The second richest man in the world and his brother are going into space next month – and a super rich auction winner.
Amazon founder Jeff Bezos said in an Instagram post that he had dreamed of going into space since he was five and that his brother Mark would be with him.
The trip will be the first ever trip by the multi-billion dollar rocket company Blue Origin.
Bezos, who has an estimated net worth of more than $ 186 billion, wrote, “I’ve dreamed of going into space since I was five years old.
“On July 20th I will take this trip with my brother.”
In a video posted on social media, the businessman said, “I want to do this flight because I’ve wanted to do it all my life.”
Mark Bezos said he was stunned by the invitation and said on a video posted by his brother, “I didn’t even expect him to say he would be on the first flight.
“What a remarkable opportunity not only to experience this adventure, but to do it with my best friend.”
More than 5,000 people have bid for a place on the rocket – with the highest bid being $ 2.8 million – just under £ 2 million, according to Blue Origin.
The process lasts until June 10th and ends in a final phase on June 12th with a live online auction.
The company plans its first suborbital sightseeing trip with its spacecraft on July 20, a milestone in a competition that heralds a new era in private commercial space travel.