Nik Halik (born May 15 as Nikos Halikopoulos), is an Australian financial entrepreneur, 5 Day Weekend Lifestyle Strategist, ardent self-promoter and civilian Cosmonaut.
Halik was born in Melbourne, Australia as the youngest son of Greek immigrants Konstantinos and Dionisia Halikopoulos. He was raised in Port Melbourne, Victoria. 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, where Nik performed in Rock Bands as a lead guitarist throughout the 1990s.
Halik is the founder and C.E.O. of companies such as Financial Freedom Institute, Lifestyle Revolution, Money Masters Global, 5 Day Weekend, The Thrillionaires and co-founder of iCoach Global.
Having pioneered the Thrillionaire movement he is a 5 Day Weekend lifestyle strategist, entrepreneur, keynote speaker, civilian astronaut, high-adrenaline adventurer and best-selling author. He became a multi-millionaire and amassed great wealth through savvy investments in property, business and the financial markets in his late twenties. His group of companies have financially educated and life coached over 350,000 individuals in over 41 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. Halik has 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 dived to the wreck of RMS Titanic, been active as a mountaineer on some of the world's highest peaks, conducted a HALO Skydive jump above Mt Everest in Nepal 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 the International Space Station in 2008. If prime crew space tourist Richard Garriott had become unable to participate in that launch, Halik would have taken his place through Space Adventures. In this event, he would have become the first Australian private citizen in space.
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 tips for financial freedom with stories from his life.
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
- Space Flight Dream Nears - Herald Sun
- Space Adventures Announces the Identity of Back-up Crew Member - Space Adventures
- A Greek-Australian is Getting Ready to Travel to Space - Greek Reporter
- Nik Halik is aiming for the moon while shooting towards the stars - ABC
- 7 Questions with a Thrillionaire - Kaleidoscopic Wandering
- The Thrillionaire - New Holland Publishers
- The Thrillionaire - WideWorldMag.com
- Space Adventures Announces the Identity of Back-up Crew Member - SpaceRef.com
- Skydiving with 'The Thrillionaire' - Today Tonight
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- Nik Halik's official website
- The Financial Freedom Institute
- Money Masters Global
- 'The Thrillionaire' launch site