To be the brother of Jeff Bezos is an out-of-this-world experience.
Mark Bezos will join the Amazon founder in a trip to space with older brother Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, a rocket company with ambitions to reach the stars.
They will be joined on the first human flight of Blue Origin’s suborbital rocket system New Shepard by the winner of an auction that currently has a top bid of $2.8 million.
Mark Bezos has taken a circuitous route to his debut as a space traveler, which is scheduled for July 20.
He previously served as an advertising executive, having founded his own marketing agency and then sold it in the 2000s.
Mark Bezos seen on day two of Summit LA17 in Downtown Los Angeles's Historic Broadway Theater District on Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo: Amy Harris, Invision/AP)
Following his time in advertising, he became an executive at Robin Hood, a poverty-fighting charity in New York City. He has also gained attention for serving as a volunteer firefighter in Westchester County, New York, for more than a decade.
To space: Jeff Bezos and his brother are going to space on Blue Origin’s first human flight July 20
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More recently, he has been leading New York-based HighPost Capital, which investor tracker Crunchbase described as a private equity firm owned by the Bezos family. The firm “focused on opportunities with family-controlled and entrepreneur-led companies,” according to Reuters.
Contributing: Brett Molina
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