Jeff Bezos — founder of Amazon and richest person on Earth (net worth: $202 billion) — will be the second billionaire astronaut. Music and airline magnate Richard Branson (net worth: “only” $5 billion) became the first billionaut earlier this month. And former Saturday Night Live host Elon Musk (net worth: $160 billion) is expected to space suit up soon.
Here’s an idea:
Billionauts must pay a modest (for them) fee to come back down to Earth. We can call it the Billionaire Astronaut Reentry Fee — BARF, for short. The BARF will be set at 10% of the billionaut’s net worth as estimated by Forbes’ “Real-Time Billionaire List” at the time of their launch.
If billionaires want to hurl themselves into space, they must pay a Billionaire Astronaut Reentry Fee (BARF) equal to 10% of their net worth as estimated by Forbes “Real-Time Billionaire List” at the time of their launch.
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