Days after revealing plans to send a passenger into space, flying around the Moon in 2023, SpaceX chief Elon Musk announced the name of mystery passenger who he wants to blast off as the first-ever private commercial space tourist – it is a Japanese billionaire, Yasaku Maezawa.
You might not have heard of his name unless you are in Japan or in archipelago and the art business, but the Japanese billionaire Yasaku Maezawa is all set to become famous as the first ever commercial space tourist who will fly by the moon with SpaceX. Elon Musk plans to send Yusaku into space aboard the SpaceX Big Falcon Rocket to mark first commercial manned mission to the moon and also world’s first private space trip. Let’s have a look into Maezawa’s colourful and ambitious life and interests as he gets ready for his holiday into space and around the moon.
Known for conformity, the 42-year-old Japanese business tycoon and billionaire Yasaku Maezawa has often managed to catch the limelight in Japan. After dropping from college and moving to the States to join a music band in his early youth, he founded an imported CD sales business called Start Today Co. while he was still in his 20s. Soon it became one of the largest e-commerce companies in the country and Yasaku is now the founder of a popular fashion mall chain called Zozotown. With a net worth of $2.9 billion, tons of celebrity friends, his flamboyant hobbies like zipping around in a private jet and owning fleets of premium cars – Yasaku has never been a low-key billionaire.
Yasaku is also a lavish spender of art, collecting works and designer items; in fact, he paid $110.5 million for Basquiat’s 1982 painting last year. And has also set a Basquiat auction record in 2016 by spending $57.3 million behind paintings and collectibles. The billionaire will now spend billions on a trip to space as he thinks it is a “way to inspire the dreamer in all of us” and considering his love for art, he plans to take artists along with himself. He plans to take six or eight artists, architects and designers with him and see what they might draw if they travel into space.