Old Rich Google Man Already Beat Felix Baumgartner’s Space Jump Record

By Kate Knibbs on at

Looks like Red Bull's wings aren't very good at keeping people ahead of the competition.

Today, Alan Eustace, a 57-year-old senior vice president at Google, broke Felix Baumgartner's much-heralded world altitude breaking record. He went up into the stratosphere in a helium balloon and jumped out at around 135,908 feet (Baumgartner went up a paltry 127,852 feet). It took him 15 minutes to reach the ground, and on the way he smashed Baumgartner's record as he zipped to the earth at 800 miles an hour.

No word on whether Eustace consumed an energy drink beforehand. [New York Times via Dave Weiner]