A growing group of Earthlings are regrouping in an effort to keep Jeff Bezos off the planet, after he leaves in late July.
As of Monday morning, more than 77,000 people had signed a petition on Change.org demanding that the founder of Amazon not return to Earth after participating in the first manned space flight launched by his company Blue Origin.
” Billionaire [sic] should not exist… on earth, or in space, but if they decide on the latter, they should stay there ”, said the description accompanying the petition, which was addressed“ to the proletariat ”.
In May, Bezos was named the second richest person in the world, with a net worth of $ 186 billion.
Earlier this month, he announced that he and his brother Mark would be on the first human flight of the New Shepard, a spacecraft built by his company Blue Origin. The July 20 flight will last 11 minutes and send six passengers 62 miles above Earth.
Mark Bezos is a co-founder of private equity firm HighPost Capital, according to LinkedIn, and a director of the Bezos Family Foundation. He is also a volunteer firefighter in Westchester County, New York.
Jeff Bezos has long been criticized for being stingy with his wealth. In January, political analyst Earl Ofari Hutchinson wrote that while Donald Trump had given up more than 3% of his fortune, Bezos had given up less than 1%. Bezos’ ex-wife MacKenzie Scott has donated billions.
Bezos was also convicted of stagnant wages and for discouraging Amazon workers from unionizing.
Blue Origin sold its first seat on its first manned space flight on June 12, for $ 28 million and after more than 7,500 people signed up to bid. The name of the winner will be announced soon, along with the name of the last member of the crew.
The trip will come 15 days after Bezos stepped down from his role as CEO of Amazon and transitioned to the chairmanship of the board. Andy Jassy, Head of Amazon Web Services, will take over.
In a February memo to employees, Bezos said the change would give him “the time and energy I need to focus on Day 1, the Bezos Earth Fund, Blue Origin, the Washington Post and my others. passions ”.
Bezos bought the Post for $ 250 million in 2013.
In a recent Instagram video, the 57-year-old said he has dreamed of space travel since he was five.
“If you see Earth from space, it changes you,” Bezos said. “It changes your relationship with this planet, with humanity. It is an Earth. It’s an adventure.