Jeff Bezos is going to space for 11 minutes. Here's how risky that is

Jeff Bezos can have anything. He could circle the globe in a private jet or sail it forever in a fleet of megayachts. He could afford to buy a the whole NFL; he could buy an archipelago for his family and friends; he could buy over 65,000 Bugatti Chirons (base price US$2.9 million), even though only 500 are being built.

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