As his fame in the gaming Industry grew, Richard still maintained a passion for his childhood dream of space exploration by investing in various space related ventures. Richard was an early investor in Zero G Corporation - a company founded in 1993 with a goal of promoting the experience of weightlessness to the general public. Since Zero G Corporation began offering flights it has flown over 2500 private citizens.
The X-Prize Foundation is a venture that Richard participates in as a trustee and “New Spirit” member. The X-Prize Foundation is a non-profit foundation devoted to the advancement of science through the offering of multi-million dollar prizes for groups that create radical breakthroughs for the benefit of humanity. It has since been creating waves in space, medical, and energy research to name a few.
In addition to Zero-G, Richard serves as Vice Chairman of Space Adventures, the world’s leading private space tourism company. With a goal of opening the space frontier to private citizens, Space Adventures has since sent the world’s only five private space tourists to the International Space Station, with Richard set to be the sixth.