Space tourism is the buzzword. And media has been awash with news of Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa who will hitch the first SpaceX ride around the moon. He plans to invite as many as eight artists to join him, with even SpaceX founder Elon Musk possibly signing up for the space flight. Maezawa will fly on Space Exploration Technologies Corporation’s BFR rocket in 2023. He will be the first private passenger to make the journey that only two dozen astronauts have been on during the Apollo era that ended 46 years ago.
“SpaceX has signed the world’s first private passenger to fly around the Moon aboard our BFR launch vehicle—an important step toward enabling access for everyday people who dream of travelling to space,” SpaceX representatives announced on Twitter last week. And the name was announced a few days later. The company is going with the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR), based on the name of the existing Falcon rockets in the SpaceX fleet.
But who is this self-deprecating, artistically inclined entrepreneur who kept apologising for his English and talking about world peace? The 42-year-old Maezawa is the 18th richest person in Japan, with a fortune of $3 billion, according to Forbes magazine. He is a renowned art collector, having amassed a number valuable works of modern art, including a Jean-Michel Basquiat masterpiece worth $110.5 million, last year.
Maezawa started out selling CDs and records of his favourite bands by mail from his home and is now chief executive of Zozotown, an online e- platform that dominates Japan’s e-tail scene, selling international brands as well as its own private label, ZoZo. One of the brand’s most recent innovations is the ZoZo Suit, a body-measurement system that is being presented as an answer to the fashion industry’s sizing problem. “At ZoZo, you will never see the option to select a size on our website or find a size tag in your clothing. At ZoZo, we are building a size-free world,” says the company’s website.
The Fabulous Earth Life of a Billionaire Going to the Moon
The man’s Instagram flaunts all his lifestyle and the luxury he has earned for himself
His recent post was Patek Phillipee luxury watch, the collection of the designer starts from 7 lakhs onwards.
This painting, basiquiat’s 1982 ‘ untitiled’ priced at $110 Mn, the latest feather in Yusaku’s Cap.
Yusaku and his friends in his private jet
He also sports his collection of cars on various Instagram video of his
Well, if you earn like a billionaire, you gotta spend like a billionaire.