Yusaku Maezawa was born in Japan's eastern Chiba prefecture in 1975.
He started an indie rock group called Switch Style, and released an EP in 1995.
He went by the stage name YOU X SUCK and played the drums.
He had a passion for collecting CD's and records, and began a CD and record mail-order business in 1995.
He decided early on that he did not want to become a white-collar worker in Japan "after seeing all the tired faces on my morning commutes."
Source: The Daily Beast
After announcing a hiatus from music, his company moved to an online platform and began selling clothing.
His companies, which include online clothing retailers Zozotown and Wear, are among Japan’s largest.
Maezawa introduced a customized clothing brand called ZOZO, which sends customers an at-home measurement system, in July.
採寸ボディースーツ「ZOZOSUIT」を無料配布します。ZOZOTOWNにて予約開始。一瞬であなたの体型を採寸できます。プライベートブランドでの活用はもちろん、ZOZOTOWNでのお買い物も圧倒的に便利に。川上から川下まで、ボディーデータ利用でファッション産業を新次元に導きます。 ZOZOSUITは、街頭やコラボ企業経由等、圧倒的な速度で世界中で無料で配りまくり、体重計や体温計のように一家に一台の存在にします。そして、世界中のお客様の体型を最も知り尽くした企業となり、そのデータを元に一人一人にピッタリの服を提供する、世界でも類を見ないファッション企業を目指します。 http://zozo.jp/zozosuit I’m happy to announce the ZOZOSUIT, a revolutionary new device that can accurately measure your body for perfect fitting clothes. Preorder now!! http://zozosuit.com #ZOZOSUIT #ZOZOTOWN
The service captures a 3D measurement of the customer's body and delivers bespoke clothing. The service is now available in over 72 countries and territories.
He's an avid art collector.
I am happy to announce that I just won this masterpiece. When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art. I want to share that experience with as many people as possible. バスキア落札しました。アートを好きになってよかった。このペインティングをはじめて見た時、心からそう思いました。みなさんにも見てもらえる機会を作れたらいいなと思っています。 #jeanmichelbasquiat #basquiat #バスキア #ありがとう @sothebys
He owns an impressive collection of works by artists like Pablo Picasso, Yayoi Kusama, Richard Prince, and Jeff Koons.
In May 2017, Maezawa broke records by paying $110.5 million for a 1982 painting by Jean-Michel Basquiat called Untitled — the largest amount ever paid for at auction for a US artist.
He wrote on Instagram of his purchase:
"I am happy to announce that I just won this masterpiece. When I first encountered this painting, I was struck with so much excitement and gratitude for my love of art. I want to share that experience with as many people as possible."
Meazawa was inspired to bring artists with him to space after thinking about the art Basquiat might have created had he flown through space.
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) September 18, 2018
"One day when I was staring at his painting, I thought, 'What if Basquiat had gone to space and had seen the moon — what wonderful masterpiece would he have created?" Maezawa said.
He is preparing to embark on one of the most elaborate space missions to date.
—Yusaku Maezawa 前澤友作 (@yousuck2020) September 18, 2018
Elon Musk has described Maezawa as incredibly brave, and said his desire to participate in and pay for this trip restored Musk's faith in humanity.
"This is going to be dangerous. This is no walk in the park," Musk said of the mission.
He added: "It's not 100% certain that we succeed in getting this to flight ... But we're going to do everything humanly possible to bring it to flight as fast as we can and as safely as we can."