Nik Halik is the founder and CEO of Financial Freedom Institute, Lifestyle Revolution, 5 Day Weekend and The Thrillionaires. He has never had a 9-5 job. When he was 8, he drew up his hit list of adventures, including visiting the wreck of the RMS Titanic, rocketing to the edge of space and climbing Mt Everest. Seemingly, no challenge has been too daunting or too far away: he’s managed to cross off all but two from his top 10 list.
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Nik was raised in Melbourne, Australia, 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. When Nik was 14, he opened his very own music school and after finishing high school at 17, he sold it for $30,000, using the proceeds to relocate to the United States.
Throughout the 1990s Nik continued to invest in property and the stock market while performing and touring as a lead guitarist with various rock bands, including a tour with Bon Jovi and Deep Purple. In 1998, he left the music industry to pursue business interests and his life-long quest for extreme adventures.
Today, Nik generates independent income, building recurring subscription businesses, investing in tech start-ups, cryptocurrencies and multi-family apartment complexes.
He is currently an angel investor and strategic adviser for several tech start-ups in the U.S. This enables him to spend roughly four months of each year working, and eight months traveling to some of the world’s most remote locations to live his dreams.
Following in the footsteps of entrepreneur— adventurers Steve Fossett and Richard Branson. Nik has trekked to over 150 countries, dived 5 miles deep 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, performed a HALO skydive above the summit of Mt Everest in the Himalayas, climbed into the crater of an exploding erupting volcano at 1,700 Degrees Fahrenheit just to take a selfie, and most recently entered the hermit kingdom of North Korea to expose a sweat shop factory operating illegally for an American conglomerate.
Nik studied at the Yuri Gargarin Cosmonaut Training Academy in Moscow, Russia. He was one of the privileged, select explorers in the world to view the curvature of earth from the edge of space. After a number of years, he completed his qualifications and certifications.
He was the back-up Astronaut for the NASA / Russian Soyuz TMA-13 flight to the International Space Station in 2008. He currently remains in mission allocation status for a future flight to Earth’s only manned outpost in orbit– the International Space Station with the Russian Federation.