Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s first crewed spaceflight
A mystery bidder has paid $28m (£20m) for a seat on Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’s first crewed spaceflight by the billionaire’s Blue Origin company.
This winning bid was made at Saturday’s auction, with Blue Origin tweeting that the winner’s identity would be revealed in the coming weeks.
The bidding process attracted interest from more than 140 countries. The other two crew members of the 20 July flight are Mr. Bezos’ brother Mark and an unnamed space tourist.
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After a nearly month-long bidding process, the top bid had stood at just under $5m. But once Saturday’s online auction got underway that figure rose more than five times.
“The winning bid amount will be donated to Blue Origin’s foundation, @ClubforFuture,” Blue Origin tweeted.
We are so humbled by the outcome of today's auction and all it will do to inspire students to invent the future of life in space. https://t.co/NphgD5pUib— Club for the Future (@clubforfuture) June 12, 2021
Mr Bezos has a net worth of $186.2bn (£131.5bn), according to Forbes magazine. This makes him one of the world’s richest people.
“On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother,” he wrote in a post on Instagram earlier this week. “The greatest adventure, with my best friend.”