Yusaku Maezawa Biography
Yusaku Maezawa Bio
|Yusaku Maezawa was born on 22nd November 1975. He is a Japanese billionaire entrepreneur and art collector. He is the founder of Start Today established in 1998 and launched the online fashion retail website Zozotown, now Japan’s largest, in 2004. In 2018 Maezawa introduced a custom-fit apparel brand ZOZO and at-home measurement system, the ZOZOSUIT, in 2018. As of March 2018, he is estimated by Forbes to have a net worth of $2.7 billion and is the 14th richest person in Japan. In May 2017, his net worth was estimated at $3.6 billion.
At a press conference on 17 September 2018, SpaceX announced that Maezawa would be the first commercial passenger to fly around the Moon on their BFR rocket, accompanied by 6 to 8 artists of his choosing. The flight is planned to take place in 2023.
|Yusaku Maezawa Native Name||前澤 友作|
|Yusaku Maezawa Age||He was born on 22 November 1975Kamagaya, Chiba refecture, Japan|
|Yusaku Maezawa Net worth||US$2.7 billion (March 2018)|
|Yusaku Maezawa Wife||Divorced|
|Yusaku Maezawa Children||1|
|Yusaku Maezawa Residence||Chiba Prefecture, Japan|
|Yusaku Maezawa Nationality||Japanese|
|Years active||1998 to present|
|Organization||Start Today, Zozotown, ZOZO|
Yusaku Maezawa Early life and Education
Maezawawent to school at Waseda Jitsugyo High in 1991, where he started up a band with his classmates called Switch Style. The band released their first EP in 1993. After graduating from high school, he decided not to go to college; instead, he moved to the US with a girlfriend, where he started collecting CDs and records. When he returned to Japan in 1995, his album collection became the basis for his first company, which sold imported albums and CDs through the mail.
Yusaku Maezawa Business
In 1998, Maezawa used the basis of the mail-order album business to launch the company Start Today. The same year, his band signed with the label BMG Japan. By 2000, Start Today had moved to an online platform, had begun selling clothing, and had become a public company. In 2001, Maezawa declared a hiatus on his music career. Start Today opened the retail clothing website Zozotown in 2004, and six years later, Start Today became a publicly traded company, listed on the “Mothers” Index of the Tokyo Stock Exchange. By 2012, Start Today was listed in the First Section of the Tokyo Stock Exchange.
In 2018, Maezawa introduced ZOZO, a custom-fit clothing brand, and the ZOZOSUIT, an at-home measurement system, in over 72 countries and territories.
Yusaku Maezawa Contemporary Art Foundation
Maezawa is the founder of the Tokyo-based Contemporary Art Foundation, which he started in 2012 with a goal of “supporting young artists as a pillar of the next generation of contemporary art.” The Contemporary Art Foundation currently hosts collection shows twice a year. In May 2016 Maezawa attracted significant media attention with a record purchase price at auction of $57.3 million for an untitled work by Jean-Michel Basquiat and broke a record again in May 2017 with a $110.5 million auction for a piece by the same artist. At the same 2016 auction, Maezawa bought pieces by Bruce Nauman, Alexander Calder, Richard Prince, and Jeff Koons, spending a total of $98 million over two days. Maezawa plans to open a contemporary art museum in Chiba, which will house his collection.
Maezawa’s dream is to buy up works of art and display them in his own private museum in his hometown of Chiba prefecture.
Yusaku Maezawa Circumlunar flight
In September 2018, it was announced that Maezawa would be the first commercial passenger to attempt a flyby around the Moon. He will fly onboard the SpaceX BFR rocket, which is currently in development. The flight is slated to take place no earlier than 2023 with a duration of nearly six days. He will take six to eight artists with him as a part of an art project he has created called #dearMoon.
Yusaku Maezawa Girlfriends
Maezawa has dated Talento Saeko (31), a Japanese actress, model and TV personality. The two were reported have started dating in 2015 until they ended their relationship on 2017.
On the 26th April 2018, on the issue of ‘Josei Seven,’ it was reported that actress and model Gouriki Ayame (26) is in a relationship with Maezawa Yusaku. On the same day, Maezawa tweeted, “I pretended to be her manager and walked behind her while holding her purse, but it’s been exposed. But we are serious! By the way, I’ve been a fan of hers since a long time ago.”