New Spirit of St. Louis Organization

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The New Spirit of St. Louis organization is a major sponsor of the X-Prize Foundation.

The namesakes of this organization were inspired by a group that formed in 1925. A few people had gotten together in St. Louis to fund the design, development, and construction of an airplane that Charles Lindbergh would use to try to win the Orteig Prize. Two years later, Lindbergh won the $25,000 prize money. His plane was named Spirit of St. Louis after the organization.

Members in 2004

In 2004, the organization had 75 members, with membership capped at 100. Each member paid a minimum contribution of $25,000 to the X-Prize Foundation. Its membership at that time included the following St. Louis members: Andy Taylor, CEO of Enterprise Rent-A-Car; John McDonnell, chairman of the McDonnell Douglas Foundation; and William Danforth, chancellor of Washington University

Other supporters in 2004 included authors Tom Clancy and Arthur C. Clarke; Adeo Ressi, co-founder of Sophos Partners; Richard Garriott, founder of Origin Systems; Anousheh Ansari and Amir Ansari, founders of Telecom Technologies, Inc; J. Barry Thompson, director of North American Architecture for UBS Warburg; Elon Musk, CEO and co-owner of Tesla and SpaceX; and Erik Lindbergh, grandson of Charles Lindbergh.