"Keith F. Lynch" <k...@KeithLynch.net> wrote in
> Charles Packer <mai...@cpacker.org
>> First? I recall that private citizens have already paid
>> billionaire-caliber amounts of money to ride fully into orbit
>> (to the ISS, I think). But hey, the magic of journalism can of
>> course make that bit of history disappear from the public
>> consciousness for the purposes of the current Branson/Bezos
> To the best of my knowledge, none of the several space tourists
> were billionaires. Russia was selling rides into orbit for
> something like $20 million. I can't afford that. You can't
> afford that. Probably nobody on rasff can afford that. But
> plenty of non-billionaires can afford it.
The first space tourist was Dennis Tito, who is estimated to be worth
a billion dollars now. How much he was worth in 2001 I do not know.
The firth was Charles Simonyi in 2007, currently estimated to be
worth $5.8 billion, so it seems quite likely he was a billionaire 14
years ago, as well. He was also a space tourist in 2009, which
further suggests that $30 million was a fairly trivial amount of
money for thim.
Guy Laliberté (a co-founder of Cirque du Soleil went up in 2009, and
is estimated to be worth $1.2 billion as of June 2020.
So it seems extremely likely that even if we consider 50 miles to be
"in outer space,' Branson still isn't the "first billionaire in