Meet the world’s richest people who are paying $55 million each to fly on Elon Musk’s SpaceX rocket.

Jan 27, 2021

By: BI India Bureau

Former NASA astronaut Michael Lopez-Alegria will lead the first private space flight in Jan 2022.

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Michael Lopez-Alegria, who now works for Houston-based Axiom Space, will be the commander.

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One of the first private passengers in Larry Connor, a real estate and tech entrepreneur from Dayton, Ohio.

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Connor owns real estate investment firm with $3 billion worth of assets, a Dayton news site reported.

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Canadian financier Mark Pathy, non-executive chairman of Stingray group, is also part of the crew.

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50-year old Pathy has publicly disclosed wealth of over $22 million and runs a media and entertainment biz

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Watch out for 62-year old Eytan Stibbe, a former fighter pilot turned businessman in Israel.

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Stibbe is the founder of the Vital Capital Fund that backs projects in Africa.

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There is already controversy surrounding Stibbe’s space trip in Israel.

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Critics say Stibbe made his fortune selling arms to communists in war-torn Angola, Times of Israel reported.

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Each of the private astronauts had to pass medical tests and will get 15 weeks of training.

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Axiom plans about two private missions a year to the space station.

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Axiom also is working to launch its own live-in compartments to the station beginning in 2024

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