Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa who will fly on SpaceX’s first trip to the Moon recently announced his break-up with a Japanese actress. Mr Maezawa is now accepting applications from “single women aged 20 or over” who want to enjoy life to the fullest.
The matchmaking exercise is believed to be prepared for a show to be streamed over the internet.
The flamboyant entrepreneur said he agreed to the idea due to loneliness in middle age.
Mr Maezawa said: “I have lived exactly as I’ve wanted to until now.
“I’m 44 now. As feelings of loneliness and emptiness slowly begin to surge upon me, there’s one thing that I think about: continuing to love one woman.”
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk revealed in 2018 how Mr Maezawa would be SpaceX’s first civilian passenger.
Mr Maezawa said he initially felt both “embarrassment and pride” and actually considered rejecting Musk’s offer but decided to accept after realising the opportunity might not come around again.
He said the decision prompted him to “seriously face up to the idea of continuing to love one woman,” something he had previously only had a “hazy image” about.
The retail mogul added he wanted to “shout our love and world peace from outer space” with his future partner.
Applicants have to be single women aged 20 or over, to be considered.
They also need to have a “bright personality”, always be positive, be interested in going to space and be able to take part in the preparation for the trip, to “want to enjoy life to the fullest” and be someone who “wishes for world peace.”
Mr Maezawa recently split from his girlfriend, 27-year-old actress Ayame Goriki and is reported to be divorced.
The entrepreneur started out as a drummer for a rock band Switch Style and sold CDs by mail from his home before setting up Zozotown in 1998, which gained a market worth of £11.5billion ($15billion).
Maezawa sold the company to Japanese conglomerate Softbank Group last year, stepping down as CEO but his net worth stands at £1.54billion ($2billion).
He recently launched a giveaway on Twitter for a second time, offering to share £6.9 million (¥1billion) between 1,000 people, as part of a social experiment to test whether the money would make recipients happier.
Mr Maezawa is due to announce the winners over Twitter this week.