However, he decided to broaden the search to a “more diverse audience”, provided they are prepared to “push the envelope” creatively and able to support other crew members “who share similar aspirations”.
It is expected to take three days to reach the Moon, loop around it, and three days to return to Earth, Mr Maezawa said.
There will be between ten and 12 people on board the ship in total.
SpaceX carried out tests on its Starship SN10 rocket on Wednesday, the same model that will be used for the dearMoon Project, according to Mr Maezawa.
Although the prototype managed to touch down in Texas, minutes later it exploded and burst into flames.