The Japanese billionaire… goes by Yusaku Maezawa and is a rock star turned fashion entrepreneur. Now, not only is Maezawa a fashion mogul, but he is set to become the first-ever “moon tourist.” SpaceX just announced that Maezawa has a seat aboard the Big Falcon Rocket to take a trip around the moon as soon as 2023.
How he got so effing rich… Maezawa decided to skip college (because who needs it?) and follow his then-girlfriend to the United States. In the US, Maezawa started collecting CDs and vinyl records and eventually, went into the business of selling CDs and vinyls by mail from Japan after returning in 1995. In 1998, Maezawa launched Start Today; a mail-order music business. Eventually, Start Today started selling clothing, and it was such a hit, the fashion arm of the company was spun off into Zozotown.
Zozotown was so good… that Vogue even dubbed it ‘a cross between Net-a-Porter and Amazon.’ And unlike other CEO billionaires in Japan, Maezawa doesn’t wear suits and likes to have fun – he even delivered his company’s yearly results dressed as a mushroom. And nowadays, this guy runs a company, collects art, and apparently, flies around the moon. I think we all need to be a little more like Yusaku Maezawa.