Finding extraterrestrial life would change our world; but, because there’s no money in it, there’s little funding for it. A combination of government funding and small private contributions have sustained the work in SETI, but occasional billionaires can take it to a new level. A Russian tycoon has donated $100,000,000 to the cause. That should be enough for the next ten years – but maybe it won’t take that long. Then the world, and the funding, will change.