Halik was raised in Melbourne, Australia and is of Greek descent. He is the youngest son of Greek immigrants Konstantinos and Dionisia Halikopoulos. He took an interest in music at an early age, inspired by his father who was an accomplished musician. As a young teenager he relocated to the U.S. on his own and spent time studying and performing at G.I.T Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California. The Musicians Institute is a privately owned for-profit music vocational school. Nik performed in Rock Bands and toured as a lead guitarist with various acts throughout the 1990s. He left the music industry in 1998 to pursue entrepreneurial business interests and a lifelong quest for extreme adventures.
Halik is the founder and C.E.O. of companies such as Financial Freedom Institute, Lifestyle Revolution and 5 Day Weekend. He co-founded Poptik and PopAF, a high tech patented Sub Optic print technology used in world currencies, anti-counterfeit and cannabis consumer brands. Having founded the Thrillionaire movement he is a 5 Day Weekend lifestyle strategist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, Russian certified civilian cosmonaut, high-adrenaline adventurer and Wall Street Journal best-selling author. He became a multi-millionaire and amassed great wealth through savvy investments in multi-family apartment buildings, consumer driven businesses and the financial markets. His group of companies have impacted over 1 million lives in over 57 countries. Apart from his other businesses, Nik Halik is also a stakeholder in a number of businesses around the world, including Vertex Media, a Hollywood Television and Film production company. He is currently an active Angel investor and strategic adviser to several tech start-ups in the U.S. Halik has private homes in the Greek Islands, Morocco, the United States and Australia.
Following in the footsteps of entrepreneur-adventurers Steve Fossett and Richard Branson, Halik has trekked to over 153 countries, dived 5 miles deep in the North Atlantic Ocean to the wreck of RMS Titanic to have lunch on the bow, been active as a mountaineer on some of the world's highest peaks, conducted a HALO Skydive jump above the summit of Mt Everest in the Himalayas and participated in a civilian edge of space flight in a modified Soviet-built Mig25 jet. Halik studied at the Yuri Gargarin Cosmonaut Training Academy in Moscow, Russia. After a number of years, he completed his qualifications and certifications. He was the back-up cosmonaut for the Russian Soyuz TMA-13 flight to Earth's only manned outpost in orbit – International Space Station in 2008. He currently remains in mission allocation status for a future flight to the International Space Station with the Russian Federation. In 2015, Halik descended 1,400 feet inside the crater of an exploding erupting volcano [1,700 Degrees Fahrenheit] in the South Pacific for an overnight sleepover and just recently, entered the hermit kingdom of North Korea to expose a sweat shop factory operating illegally for an American conglomerate.
Written by Halik and published in 2008, The Thrillionaire (ISBN 978-1-920997-10-6) is both a biography and wealth strategist's hand book. Having worked with wealth strategists and motivational speakers around the globe, Halik combines his strategies for financial freedom with stories from his life.
Written by Halik and co-authored with Garrett B.Gunderson, 5 Day Weekend was published in 2018. It is an entrepreneurial and wealth investing blueprint to Make Your Life and Work Rich with Purpose. 5 Day Weekend Book
Halik's spaceflight training is also covered in the book "Australia's Astronauts: Countdown to a Spaceflight Dream," 2009, by Colin Burgess.
- Nik Aims for the Moon - The Age
- Spacefacts biography of Nik Halik
- 7 Questions with a Thrillionaire - Kaleidoscopic Wandering
- The Thrillionaire - WideWorldMag.com
- Space Adventures Announces the Identity of Back-up Crew Member - SpaceRef.com
- 4 ways to crush your debt - Valuewalk.com
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