I read this a few years ago but forgot the title.
The book starts out with a manufacturing company that, through some corporate savvy, eventually makes a breakthrough in using sonic waves to manipulate atoms to build complex things. The need a lot of gold to make this work on a large scale, so they get an investor. Eventually they succeed and the company owner gets wealthy. So wealthy that he makes many enemies and needs protection. This sonic builder device bootstraps other tech and then the story evolves into building high tech devices for the military industrial complex, and then moves on to eventually building a space elevator on the island of São Tomé.
My memory becomes vague at this point. There's much intrigue going on, where the owner of the company has enemies and has to move around the world and go into hiding, because people want to kill him. This might have been a second or third book in a series. I also remember that at some point they are able to transfer their consciousness into synthetic versions of themselves; in fact I think the owner of the company uses these synthetic versions of himself to meet with high level government officials from around the world, to facilitate the building of this space elevator.