Amazon.com, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN) founder Jeff Bezos successfully reached space on Tuesday morning, becoming the second high-profile billionaire to make the journey aboard a private commercial flight this month.
What Happened? Bezos and his brother Mark Bezos rode to space aboard the New Shepard rocket Tuesday morning, the first crewed mission by Bezos’ Blue Origin.
Bezos’ flight came less than two weeks after Virgin Galactic Holdings Inc (NYSE: SPCE) founder Sir Richard Branson won the billionaire space race by successfully completing the trip aboard Virgin’s VSS Unity rocket-powered spaceplane.
Why It’s Important: From a historical perspective, Bezos’ journey set several records. Bezos, who is the world’s wealthiest man with an estimated net worth of $203.7 billion, is now the wealthiest man ever to travel to space. In addition, New Shepard passengers Wally Funk (age 82)…