Dennis Tito

Dennis Tito

date of birth : 08/08/1940 | date of death :
Born on August 8, 1940, America, Businessman, Space trip, He is currently CEO of Wilshire Associates Incorporated, a leading provider of investment management, consulting and technology services.

Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:

Born August 8, 1940, in Queens, Newyork, USA.

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Spouse: Elizabeth Pavlova James (Divorced)
Children: three (Bradford James, Michael Anthony and Paula Joan Tito)

Life events

Dennis Tito, (born Aug. 8, 1940, Queens, N.Y., U.S.), American businessman who became the first private individual to pay for his own trip into space. Tito graduated from Forest Hill High in New York City. He earned a B.S. in astronautics and aeronautics from New York University in 1962 and an M.S. in engineering science from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., in 1964. In 1963 he started working as an aerospace engineer in NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He calculated trajectories for interplanetary probes of the Mariner series; in particular, he participated in the program of robotic missions to Mars and Venus. In 1972 he founded his company Wilshire Associates Inc. in Santa Monica, California. The same year he developed the Wilshire aggregate market index (Wilshire 5000), which is the most widely used index in the securities market. Official representatives of the US Federal Reserve System call this index the barometer of the US economy. At present, Wilshire Associates Incorporated is the leading provider of services in the areas of management, consulting and investment technologies. From October 9, 2000, he trained at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center for a flight to the Russian space station Mir as a space tourist. That flight did not take place because of the de-orbiting of Mir. Instead in mid-2001, he spent nearly eight days in orbit as a crew member of ISS EP-1, a visiting mission to the International Space Station. This mission was launched by the spacecraft Soyuz TM-32, and was landed by Soyuz TM-31. "The private spaceflight industry did start with Dennis' flight," said Tom Shelley, president of Space Adventures, the Virginia-based company that brokered Tito's eight-day mission with Russia's Federal Space Agency and has sent a total of seven people on eight orbital flights since 2001. "That was the first real milestone and demonstrated to a lot of people that there was a market for private citizens to go to space."

Education and Academic Qualifications:

He graduated in 1962 from the New York University engineering college with Bachelor's degree in astronautics. In 1964 he took his Master's degree in engineering from Rensellaer University. In 1970 he took a course at the Anderson school of management of California University, Los Angeles.

Occupations and positions:

He began his career at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory where he was responsible for designing the trajectories for the Mariner spacecraft missions to Mars and Venus. Dennis left JPL to pursue a career in investment management. He is currently CEO of Wilshire Associates Incorporated, a leading provider of investment management, consulting and technology services. A

wards and Titles:

Master's degree in engineering.

Hobbies and personal interests:

Opera, sailing and buying fast cars.


  • I am enjoying this so much. If I were allowed, I would spend several months up here in space.”
  • “I've been shelling out food and doing rather menial tasks to assist the crew and give them more time for their other work.”
  • “Before I flew to space, I had no idea how comfortable it would be. I think if a lot of people know what I know now there would be a huge demand.”