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    1. December 23, 2014

      Our manifest destiny is to move beyond Earth

      The triumph and tragedy of space flight, manned and unmanned, have been on full view over the past year. The tragedy...

    2. December 8, 2014

      Commercialisation of space is new final frontier

      Space travel used to be the preserve of governments, but high costs and public spending priorities had driven it into...

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    1. December 3, 2014

      Rob & Paul Forkan: Brothers who went from tragedy to creating their own shoe empire

      It would be easy to miss the small sign beside a brick archway in southwest London marking the entrance to the headquarters...

    2. November 14, 2014

      Virgin America gets IPO off the ground

      Virgin America, the US airline part-owned by British billionaire Sir Richard Branson, successfully sold shares on Thursday...

    3. November 13, 2014

      Branson makes £70m as Virgin Money floats

      The UK Treasury and Sir Richard Branson were two of the biggest beneficiaries from Virgin Money’s £1.25bn flotation on the...

    4. November 13, 2014

      Challenger banks will wind up feeling challenged themselves

      Former boxer Terry Malloy claimed he “coulda binna contender” in the gritty movie On The Waterfront. Ex-contender status may...

    5. November 13, 2014

      Virgin Money float values bank at £1.25bn

      Virgin Money has priced its forthcoming initial public offering at 283p a share, which would give it a market capitalisation...

    6. November 6, 2014

      Virgin faulted for safety precautions

      Safety procedures at Virgin Galactic, whose spacecraft crashed on a test flight last week, included too few safeguards to...

    7. November 5, 2014

      Virgin group: Brand it like Branson

      Sir Richard Branson is a mass of contradictions. A man who often appears shy, yet has built a brand around his charisma....

    8. November 5, 2014

      Virgin Money lowers IPO valuation

      Virgin Money has been forced to lower its valuation for its revived initial public offering as it seeks to float on the...

    9. November 4, 2014

      Virgin Galactic crash and the need for risk-takers

      The tragedy of Sir Richard Branson’s exploding spaceship is an example of entrepreneur overconfidence. The price of failure...

    10. November 4, 2014

      Virgin Money presses ahead with initial public offering

      Virgin Money is to press ahead with an initial public offering by the end of the month after postponing its planned London...

    11. November 3, 2014

      Safety practices in focus in crash probe

      If anyone doubted the complexity of the issues raised by Friday’s crash of a Virgin Galactic spacecraft, Sunday night’s...

    12. November 3, 2014

      Branson’s Virgin America pushes on with IPO

      Sir Richard Branson sought to regain a semblance of normality on Monday as Virgin America, the US airline partially owned by...

    13. November 2, 2014

      Branson’s space tourist mission brought back down to earth

      About an hour before WhiteKnightTwo, SpaceShipTwo’s mother ship, took off to carry the craft into the Mojave Desert sky on...

    14. November 2, 2014

      Branson battles to keep space dream alive

      Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is battling to keep alive its dream of putting tourists into space as accusations...

    15. November 2, 2014

      Space still the final frontier for Branson

      Sending celebrities and jaded millionaires into suborbital flight might not exactly fit with the Virgin Group’s historic...

    16. November 2, 2014

      Showmanship and business collide in Virgin’s space venture

      Richard Branson is one of the world’s best-known entrepreneurs. But the founder of Virgin is really two people: Sir Richard,...

    17. November 2, 2014

      Space tourism is a high risk publicity strategy

      Few understand better than Richard Branson the value of a marketing stunt in modern business. The need to project the Virgin...

    18. November 1, 2014

      Branson’s familiar path offers limited clues into the future

      Although its activities might be eye-catchingly different from the group’s other enterprises, Virgin Galactic has followed a...

    19. November 1, 2014

      Two crashes pose questions for private companies in space

      It could not have been more of a contrast to the cheery optimism with which Sir Richard Branson has sought to sell $250,000...

    20. October 31, 2014

      Branson vows to push ahead with space tourism after rocket crash

      SpaceShipTwo crashes in Mojave desert Sir Richard Branson has vowed to press ahead with his plans to become the first space...

    21. October 31, 2014

      Lunch with the FT: Richard Branson

      Chicken or beef?” The call of the Virgin Atlantic trolley-pusher escapes my lips as Sir Richard Branson consults his menu....

    22. October 17, 2014

      Virgin Money pulls out of London listing

      Virgin Money has pulled out of listing on the stock market this month, days after another “challenger” bank Aldermore...

    23. October 9, 2014

      LGBT ally Branson leads OUTstanding Allies rankings

      1 Richard Branson Virgin Group Founder & chief executive “I was brought up by my parents always to stand up for what I think...

    24. October 7, 2014

      Naked Wines boss has the angels on his side

      “The world was a crazy place. Lehman’s had just gone bust, it looked as though the world was about to end and it was...

    25. October 2, 2014

      When lender is Wonga no longer, moral ambiguity will relocate

      Andy Haste, group chairman and chief disinfectant of Wonga, has dumped the geriatric puppets that advertised the payday...

    26. September 28, 2014

      When an employer takes a chance on youth

      Harris Aslam, an 18-year-old, recently announced that he may throw his hat into the ring to succeed Neil Turton as chief...

    27. September 28, 2014

      Branson’s big holiday offer – give us a break

      Imagine working for an employer who treated you like a grown-up and let you take as much holiday as you liked. Wouldn’t that...

    28. September 26, 2014

      Better late than never for Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic

      Shortly after Apollo 8 entered lunar orbit on Christmas Eve 1968, Pan American Airways announced plans for commercial...

    29. September 25, 2014

      Richard Branson tells staff: take as much holiday as you like

      Sir Richard Branson, the billionaire founder of Virgin Group, has told 170 staff working for its head office that they can...

    30. September 17, 2014

      Scotland, guns, politics and the companies that do not speak up

      There is a strong case for companies to stay out of politics. First, their top executives are not, in my experience,...

    31. September 12, 2014

      Virgin Money boosts board amid IPO preparation

      Virgin Money has bolstered its board and posted a surge in first-half growth as it prepares to become the latest UK...

    32. September 3, 2014

      Virgin Atlantic to bolster US routes in attempt to return to profit

      Virgin Atlantic is to increase flying on its core transatlantic routes, as Sir Richard Branson’s airline seeks to mount a...

    33. August 27, 2014

      Spaceports are unlikely to get off the ground

      Almost every serious-minded scientist I meet argues that for humanity to survive, we need to conquer space, ultimately to...

    34. July 18, 2014

      Investing in wine? A mug’s game, says Rowan Gormley, Naked Wines

      Rowan Gormley, 51, launched Naked Wines, the crowdfunded online wine retailer, in December 2008. The company is based in...

    35. June 19, 2014

      Virgin steams ahead in UK rail franchising shake-up

      When Sir Richard Branson heard in a late night telephone call that he had won his challenge against a botched competition to...

    36. FT Photo Diary

      June 10, 2014

      Bournemouth Branzilla

      David Parry/PA A 25ft-high sea creature resembling Richard Branson emerges from the sea on Bournemouth beach in Dorset...

    37. June 10, 2014

      Branson gives backing to money transfer start-up TransferWise

      Sir Richard Branson is providing funding for London-based money transfer start-up TransferWise in the latest sign of...

    38. June 3, 2014

      Should business people go to university?

      Afriend and her 17-year-old daughter asked me for advice recently. The daughter wants to run a business, and isn’t sure if...

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