Imagine owning your own home. For a lot of people, that’s the pinnacle of success; the American dream. It’s what many hard-working Americans spend decades trying to achieve. But for a moment, imagine what it would feel like if you owned an entire country or even the moon.
For Dennis Hope, that almost-impossible dream became a reality. After being unemployed for a year, he thought he’d try making a living from managing real estate.
But instead of buying a normal house or apartment block, Dennis wanted to do things differently. He looked up at the night sky and saw more unclaimed property than he could possibly fathom. In case you hadn’t already guessed, his eyes were set on the moon.
Having taken a political science course in college, Dennis remembered that no country could own the moon, according to a 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty. The loophole? It said nothing about individuals. So he sent the United Nations a declaration of ownership, detailing his intent to subdivide and sell the moon.
Once Dennis realized that the moon was a goldmine of opportunity, he quickly began selling real-estate to some of the world’s wealthiest people. Since then, Dennis has sold more than 611 million acres worth of land on the moon.
And of course, many people were more than happy to claim a small piece of the giant rock orbiting our planet. After all, it was an incredible deal that was impossible to pass up. Even former presidents such as George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan, and Jimmy Carter purchased land.
Hope quickly recognized that many people had a strong desire to own property in outer space. More and more people kept buying up plots of land. And obviously, the moon is only so large. Hence why the laws of supply & demand kicked in.
In 2011, Dennis claims that a company offered to purchase the moon’s entire north pole for approximately $50 million. Despite turning their offer down, business was certainly booming.
But of course, he didn’t stop at the moon. He wanted to shoot for the stars and own property in places that were even further away.
He ended up using the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty to his advantage once more. Dennis sold approximately 325 million acres on Mars worth of land on Mars. In addition, he also sold a combined 125 million acres on Mercury, Venus, Io (one of Jupiter’s moons).
Dennis noticed his rising success and decided to take another step towards his eventual goal of owning the entire galaxy. So he decided to become the ruler of the “Galactic Government” and reportedly formed diplomatic relations with 30 countries on planet Earth. Quoting the Lunar Embassy Website:
“We at the Lunar Embassy are pleased that our work since November of 1980 is finally starting to be recognized by the United States of America government as being valid. This is a huge step in the official recognition by the USA…”
According to media reports, Dennis Hope has been named co-chairman of the Republican Congressional Business Advisory Council. He’s also been given the National Republican Leadership Award as an acknowledgment of his work. I know this sounds absolutely ridiculous. But it’s true.
As he claims to own over 7 trillion acres in extraterrestrial property, Hope claims that his current net worth is around $100 trillion.
However, any claims by Dennis Hope to the moon (and other celestial objects) have very minimal legal ground. Quoting Article VI of the 1967 United Nations Outer Space Treaty:
“The activities of non-governmental entities in outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall require authorization and continuing supervision by the appropriate State Party to the Treaty.”
As Dennis didn’t receive direct authorization from any State Party to the 1967 treaty, his legal authority to claim such objects are invalid. So if you were hoping to buy a couple of acres for yourself, the property deeds are pretty much worthless and wouldn’t hold up in court.
One evening, Dennis Hope looked up at the stars. He had a dream of making an income from real-estate. Given that he hasn’t had another job since 1995, his extraterrestrial portfolio has certainly provided him with a reasonable income to sustain a great lifestyle over the past few decades.
Regardless of the legality of his land ownership claims, Dennis Hope is genuinely living the American dream.