Mars One is split into two adventures, the non-profit Mars One Foundation and the for-profit Mars One Ventures. Swiss-based Ventures AG was declared bankruptcy in Basel on January 15 and was worth about $ 100 million. Mars One Ventures PLC, registered in the UK branch, is listed as a sleeping company with less than £ 20,000 in its accounts.
No data available on non-profit Mars One Foundation, funded itself by charging its commercial partner licensing fees. Speaking to Engadget, Bas Lansdorp said the Foundation is still operating, but will not be able to act without additional investment. Lansdorp declined to comment further than saying that he was working with other parties "to find a solution."
Instead of government or philanthropy, Lansdorp believes that the TV will provide the funds needed to bankroll the releases. Mars One will be the backdrop of the most expensive reality show in the world as the Earthbound viewer watches the colonization process. As part of the angle, Mars One attracted its potential colonists from a group of volunteers and produced documentaries about them. These shows are then sold to buyers and sellers who are interested in the hype.
The final announcement made by Mars One was July 201
Overambitious purposes of Mars have been seen as questionable, given the economy of reality on TV compared to the cost of a rocket launch. MIT researchers get an issue with many of the project claims, suggesting that the Lansdorp plan will quickly kill all colonists. This is a point replaced by Lansdorp in an interview with this website back in 2015.