12 Things You Didn’t Know About South African Millionaire Mark Shuttleworth

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Written by Peter Pedroncelli

Mark Shuttleworth in space
Mark Shuttleworth in space – bloomberg.com

First African in space

In 2002, Shuttleworth became the first African in space and only the second private citizen to self-fund a space-trip. He paid $20 million and trained for a year, with much of that time spent in Russia, before joining the Soyuz TM-34 crew that visited the International Space Station.