Robert Bigelow net worth: Robert Bigelow is an American aerospace engineer with an estimated net worth of $1 billion dollars. Born in Nevada, Robert Bigelow graduated from the University of Arizona with degrees in Real Estate and Banking in the late 60s, and began building his real estate empire immediately. Just three years later, he owned 100 apartments in Las Vegas, and had broken ground on a 40-unit apartment building. He now owns the Budget Suites of America hotel chain, among hundreds of other properties, and his real estate developments are worth over $700 million. He is also building a series of inflatable space habitats, the prototypes of which are currently orbiting the Earth. He has made agreements to build many more of them with multiple countries around the world. He expects the first inflatable station to be fully habitable by 2016. The cost per astronaut to stay on the inflatable station for 30 days is estimated to be $28,750,000.