Japanese billionaire is SpaceX’s Moon tourist

Yusaku Maezawa revealed as first tourist who will fly on a SpaceX rocket around the Moon

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa speaks after SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk announced him as the person who would be the first private passenger on a trip around the moon, Monday, Sept. 17, 2018, in Hawthorne, Calif.

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Hawthorne: Japanese billionaire businessman, online fashion tycoon and art collector Yusaku Maezawa was revealed Monday as the first tourist who will fly on a SpaceX rocket around the Moon.

“I choose to go to the Moon,” the 42-year-old said to cheers and applause at SpaceX headquarters in California, after being introduced by the aerospace company’s CEO Elon Musk.

Maezawa is the 18th richest person in Japan with a fortune of $3 billion, according to Forbes magazine.

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