Robert Bigelow, whose company Bigelow Aerospace has built expandable space habitats for the ISS, was speaking in an interview with 60 minutes on Sunday.
The conversation focused on working with Nasa before it shifted to Mr. Bigelow’s reported obsession with aliens, as the mogul revealed he has invested ‘millions’ into UFO research.
Asked whether he believed in aliens, Mr. Bigelow responded: ‘I’m absolutely convinced. That’s all there is to it. There has been and is an existing presence, an ET presence on Earth. I spent millions and millions and millions – I probably spent more as an individual than anybody else in the United States has ever spent on this subject [aliens].’
Mr. Bigelow did not specify exactly how much he has spent on this research, and declined to comment on any personal UFO encounters.
Correspondent Lara Logan, who was leading the interview, then asked Mr. Bigelow whether he felt it was risky for him to say in public that he believes in aliens.
She asked him whether he worried that people might think he was ‘crazy’.
Mr Bigelow responded: ‘I don’t give a damn. I don’t care. It’s not gonna make a difference. It’s not gonna change the reality of what I know.’
When asked whether he thought future human missions into space would result in alien encounters, he said:’You don’t have to go anywhere. It’s just like right under people’s noses.’
The entrepreneur’s comments come as a surprise considering his company has worked closely with Nasa in the past, which denies any evidence of aliens.