Mr. Bezos is bringing alongside his youthful brother. Mark Bezos, 50, has lived a extra non-public life. He’s a co-founder and normal associate at HighPost Capital, a non-public fairness agency. Mark Bezos beforehand labored as head of communications on the Robin Hood Basis, a charity that aids anti-poverty efforts in New York Metropolis.
Blue Origin auctioned off one of many seats, with the proceeds going to Membership for the Future, a space-focused charity based by Mr. Bezos. The profitable bidder paid $28 million — and we nonetheless have no idea who that was.
Final week, the corporate introduced that the public sale winner had determined to attend till a subsequent flight “attributable to scheduling conflicts.”
As an alternative, Oliver Daemen, an 18-year-old scholar from the Netherlands who was one of many runners-up within the public sale, and who had bought a ticket on the second New Shepard flight, was bumped up.
The fourth passenger is Mary Wallace Funk — she goes by Wally — a pilot who within the Nineteen Sixties was amongst a gaggle of girls who handed the identical rigorous standards that NASA used for choosing astronauts.