Meet SpaceX’s First Moon Tourist, Yusaku Maezawa
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On Monday, Sep. 17, 2018, Elon Musk announced that SpaceX will be sending its first private passenger (the first paying customer), a Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, on a trip around the moon. The Space X Falcon Rocket is scheduled to make the trip in 2023. Maezawa and Space X Founder Elon Musk announced this at Space X Los Angeles headquarter.
Yusaku Maezawa made his fortune via online fashion retail website Zozotown. The 42-year old Maezawa will be boarding SpaceX’s Big Falcon Rocket in 2023, bringing along eight hand picked artists from around the world. He will fly onboard a SpaceX BFR rocket, which is currently in development. The flight is slated to take place no earlier than 2023 with a duration of nearly six days. He will take six to eight artists with him as a part of an art project he has created called #dearMoon.
The Japanese billionaire paid an undisclosed amount to ride on the company’s new Big Falcon Rocket, which SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said will cost $5 billion and could be ready as early as 2023. Mireya Villarreal reports, below, in video “Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa book first SpaceX moon voyage“:
Yusaku Maezawa (前澤 友作 Maezawa Yūsaku, born 22 November 1975) is a Japanese billionair eentrepreneur and art collector. He founded Start Today in 1998 and launched the online fashion retail website Zozotown, now Japan’s largest, in 2004. Most recently, Maezawa introduced a custom-fit apparel brand ZOZO and at-home measurement system, the ZOZOSUIT, in 2018.  As of May 2017 he is estimated by Forbes to have a net worth of $3.6 billion and is the 14th richest person in Japan.
In 1998, Maezawa used the basis of the mail-order album business to launch the company Start Today. The same year, his band signed with the label BMG Japan. By 2000, Start Today had moved to an online platform, had begun selling clothing, and had become a public company. In 2001, Maezawa declared a hiatus on his music career. Start Today opened the retail clothing website Zozotown in 2004, and six years later, Start Today became a publicly traded company, listed on the “Mothers” Index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. By 2012, Start Today was listed in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
Maezawa recently introduced ZOZO, a custom-fit clothing brand and the ZOZOSUIT, an at-home measurement system, in over 72 countries and territories.
Maezawa is the founder of the Tokyo-based Contemporary Art Foundation, which he started in 2012 with a goal of “supporting young artists as a pillar of the next generation of contemporary art.” The Contemporary Art Foundation currently hosts collection shows twice a year. In May 2016 Maezawa attracted significant media attention with a record purchase price at auction of $57.3 million for an untitled work by Jean-Michel Basquiat, and broke a record again in May 2017 with a $110.5 million auction for a piece by the same artist. At the same 2016 auction, Maezawa bought pieces by Bruce Nauman, Alexander Calder, Richard Prince, and Jeff Koons, spending a total of $98 million over two days. Maezawa plans to open a contemporary art museum in Chiba, which will house his collection.
Photographed, gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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