Billionaire Jeff Bezos followed in the footsteps of fellow business tycoon Richard Branson this afternoon as he blasted off into space.
Sharing his trip on the New Shepard rocket with his brother Mark, 82-year-old Wally Funk and 18-year-old physics student Oliver Daemen, 57-year-old Bezos and crew landed back safely minutes later.
While Mrs Funk became the oldest person ever to travel to space, Mr Daemen was the youngest, after taking on a last-minute space on the flight.
Among the excitement of the passengers on board and spectators watching their loved ones head up out of Earth’s atmosphere, there were no doubt a few nerves thrown in.
As the four descended back to Earth after their ground breaking trip, the recently-divorced Amazon tycoon’s children were there to welcome him – as was his new beau, Lauren Sanchez.
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As soon as he stepped off the rocket he went straight over to Lauren, who tearfully planted a kiss on his cheek while embracing her love.
Lauren, 51, was revealed as Bezos’s new beau just hours after his divorce from MacKenzie Scott was announced – and for many she was already a familiar face.
Sanchez has an impressive career of her own, starting as a news reporter and TV anchor on the FOX11 channel in the US. She received several Emmy nominations for her work in front of the camera over the years.
More recently, the talented mum-of-three has also turned her hand to flying, and has trained as a helicopter pilot.
She also has an IMDB page which reveals several film and TV roles – including playing a TV anchor in the film Fight Club.
Friends for years
Before romance blossomed, Lauren and Jeff had been friends for years.
Slightly awkwardly, it’s believed that it was actually Lauren’s then-husband, Patrick Whitesell, who introduced them.
The pair had been married since 2005 but reportedly split the autumn before Sanchez was revealed to be dating Bezos.
At the time, Whitesell was the co-CEO of Hollywood talent agency WME. In the book ‘Amazon Unbound’, Brad Stone suggests Bezos and Sanchez had reconnected at an event for the film Manchester by the Sea in 2016.
Since revealing they were in a relationship to the world in January 2019, the couple have been spotted out and about several times and appear to be just as infatuated with each other as they were when they first got together.
In December 2019, Bezos is thought to have thrown a luxury 50th birthday party for his beau with guests including Katy Perry and Orlando Bloom in attendance.