Sir Richard Branson is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Group Ltd, a company he founded in 1970. The Virgin Group is a multi-branded conglomerate, consisting of more than 400 companies. The key business areas include lifestyle, travel and entertainment. Branson is a household name in the UK and renowned globally for his entrepreneurship. Born in Blackheath, London in 1950 he left school at 16. His father was a barrister and his grandfather a judge at the High Court but Branson's dyslexia held him back academically. It is Branson's business acumen and ability to connect with people that has helped him to become one of the richest men in the UK to date.
At last the City’s got a watchdog that barks. It’s early days, but Andrew Bailey is proving feisty as the Bank of England’s deputy governor in charge of the Prudential Regulatory Authority, (PRA) the UK’s new banking watchdog.
Middle seats, little legroom and children rank among pet peeves of those surveyed.Most of us will put up with a cramped middle seat on a short flight. But on trips more than three hours long, we are ready to crack open our wallets and pay for a window or aisle seat.
LONDON, May 8 (Reuters) - Tom Mockridge, who worked closely with Rupert Murdoch in more than 20 years at News Corp, is to take over at Virgin Media, pitting the two men against each other in a battle for British pay-TV viewers.
Shares in the bus and train operator First Group were driven to the top of the mid-tier index after City scribblers proclaimed that it now has a smooth road ahead of it. First Group's plans to sell buses and spend less on train investment, alongside the Government's clarity on the franchise market for trains, led transport analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch to rate the shares a buy.
Virgin Atlantic is planning to hold talks over a possible joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia which would see Sir Richard Branson's airline offer more routes to Asia, Africa and the Middle East.
More than 4,000 staff at Virgin Media will share in a major windfall after the company's sale to US cable television giant Liberty Global, including boss Neil Berkett who will take more than $65m (£41.5m) off the table.
GRAND RAPIDS, MI – Sir Richard Branson, the swash-buckling adventurer who made a fortune with his Virgin Group of record labels, airlines, mobile phones and now space travel, has a bigger dream – world peace.