Richard Branson

Richard Branson is the chairman of Virgin Group. He founded Virgin in 1970 as a mail order record retailer and it has since grown to encompass around 200 companies in over 30 countries. He describes himself on Twitter as a "tie-loathing adventurer and thrill seeker, who believes in turning ideas into reality".

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In this handout provided by NASA from the the Earth-orbiting International Space Station, weather system Arthur travels up the east coast of the United States in the Atlantic Ocean near Florida in space. The robotic arm of the Space Station Remote Manipulator System or Canadarm2 is seen at upper right. According to reports, Arthur has begun moving steadily northward at around 5 kt. and the tropical storm is expected to strike the North Carolina Outer Banks

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Sir Richard Branson: More travel, not less, is the best way to defeat terrorism

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Letter: Mobile message

Letter:

Virgin is not the problem

Richard Branson answers the criticism made here last week that his halo has slipped in his approach to the 'open skies' air talks

Letter: In Brief

Sir: You suggest that our people in Virgin Cola France would be well advised not to take the mickey out of Coca-Cola's misfortune (City People, 24 June). Generally I would agree. However, they recently read a quote which said: "When your competitor is drowning you get a live hose and push it down their throat." Although not an approach I would encourage, this friendly bit of advice came from none other than Doug Ivester - president of Coca-Cola.

Letter: Branson and F1

Sir: Since your headline "Branson tells Blair: keep your promises or lose my backing" (13 November) used words I never said, and since you've published letters as a result, I'd like the chance to set out my thoughts on the cigarette sponsorship debate.

Letter: Babies on trains: Branson's pledge

Sir: Stephen Gray (letter, 21 March) challenged me to be the first rail magnate to introduce baby-friendly carriages on our trains - an area where children had somewhere to play, be fed, changed etc. on long journeys.
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