First tourist scheduled to fly around the moon is a car collector

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Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who will be the first tourist to fly around the moon with SpaceX, is an avid car collector. He is shown sitting in this photo sitting in his Pagani. | Instagram photo/@yusaku2020
Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa, who will be the first tourist to fly around the moon with SpaceX, is an avid car collector. He is shown sitting in this photo sitting in his Pagani. | Instagram photo/@yusaku2020

The first tourist that will be taken to outer space aboard a SpaceX rocket is also a car collector and owns some of this planet’s most expensive rides, both late-model and classic.

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa primarily made his money on the internet: His website, Zozotown, is the largest online retail outlet in Japan and he recently launched Zozosuit, a made-to-measure suit business.

He also dabbles in the art world and has spent millions on paintings over the years — sometimes in a single weekend — which he plans to house in a museum.

But the real works of art are sitting in Maezawa’s garage. His Instagram page shows a Bugatti Chiron, a Mercedes-Mayback G650 Landaulet and an Aston Martin ONE-77, among a slew of other absurdly expensive cars.

 

 
 
 
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#buggati #chiron #bugattichiron #thisisart

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But his collection isn’t limited to today’s cars. A few posts showed some classics in the mix, including a Bugatti Type 35.

 

 
 
 
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#bugatti #t35 乗らせてもらった!

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Money doesn’t seem to be an issue for Maezawa, who paid a massive sum for the SpaceX flight around the moon planned for 2023 (at the earliest). SpaceX founder Elon Musk, himself a billionaire, told Reuters that Maezawa paid “much higher” than the $110 million he spent on a single painting.

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We’ll let Maezawa’s head sit in the stars. Instead, we’ll be here on Earth envying his car collection.

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Carter Nacke is a graduate of the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He began his career at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix, the largest news radio station in Arizona, where he specialized in breaking news and politics. A burgeoning interest in classic cars took him to the Journal in 2018. He's still on the hunt for his dad's old 1969 Camaro.

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