The Amazon founder and richest man on Earth blasted into space on Blue Origin’s New Shepard rocket Tuesday morning with three crewmates which included his brother Mark Bezos as well as the oldest and youngest people ever to fly into space – 82-year-old pioneering female aviator Wally Funk and Oliver Daemen, 18, a physics student. Daemen, whose seat was paid for by his father, Joes Daemen, CEO of Somerset Capital Partners, was put on the crew after the winner of an anonymous $28 million auction for the flight had to postpone due to a scheduling conflict.
American business magnate, media proprietor, and investor, Jeffrey Preston Bezos has stepped down from his role as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Amazon after nearly three decades at the helm. The leading world’s richest man according to Forbes is estimated to be worth nearly $202 billion. Bezos who joined the billionaire list in 1998 will remain as Amazon’s executive chairman even as he turns over the reins to Amazon Web Services chief Andy Jassy.
NASA picked Elon Musk’s SpaceX to receive $2.9 billion to build a lunar lander as part of the Artemis mission to send humans to the Moon by 2024, the agency announced today. It’s a major vote of confidence in SpaceX from NASA — as no other company received the money. The contract between NASA and SpaceX is expected to be signed on May 1.
Nigeria and Africa’s leading financial technology company Flutterwave have teamed up with US payments giant, Paypal to enable users anywhere in the world to make direct payment to African merchants. In 2017, Africa eCommerce value totalled $16.5 billion and it is expected to reach $29 billion by 2022. Flutterwave has exploited this economy area in Africa by offering flexible, quick and affordable payment services to individuals and businesses across the continent.
Co-founder and CEO of Microsoft William Henry Gates III have been advised by Microsoft Corp. board members to step down from its board after an investigation led into the billionaire’s prior romantic relationship with a female Microsoft employee that was deemed inappropriate. Some Microsoft directors began an investigation in 2019 into woman’s allegations of prior sexual relationship with Bill Gates. During the probe, some board members decided it was no longer suitable for Mr Gates to sit as a director at the software company he started and led for decades, the people said.