The youngest person to travel to space told Jeff Bezos he had never bought anything from Amazon.
Physics student Oliver Daemen, 18, admitted to the Amazon and Blue Origin founder that the 11-minute round trip to space was the first time he put money in Bezos' pocket.
Aged just 18, Oliver became the youngest person in space when the New Shepard launched from Texas, US, on July 20, setting a new record along with the oldest person, 82-year-old Wally Funk.
Despite Amazon being a global online retail giant which has made Jeff Bezos the richest man in the world with a huge $208 billion (£151 billion), Oliver gave him a surprise by admitting he was not a customer.
Bezos has since thanked Amazon customers for helping to fund his dream of travelling to space but the student from The Netherlands was not one of them.
Oliver told Reuters : "I told Jeff, like, I've actually never bought something from Amazon.
"And he was like: 'Oh, wow, it's a long time ago I heard someone say that.'"
If it was not for an unnamed passenger pulling out of Blue Origin's first flight to space, Oliver would not have made the cut for the maiden voyage.
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After splashing out $28 million (£20.37 million) at the auction, on a seat aboard the New Shepard, they cancelled claiming to be 'too busy'. They are said to have deferred their trip on the rocket.
In a second stroke of luck, the Dutch teenager added that he was not made to match the highest bid.
Oliver continued: "They called and said: 'Are you still interested?' and we were like: 'Yes! Yes! Yes!'
"We didn't pay even close to $28 million, but they chose me because I was the youngest and I was also a pilot and I also knew quite a lot about it already."
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The oldest person in space, Ms Funk, gave Bezos' space flight just two stars in a fuming review, claiming the capsule "didn't go high enough."
In a post-flight interview with Fox, Wally explained her disappointment having failed to see the Earth onboard the Blue Origin capsule.
She said: "We went right on up and I saw darkness. I thought I was going to see the world, but we weren’t quite high enough."
Upon safely landing back on Earth, Bezos had a more glowing review of the experience which exceeded his expectations.
He said: "Oh my God. My expectations were high, and they were dramatically exceeded.
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"The zero Gs may have been one of the biggest surprises, because it felt so normal.
"It felt like, almost like we were as humans evolved to be in that environment, which I know is impossible, but it felt so serene and peaceful and the floating.
"It's actually much nicer than being in full one gravity."
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