You know how back in the day famous artists had patrons? Rich dudes who paid their living expenses and let them get on with the business of creating art, with the only stipulation being that the artist had to create specific things for them whenever they wanted. Like maybe a fresco over the toilet of the rich dude and all his friends wearing togas.
I want to be the patron of a scientist. I want to build him a nice house and a lab and pay for all his equipment and assistants, and he could use it however he wanted in his free time. Maybe try and find a cure for cancer or something. But first I’d want him to genetically engineer me a dragon. Chop-chop.