Richard Branson

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.

Sir Richard Branson's space programme 'months away' from lift off

Sir Richard Branson has claimed his latest venture Virgin Galactic is just "months away" from launching its ambitious space programme.

Source: | Date: 19th September 2013

Fernandes faces fierce challenge

TONY Fernandes beat Branson but insiders say India's high-octane aviation sector may be too tough even for the Formula 1 and AirAsia boss.

Source: | Date: 10th July 2013

Virgin Atlantic pulls the plug on making first class flat beds

Sir Richard Branson last night decided to fold up his business making flat beds for aircraft after losing a lengthy patent scrap with his former partner on the project.

Source: | Date: 5th July 2013

Etihad keeps options open on Virgin

ETIHAD is free to lift its stake in Virgin to 19.9pc after receiving FIRB approval for an increased holding.

Source: | Date: 1st July 2013

Margareta Pagano: Let’s hope watchdog boss Andrew Bailey has a bite as bad as his bark

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.

Source: | Date: 1st July 2013

AirAsia X raising takes off

TONY Fernades says demand for the retail component of AirAsia X's $US370 million ($399m) initial public offering has been "unprecedented".

Source: | Date: 21st June 2013

Virgin extends its reach into Asia

VIRGIN Australia is working on plans to ramp up its Asian strategy, considering flying its own long-range aircraft into Singapore.

Source: | Date: 1st July 2013

Mystery over Virgin shares

CONFUSION reigns over Virgin trading for the past week, with some nine per cent of stock changing hands but the buyers a mystery.

Source: | Date: 11th June 2013

Air NZ revealed as Virgin buyer

AIR NZ has raised its stake in Virgin Australia to 23pc after buying 3pc of the airline's shares yesterday.

Source: | Date: 6th June 2013

Mystery buyer snaps up Virgin

FIVE per cent of Virgin Australia has changed hands today, with 120m shares traded and no real clues whom the buyer might be.

Source: | Date: 5th June 2013

Singapore Airlines sees value in Virgin

Singapore Airlines says it is holding its own in the battle to convince travellers to fly via its home turf rather than Dubai.

Source: | Date: 3rd June 2013

Price-rise proof that Virgin pleases

Virgin Media today claimed its ability to push through price rises this year shows its 4.9 million subscribers are happy to pay extra for “superior” super-fast broadband and internet-connected TV.

Source: | Date: 30th May 2013

The growth of start-up competitions

In recent years there has been an ever-growing number of competition schemes for would-be entrepreneurs, as the BBC's Will Smale reports.

Source: | Date: 28th May 2013

Etihad grabs more of Virgin

ABU Dhabi-based Etihad has confirmed it has increased its shareholding in Virgin Australia Holdings to 10 per cent.

Source: | Date: 23rd May 2013

Etihad raises stake in Virgin

ABU Dhabi-based Etihad Airways has confirmed it had increased its shareholding in Virgin Australia Holdings to 10 per cent.

Source: | Date: 22nd May 2013

Many fliers willing to pony up for better seats, poll finds

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.

Source: | Date: 21st May 2013

You've got mail: Virgin's Kiwi

EVERY Friday afternoon an email lobs in the inboxes of Virgin Group employees across the globe.

Source: | Date: 20th May 2013

Etihad corrects Virgin's nosedive

VIRGIN Australia shares staged a partial comeback yesterday as shareholder Etihad topped up its holding in the airline.

Source: | Date: 20th May 2013

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British business chiefs have accused Eurosceptic MPs of putting "politics before economics", and called for David Cameron to "strengthen and deepen" the European single market.

Source: | Date: 20th May 2013

Source: | Date: 15th May 2013

Virgin good for reward seats

VIRGIN has climbed to No. 2 in the ranking of carriers on the availability of frequent flyer seats, while Qantas came in sixth.

Source: | Date: 14th May 2013

Galactic a step closer to launch

RICHARD Branson is "very confident" his space tourism venture will be certified by the FAA in time to launch it at the end of the year.

Source: | Date: 14th May 2013

UPDATE 1-Ex-Murdoch stalwart Mockridge to run rival Virgin Media

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.

Source: | Date: 8th May 2013

Singapore ups Virgin stake

Singapore Airlines has emerged as the single biggest investor in Virgin Australia, snapping up $122 million in shares in the airline.

Source: | Date: 14th May 2013

Branson backs start-up that cuts FX costs

A web start-up has won backing from Sir Richard Branson for its $100m (£65m) drive to tempt small business customers to "bypass the banks" with an innovative approach to foreign exchange.

Source: | Date: 16th April 2013

Market Report: First Group boosted by easier road ahead

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.

Source: | Date: 3rd April 2013

Virgin planning talks with Air France-KLM and Alitalia over joint venture

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.

Source: | Date: 3rd April 2013

Liberty Global deal creates windfalls for Virgin Staff

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.

Source: | Date: 6th February 2013

Liberty Global Is in Talks to Buy Virgin Media

John Malone's international cable company, Liberty Global, is in discussions to buy Virgin Media, the British cable operator said on Tuesday.

Source: | Date: 5th February 2013

Sir Richard Branson sets his sights beyond his Virgin record labels, airlines and space travel

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.

Source: | Date: 28th May 2014