When Elon Musk announced that he’s going to be sending the first private passenger to the moon, he also revealed the name of the first moon tourist ever: Japanese billionaire: Yusaku Maezawa. Elon Musk’s company SpaceX plans to take the first private passenger to the moon in 2023 which will make this the first the first lunar journey by humans since 1972.
A space voyage for the love of art
A rocket full of artists
There’s not one reason the flight to the moon is a very special one: this time it’ll be a rocket full of artists. Yusaku Maezawa says
“I choose to go to the Moon with artists.”
This is not just because Yusaku Maezawa is an art lover himself. The Japanese billionaire wants these artists to come back to earth so they can create art. Maezawa calls his mission “dear moon”.
“These artists will be asked to create something after they return to Earth, and these masterpieces will inspire the dreamer within all of us,” says Yusaku Maezawa.
Yasaku Maezawa: a drummer-come-billionaire
Moon’s first tourist was a drummer in a hardcore punk band making this factor the initial reason for his fame. In 1998, he also began selling rare CDs and records through a company he founded. He left his band at the age of 25 to concentrate on his business idea. Today his company is one of e-commerce’s biggest startups known as Start Today.
“I was president of my company while touring around the country with the band,” said the e-commerce billionaire,
“When it became physically impossible to handle both, I chose my company – that was around when I was 25 or 26.”
His company gained popularity after it launched a bodysuit that could be used by Start Today’s consumers to upload their exact body measurements to the clothes shopping site. When Yusaku Maezawa was in his mid-30s, he was already a self-made billionaire and is today the 8th richest man in Japan with a net worth of $2.9bn.