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Meet the billionaire commanding SpaceX's all-civilian mission—he dropped out of high school to start his business


The mission, dubbed Inspiration4 , is a charitable endeavor to highlight an effort to raise $200 million for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital to fight childhood cancer.


But beyond fundraising, orbiting the earth in a SpaceX Crew Dragon capsule that will launch at the end of 2021 will also fulfill the 37-year-old founder's childhood dream of going to space.


As a teen, Isaacman and his friend, Brendan Lauber, spent much of their free time fixing computers and building websites, so they decided to try and make some money with their skills.


After just six months at MSI, though, Isaacman had an idea that could allow him to start his own company — a payments processor that would make it easier for merchants to set up credit card terminals at their businesses without being buried in paperwork.


One of United Bank Card's first major clients was shipping company Mail Boxes, Etc., which hired Isaacman's start-up to provide payment processing systems for more than 4,000 retail locations.


He says that as a kid he attended Aviation Challenge, a youth camp hosted by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, where he learned about military aircraft and got to use flight simulators.






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