Bidder pays $1.5m to fly to space with Leonardo DiCaprio on Abu Dhabi’s Virgin Galactic

The wealthy companion was not named but will accompany the actor on the trip next year
Hollywood actor Leonardo DiCaprio. (Getty Images)
By Staff writer
Mon 26 May 2014 11:14 AM

A bidder has paid $1.5m for the chance to accompany Leonardo DiCaprio when the Hollywood actor travels into outer space next year on Virgin Galactic, the Richard Branson spaceship company part-owned by Abu Dhabi.

The 39-year-old sold the ticket as part of an auction at this year’s amfAR Cinema Against AIDS Gala at the Hotel du Cap-Eden-Roc in the South of France during the Cannes film festival.

The name of the wealthy winning bidder who will be the ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ star’s space companion was not revealed.

Last month, it was also announced an Emirati will win the chance to travel into space on Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo as part of a nationwide competition announced by Abu Dhabi-based Aabar Investments.

The company, which has a 37.8 percent stake in Virgin Galactic, said in a statement that the prize winner would be given a place onboard SpaceShipTwo when it begins running commercial trips into space.

A ticket on the spaceship costs $250,000 and Virgin Galactic boss George Whitesides said in March in Abu Dhabi that it had signed up 700 customers.

He also said it was aiming for a launch “towards the end of the year”.

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