Billionaire spends $8M on Bezos space flight, plans to donate it to a teacher

For those in cryptocurrency and the stock markets who’ve been feeling some pain, the Robin Hood Foundation benefit Monday night offered a few hours’ respite. It also offered a chance at a real picker-upper: a ride to space.

Ken Griffin, billionaire founder of hedge fund Citadel, made the winning $8 million bid, in absentia. He doesn’t plan to take the flight; instead he’s giving his seat on Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin New Shepard to a New York City public school teacher.

“I hope this moment will ignite the imagination of our students and inspire the next generation to push the boundaries of what humanity can achieve while underscoring

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