Commander of the SpaceX Inspiration4 Mission
Jared Isaacman is the CEO of Shift4 Payments (NYSE: FOUR), the leader in integrated payment processing solutions. He is an accomplished pilot rated to fly commercial and military aircraft and was the commander of Inspiration4, the world’s first all-civilian mission to space.
Inspiration4 took place September 15-18 2021, and marked several important milestones in human spaceflight history. The mission was named Inspiration4 in recognition of the four-person crew’s mission to inspire support for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital® and send a humanitarian message of possibility. The journey lasted three days, reached an orbital altitude of approximately 585 km (364 mi) and was the highest of any crewed flight in twenty years. Inspiration4 represented a new era for human spaceflight and exploration while raising over $250,000,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.
Isaacman founded Shift4 Payments in 1999 at the age of 16, in the basement of his parent’s home. Today, Shift4 handles more than $200 billion in payments annually for a third of the country’s restaurants, hotels, and casinos. Shift4 provides technology solutions for more than 200,000 businesses and has over a dozen offices across the U.S. and Europe. In 2020, Shift4 Payments went public on the New York Stock Exchange and currently trades under the ticker
In 2012, Isaacman co-founded Draken International, a provider of tactical aviation services for all branches of the U.S. Military, Department of Defense and global allied militaries. With a fleet of 150 tactical fighter aircraft, Draken owns and operates the world’s largest commercial fleet of ex-military aircraft to support military training objectives around the globe. Isaacman sold the company in 2019 to The Blackstone Group and remained CEO until early 2020.
Isaacman holds several world records, including a Speed-Around-The-World flight to raise money and awareness for the Make-a-Wish Foundation. He has flown in over 100 airshows as part of the Black Diamond Jet Team, dedicating every performance to a charitable cause. As part of Inspiration4’s public outreach, Isaacman made a personal $125 million commitment to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®.
Isaacman currently resides in Pennsylvania with his wife, Monica Isaacman and their two children.