The 18-year-old Oliver Daemen is the third person to join Jeff Bezos to space on Blue Origin’s New Shepherd! While he’s busy undergoing the training for the spaceflight, many are wondering who his parents are, as it has been revealed that his father Joes Daemen made the second place bid for the ticket.
Oliver is originally from the Netherlands, pursuing his studies in Physics. Well, it doesn’t come as a surprise that he wanted to join Jeff on the space adventure, given his interest in the field of studies. He will be joining the former Amazon CEO, his brother Mark Bezos and 82-year-old flight instructor Wally Funk on the New spaceflight.
Oliver’s father is a private equity mogul
While the price of Oliver’s ticket hasn’t been revealed, it was his father who made his dream come true. Joes is the founder and CEO of Dutch private equity firm Somerset Capital Partners.
According to Somerset’s official website, Joes began his career as a broker in the financial market. He later went on to focus on private equity, along with real estate developments and investment after selling his former company.
“In 2009, Joes launched his own hedge fund, Somerset Capital Partners Value Fund. Under the name of Somerset Capital Partners, Joes has combined his activities as an investor in real estate, private equity and financial markets.” it reads further.
Thanks to Joes’ established career in finance, his son is now headed to space and the teenager couldn’t be happier! Even though Oliver is the “first paying customer” according to Daily Mail, it remains to be seen how much was paid for the ticket.
Meet the teenager’s mother!
Oliver comes from a successful family. His mother Eline Daemen Dekker is an ambassador at his father’s equity firm and is said to volunteer for a programme to combat loneliness among the elderly, as per reports.
She served as a cabin crew member for KLM Royal Dutch Airlines for five years.
While there are not many individual pictures of Eline on Oliver’s Instagram, his sister Charlotte has shared a couple of pictures with their mom on her account. You can take a look at it here.
The lucky boy is excited for the big trip!
Reportedly, Oliver was a part of the auction for the second flight and had even secured a seat for himself. However, he got lucky as his seat was later moved up to the first flight.
He graduated from high school in 2020 and took a year’s break before working towards his private pilot license in Spain. Besides his passion for flying, his Instagram posts show that he’s interested in surfing. Reports suggest that he’s in Texas for his training ahead of the Tuesday, July 20 flight.
Meanwhile, talking about his upcoming adventure with Jeff, Oliver said, “I’ve been dreaming about this all my life. I am super excited to experience zero-g and see the world from above.