Amazon boss Jeff Bezos was just a teenager when he announced dreams of building hotels and theme parks in space.
The richest person in the world will this month be taking "the greatest adventure" aboard his Blue Origin company's New Shepard space capsule.
Bezos may have made his billions from online shopping but an interview he gave as an 18-year-old, suggests space has always been his number one passion, CNBC reports.
As he had his sights firmly set on the next stage of his education at Princeton University, a young Bezos took to the floor to share his words of wisdom in 1982.
Having topped his class of 680 students at Palmetto High school in Miami, Florida, the responsibility fell on his shoulders to deliver a speech at graduation.
Thanks to the Miami Herald which did a sweep of several high school valedictorians in the city that year, the future aerospace company owner's words made it to print on June 20 of that year.
The article reads: "[Bezos] wants to build space hotels, amusement parks, yachts and colonies for two or three million people orbiting around the earth.”
Bezos explained his ambitions were for the Earth's own good, by relieving it of the damage caused by humans and instead making our planet and protected visitor attraction.
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According to the newspaper, he continued: "The whole idea is to preserve the earth," and his "final objective is to get all people off the earth and see it turned into a huge national park.
"The whole idea is to preserve the Earth. The goal was to be able to evacuate humans. The planet would become a park."
Since founding Blue Origin in 2000, Bezos has hardly kept under wraps his desire to colonise space.
On July 20 he will make his first voyage into space alongside his brother, Mark, on the Blue Origin New Shepard space capsule.
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Captioning an image on Instagram, Bezos wrote: "Ever since I was five years old, I’ve dreamed of traveling to space. On July 20th, I will take that journey with my brother. The greatest adventure, with my best friend."
He has also made clear his intentions to help the Earth as it suffers the effects of global warming, with the Bezos Earth Fund.
The Guardian reports, the $10bn initiative was set up to support scientists, activists, and charities working to tackle the climate crisis.
Bezos previously said: "Climate change is the biggest threat to our planet. I want to work alongside others both to amplify known ways and to explore new ways of fighting the devastating impact of climate change on this planet we all share.
"This global initiative will fund scientists, activists, NGOs – any effort that offers a real possibility to help preserve and protect the natural world.
"We can save Earth. It’s going to take collective action from big companies, small companies, nation states, global organisations, and individuals. Earth is the one thing we all have in common – let’s protect it, together.”
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one beneficiary of the trust, last year receiving $100 million "to harness the power of nature to stabilize the climate crisis," the charity's website says.
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