Next Sunday, Garriott, who is 47, will become only the sixth person to travel privately to the International Space Station, and the first such 'space flight participant’ to have been born in Britain. Like the five who preceded him, Garriott is a rich high-achiever – a celebrated video-game designer who made his first $100,000 in his first year in college, and whose current worth is reportedly in the hundreds of millions.
Unlike them, he will also be a second-generation space traveller, boldly going where his father has gone before, twice. He grew up in a neighbourhood full of astronauts, was the person whose early interest helped make private space travel a reality, and may well have a legitimate claim to ownership of the Moon.
Garriott's personal site, covering his space tourism in detail, can be found here.