain). But they can make better technology by doing it their own way.
You may laugh, but my question is: How can anyone stop him? He's going to get the money, he has the know-how, and the incentive is out there. It's going to happen.
I just hope SpaceX provides better government for the new civilizations compared to the old one (Earth).