Billionaires in space … Right now, Jeff Bezos is preparing to travel in space aboard a spaceship from Blue Origin, the company he founded 20 years ago and which promises to be one of the world leaders in space travel . And while the news may seem overwhelming, the truth is that Jeff Bezos is not the first to attempt to go into space, as other rich people have done so before him. Jeff Bezos, on the other hand, is not the only one waiting for his trip. Other billionaires are on the waiting list for these once-in-a-lifetime trips that are just the beginning of everything the future holds.
Billionaires who have already been in space
Charles Simonyi is responsible for the platforms we use every day to work. The man developed the first versions of Microsoft Office and with the wealth created decided in 2007 to go into space, being the fifth space tourist in history and the second local Hungarian to make a trip of this kind. In fact one trip was not enough and in March 2009 he made the second trip. Both were made on the Russian spacecraft Soyous, by Space Adventures, departing from the International Space Station. According to Forbeswhich both cost him about $ 60 million.
Guy Laliberté is best known as the co-founder of Cirque du Soleil, but he is also an entrepreneur (and even a poker player), generating a fortune that makes him one of the richest Canadians. In September 2009, the husband followed Simonyi’s example by taking a Soyuz for a space trip. To do this, he had to go through a special training for several months and pay 35 million for the ticket. He described the landing as a car accident and said he would like to return.
Billionaires who will go into space
As we have already mentioned, Jeff Bezos will be another of the billionaires who will be able to travel in space, being the first to travel on a ship created by his company. Bezos will travel to Blue Origin New Shepard in July this year.
Jared Isaacman is a billionaire entrepreneur, founder and CEO of Shift4 Payments, a payment processor (which he started when he was 16 years old). The man will not only go as a tourist, but will be the commander of the first entirely civilian mission in space. His voyage will be aboard the Elon Musk SpaceX Dragon spacecraft in September this year and one of his companions will be Hayley Arceneaux, a 29-year-old bone cancer survivor. In fact, part of the travel mission is to raise awareness at St. Louis Children’s Research Hospital. Jude in Memphis, Tennessee, where she works as a medical assistant.
Yusaku Maezawa is the founder of Zozotown, which has become one of the most successful fashion supermarkets in Japan, and he has already planned two space trips. In 2018, Elon Musk announced that the billionaire would be the first private client to orbit the moon, flying in SpaceX Starship sometime in 2023. However, the man appears to be anxious and bought a trip in December 2021 with a Soyuz in Space. Aventurat.
British mogul Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, also has his own spaceship project and will be part of Virgin Galactic’s third test flight. They hope to take passengers a few miles above the Earth’s surface. The husband will travel later this year, but no specific date has been mentioned. When the project is fully operational, it will have celebrities like Tom Hanks and Angelina Jolie, who have already bought tickets for the future.
Sergey Brin is one of the founders of Google and one of the richest people in the world. He has also invested in Space Adventures, so when private travel resumes (starting with Maezawa), Brin will have the opportunity to make his dream space trip.
Tyler and Cameron Winklevoss
The Winklevoss twins, who have generated a fortune through BitCoin, are among the billionaires who have booked a flight with Virgin Galactic. Although they have been waiting for a while since they bought their ticket, their trip may arrive soon.
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