Fly me to the moon, says Japanese billionaire

Self-made fashion tycoon buys out SpaceX seats, will be first private citizen to make trip

Japan's 18th richest man is a college dropout turned self-made billionaire fashion tycoon who, if all goes to plan, will in 2023 become the first private citizen in the world to go to the moon.

Mr Yusaku Maezawa, the founder and chief executive of Japanese e-commerce giant Zozo, has bought all the seats on board the Big Falcon Rocket, which is the centrepiece of US entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX venture.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 14, 2018, with the headline 'Fly me to the moon, says Japanese billionaire'. Print Edition | Subscribe