Southern California-based SpaceX founder Elon Musk announced Monday that Japanese entrepreneur Yusaku Maezawa will be the first private citizen to purchase a ticket on a lunar mission. Maezawa vowed to invite as many as eight artists to join him on the journey, which is expected to lift off sometime in 2023.

Yusaku Maezawa

Who is Yusaku Maezawa?Age: 42

Nationality: Japanese

Net worth: $3 billion

Education: Skipped college to move to the U.S. with his girlfriend, where he started collecting record albums and CDs.

Career: Founded the E-commerce company StartToday in 1998. Launched Zozotown in 2004, which has become Japans largest fashion retailer. Introduced custom-fit clothing-measurement system, ZozoSuit, earlier this year.

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Interests: A music lover, his CD and record collection provided the spark for this first financial endeavor, a mail-order music company. He collects high-profile contemporary art and served as founder of the Tokyo-based Contemporary Art Foundation. He paid a record-setting $110.5 million for a Jean-Michel Basquiat painting in January.

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