Microsoft Software Mogul Ready to Take Flight
By: Greg Ponesse - Published: Apr 6, 2007 • References: chron
One of America's premier software engineers is ready to take flight. Charles Simonyi, the 58 year old billioniare and brains behind Microsoft Word and Excel is making his own space travel a reality. He's paying the Russians $25 million for the ticket to be the world's fifth space tourist, "I have always had an interest in technology and aerospace, but I never thought I would have the opportunity to participate this closely, being (launched) into orbit and approaching the space station will be a magic moment."