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.
Who is Yusaku Maezawa?Age: 42
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.
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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Sources: SpaceX, NASA, Space.com