Let’s face it, very few people would pass on the opportunity to go to space. Unfortunately, not everyone can afford such a trip. Although for many years space travel has been a luxury reserved exclusively for astronauts, Richard Branson’s space tourism project has made it possible
Born on 18th July 1950 in Surrey, England, Branson lived an average life until he decided to drop out of school at the age of 16. This decision led to the birth of Virgin Records, Branson’s first major business project. Virgin records successfully helped Branson venture into many other sectors, making him the billionaire he is today. Virgin Group currently has over 200 companies under its belt including Virgin Galactic, the space tourism arm of Virgin Airlines. With an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion, he was among the few people who could actually dare and afford to fund space travel singlehandedly.
This concept is more popular among the rich and famous because of the cost implication of travelling to space. It costs approximately $200,000 or more to spend 15 minutes in space inside Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. This cost is way beyond the reach of most folks. Popularly recognized for his adventurous behavior, Branson's latest project definitely cements his image and reputation as one of the boldest billionaires on the planet.
The suborbital journey is expected to take place early 2014. Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo already has rich and famous celebrities on its debut passenger manifest. The first space tourism flight is expected to be occupied by the wealthiest celebrities given the fact that ticket prices restrict many. Your favorite actor, musician and TV personality among many other celebrities could very well be on the first space tourism flight.
If you are interested in knowing which celebrities have booked a ticket to space, you are in the right place. Below is a list of 10 celebrities who are going to space in 2014.
10 Stephen Hawking: Net Worth $20 Million
Theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking is one of the world's most famous scientists. Hawking did not purchase a ticket, as he received a special invitation from Richard Branson himself. He will travel to space free of charge as Branson’s special guest aboard Virgin Atlantic SpaceShipTwo. Hawking has an estimated net worth of $20 million according to the latest estimates.
9 Russell Brand and Katy Perry: Combined Net Worth $70 Million
Although Russell Brand and Katy Perry divorced in 2012 after two years of marriage, they are expected to be among the celebrities traveling to space in 2014. Perry reportedly bought her ex-husband a ticket aboard the Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo as a gift, as well as a ticket for herself. We can only wait and see what this historic trip will bring the famous pair.
8 Kate Winslet: Net Worth $90 Million
Kate Winslet will also enjoy a free ride to space after being given a ticket by Branson. Winslet, who is currently married to Branson's nephew, is well known for her role in the hit movie Titanic alongside renowned actor Leornardo DiCaprio. Branson gave her a free ticket after she rescued his mother from a fire incident which threatened to destroy Branson’s Necker Island home. She will definitely be among the few Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo celebrities enjoying a free ride to space.
7 Justin Bieber: Net Worth $140 Million
Canadian pop musician and songwriter Justin Bieber will also be going to space when the first Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo leaves. Bieber has booked a flight for himself and his manager Scooter Braun at a cost of over $400,000. After booking the tickets, Bieber reportedly tweeted that he wants to hold a concert in space. NASA responded to his tweet by offering to help him achieve this goal.
6 Ashton Kutcher: Net Worth $140 Million
5 Leonardo DiCaprio: Net Worth $200 Million
4 Victoria Principal: Net Worth $200 Million
American actress Victoria Principal will be one of the lucky ones traveling early this year. She bought herself a ticket in 2013 in an effort to be among the first celebrities in the world to visit space. According to sources close to her, she is extremely proud of being part of a pioneering space tourism adventure.With an estimated net worth of $200 million, she can afford a ticket comfortably and many more for friends on this historical flight.
3 Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie: Combined Net Worth $310 Million
Hollywood power couple Brangelina have also signed up for one of the many Virgin Galactic space flights expected to start in 2014. Both known for staring in many hit movies separately and as a couple. Their combined net worth of $310 million (Brad: $170 million; Angelina: $140 million) is enough to buy tickets for their entire family let a lone two seats. The couple will definately enjoy this experience considering they love travelling together.
2 Tom Hanks: Net Worth $350 Million
Tom Hanks won’t be left behind in this historic tourism adventure. The renowned American actor, director and producer was among the first Hollywood celebrities to book a seat on the flight. It's not clear if he will be accompanied by his wife Rita Wilson. Nevertheless, the experience will be nothing short of amazing for this Hollywood superstar.
1 Richard Branson: Net Worth $4.2 Billion
Richard Branson will obviously be on the first flight to space given the fact that he is the Founder of Virgin Galactic Group and the visionary behind this trip. Branson never shy’s away from fun, exciting and adventurous opportunities like this, especially since the trip has been in the works for years. His presence on the maiden space tourism flight definitely instills a lot of trust and confidence in the whole event. Surely this experience will be nothing short of fulfilling for Branson and all passengers. It will definitely make history when the first Virgin Galactic flight heads to space this year.