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  1. November 30, 2012

    Something for the weekend

    Bill Gates, Steve Jobs and Richard Branson are all famous for being hugely successful without a traditional university or...

  2. October 3, 2012

    A train accident

    When Sir Richard Branson challenged the government’s decision to award Virgin Group’s UK rail franchise to a rival operator...

  1. August 26, 2012

    Labour intervenes in West Coast rail row

    The opposition Labour party has urged Justine Greening, transport secretary, not to sign off the contract to run the West...

  2. July 11, 2012

    Virgin Galactic developing satellite launcher

    Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic is developing a satellite launcher that would offer cut-price rates and help fund the...

  3. June 19, 2012

    Fly me to the Moon – for £100m

    Britain could become the first country to fly a tourist around the moon, after an Isle of Man-based company announced that...

  4. April 25, 2012

    Customer numbers rise at Virgin Media

    Customer numbers at Virgin Media climbed at their fastest rate in two years on the back of an advertising campaign with...

  5. March 21, 2012

    Trinkets thrown in for young entrepreneurs

    This was less of a Budget for entrepreneurs than George Osborne’s previous fiscal statements, but the chancellor managed to...

  6. March 16, 2012

    Learn to let go, Branson tells business founders

    Too many founders fail the leadership test by clinging onto day-to-day control of their businesses for too long, according...

  7. March 16, 2012

    ‘Too few women’ at business gathering

    One of the largest gatherings of entrepreneurs in the world has been attacked for featuring only a handful of women,...

  8. March 13, 2012

    Branson seeks aid for young entrepreneurs

    School leavers who opted not to go to university would be eligible for a student loan to start a business instead if plans...

  9. March 13, 2012

    The banker’s new clothes

    Sir Richard Branson is, I believe, a man of intelligence, charm and outstanding business acumen. But I am delighted that his...

  10. March 11, 2012

    Women’s inequality isn’t what it used to be

    Last Thursday I received an e-card from a perfect stranger. It was a picture of an orchid with the message underneath: “I...

  11. December 27, 2011

    A difficult path can lead to greater success

    One reason why I am fascinated by the world of business, and indeed really enjoy the company of entrepreneurs, is that...

  12. November 16, 2011

    ‘Screw Business as Usual’, by Richard Branson

    Screw Business as Usual opens with the author standing naked outside his burning house on Necker Island with Kate Winslet by...

  13. August 23, 2011

    Fire destroys Branson’s Caribbean property

    Lightning sparked by Hurricane Irene started a fire on Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island compound in the British Virgin...

  14. August 20, 2011

    CVC takes controlling stake in Virgin Active

    Private equity group CVC Capital Partners has taken a controlling stake in Virgin Active as the fitness chain makes its...

  15. August 9, 2011

    Virgin Atlantic avoids pilots’ strike

    Pilots at Virgin Atlantic Airways, the airline controlled by Sir Richard Branson, have voted to accept a pay deal, ending...

  16. July 19, 2011

    Big breaks require a bit of rule-breaking

    Everyone is a chancer when they start their own business. It is only later that they can afford to be respectable. That is...

  17. May 31, 2011

    To succeed in business, be brave – and a little bit lucky

    Enterprising private companies are an essential part of any thriving modern economy. Today, with confidence still fragile,...

  18. May 31, 2011

    Who are the true entrepreneurs anyway?

    Are entrepreneurs really so different from other business people? As the musician is supposed to have said to the audience...

  19. March 28, 2011

    Campaign to foster start-ups backed by PM

    Thousands of people could be successful entrepreneurs but have done nothing about it, the prime minister will say on Monday...

  20. January 17, 2011

    Airbus edges ahead of Boeing in orders

    Sir Richard Branson bites an apple reading ‘Airbus 10.000’ after he announced that Virgin America will buy 60 Airbus...

  21. December 2, 2010

    Rise of the corporate insurgents

    Although it sounds like an obscure joke from a cheap Christmas cracker, Usain Bolt, Che Guevara and Richard Branson really...

  22. November 15, 2010

    Doom-laden myths appear to put off entrepreneurs

    The creation of a more entrepreneurial society in the UK is being held back by a number of myths about how difficult and...

  23. October 1, 2010

    Energiya to build first space hotel

    Energiya, the Russian rocket and space group, will build the world’s first commercial space station in a partnership with...

  24. September 1, 2010

    Virgin Atlantic to launch £10m ad campaign

    Virgin Atlantic Airways is to nearly double its advertising spending this year on a global campaign due to start just weeks...

  25. August 28, 2010

    Plans that just won’t play ball

    Designs: Brasilia proved not to be the utopia that its creators envisaged A painful situation has arisen at my tennis club,...

  26. June 4, 2010

    Ask the experts: Be clear what you stand for

    Rita Clifton, UK chairman of Interbrand, the branding consultancy:“If you are to have a sustainable business, you need to...

  27. May 27, 2010

    The real lesson that sport holds for business leaders

    What can business learn from high-performance sport? Quite a lot, it would seem. Both activities in-volve individuals who...

  28. May 26, 2010

    Sport’s lesson for business leaders

    Come to Win Business leaders, Artists, Doctors, and Other Visionaries on how Sports Can Help You Top Your Profession By...

  29. April 22, 2010

    Cougar Air

    Richard Branson is launching a video service allowing entrepreneurs to pitch for funds to business folk flying on Virgin...

  30. March 27, 2010

    You can bet on a Camelot ruled by Canadian teachers

    CVC, the private equity firm that lost the bid for Camelot, made no secret of the Britishness of its attempt. It had lined...

  31. February 25, 2010

    Expert opinions

    Sir Richard Branson, Mo Ibrahim, Kumi Naidoo, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sir Martin Sorrell, Donald Trump and Eike Batista share...

  32. February 23, 2010

    The kids are alright but they need help

    Paul Volcker is 82. The former chairman of the Federal Reserve was asked last month by President Barack Obama, 48, to advise...

  33. February 22, 2010

    The kids are alright but they need help

    Paul Volcker is 82. The former chairman of the Federal Reserve was asked last month by President Barack Obama, 48, to advise...

  34. February 5, 2010

    Entrepreneur sells himself – for real

    An ambitious young entrepreneur is attempting to personalise private equity investment with a £1m funding round for a 10 per...

  35. December 19, 2009

    True libertarian would return the cash

    From Mr Marc McDonald. Sir, In your profile of Burt Rutan, the engineer behind Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo suborbital...

  36. October 5, 2009

    Economic truths

    Soon after I arrived at the Thunderbird School of Global Management five years ago, a group of faculty members, students and...

  37. July 29, 2009

    Abu Dhabi company has stellar vision for Virgin Galactic stake

    An Abu Dhabi state-linked investment company is planning to buy a 32 per cent stake in Virgin Galactic, the commercial...

  38. July 28, 2009

    Abu Dhabi group backs Branson’s space tourism push

    An Abu Dhabi state-linked investment company is planning to buy a 32 per cent stake in Virgin Galactic, the commercial space...

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