The best day ever. That’s how the richest man on Earth describes his journey to the edge of space – although that odyssey took up only a fraction of his day. In fact, it took just 11 minutes from blast off to touch down but for Jeff Bezos and the three other people aboard the New Shepard rocket, it was as close to heaven as you can get.
“It was unbelievably good,” an ecstatic Jeff (57) says. “We’re a very happy crew.”
That crew consisted of his brother, Mark (53), a volunteer firefighter who does work for Blue Origin, Jeff’s space exploration business, Mary Wallace “Wally” Funk (82), who became the oldest person to travel to space, and Dutch teenager Oliver Daemen (18), the youngest person to go to space. Oliver’s dad, Joes Daemen, the billionaire owner of a private equity fund, bought his son’s ticket on auction for $28 million (R406m).