Vijaypat Singhania

Position: Chairman emeritus of the Raymond Group of clothing and textiles
Year: 2005
Complex says: With so many more sophisticated methods of travel available, the hot air balloon has pretty much been forgotten. But truth be told, you need a serious set of balls to fly in one of those things, and Vijaypat Singhania is clearly not a sissy. At age 67, Singhanhia traveled 69,000 feet into the air in a hot air balloon, breaking the record of 64,997 feet.

Even though there were safety precautions, like a parachute and a helicopter that was trailing him, Singhania gets a lot of street cred for pulling off this ballsy, but ultimately worthless, achievement. It’s especially amazing considering that at 70,000 feet one is closer to space than Earth.