Updated: July 27, 2021 9:43:42 am
Oliver Daemen, who became the youngest space traveller at 18, seems to have surprised Jeff Bezos when he told him that he had never ordered anything from Amazon.
The Dutch teenager went along with Bezos, his brother Mark Bezos and 82-year-old woman aviator Wally Funk on a 10-minute trip beyond Earth’s atmosphere. The space trip was funded by selling stock worth billions of dollars of Bezos’s online delivery business Amazon, Reuters reported.
In an interview with the news agency, Daemen said, “I told Jeff, like, I have actually never bought something from Amazon. And he was like, ‘oh, wow, it’s a long time ago I heard someone say that’.”
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Oliver Daemen, the Dutch teenager on Jeff Bezos’ space flight, revealed to the billionaire he has never ordered anything on https://t.co/DMbqWLBM88. Daemen said Bezos replied, ‘Oh, wow, it was a long time ago I heard someone say that’ https://t.co/ARTfvTuJYc pic.twitter.com/2Yhhv5RTiB
— Reuters (@Reuters) July 26, 2021
For Daemen, the opportunity to join the flight came after another candidate, who was bidding $28 million for the ride, decided to cancel at the last minute. “They called and said: Are you still interested?’ and we were like ‘Yes! Yes! Yes!'” said Daemen, who was on a family vacation in Italy when he got the call.
Intrigued by space travel since childhood, Daemen got his pilot’s licence at a young age and tracked the development of space exploration companies like Blue Origin, the news website reported. “We didn’t pay even close to $28 million, but they chose me because I was the youngest and I was also a pilot and I also knew quite a lot about it already.”
The fact that Daemen has never ordered anything from Amazon surprised not only founder Bezos but netizens as well.
— Blue Cat (@coxad1449) July 26, 2021
— andrewcheongster (@andrewCFS) July 26, 2021
Bezos doesn’t care. He takes one look at his bank balance and says, “whatever”.
— My mommy says I’m special (Duane Gundrum) (@DuaneGundrum) July 26, 2021
Well, he’s Dutch. He doesn’t live in America. They don’t use Amazon there. #duh
— Geesedude (@grenadetrade) July 26, 2021
Bezos taken for a ride!
— Soma (@bd_soma) July 26, 2021
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