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# richard branson

This year
Richard Branson’s satellite launch company Virgin Orbit files for bankruptcy
Last week, the group said it would cut about 85% of its workforce as it continued to search for a funding lifeline.
First UK rocket launch ends in failure after suffering ‘anomaly’
The Virgin Orbit plane flew to 35,000ft over the Atlantic Ocean where it jettisoned the rocket containing nine small satellites towards space.
All time
Opinion: The billionaire space race is the ultimate symbol of capitalism’s flawed obsession with growth
Professor Tim Jackson says he’s not a technophobe, but that maybe humanity should pay more attention to the planet right now than heading into space.
Explainer: Where exactly does space begin?
Jeff Bezos set off in a rocket today – but did he actually go to space?
Jeff Bezos has flown just above the Karman line - a commonly referenced definition for the boundary between Earth and space.
However there is no set limit for the edge of space and experts differ on where the boundary is established.
Opinion: The billionaire space race is the ultimate symbol of capitalism’s flawed obsession with growth
Amazon's Jeff Bezos just launched himself to the edge of space
Richard Branson and Virgin Galactic crew fly to edge of space
Branson is the first owner-astronaut to take part in a mission.
Billionaire Richard Branson set for first space flight with Virgin Galactic
The billionaire businessman will test the ‘private astronaut experience’ during his flight this month.
Venezuela's government to stage concert to rival Richard Branson's charity one
The concert will be held on the Simon Bolivar bridge which links San Antonio, Venezuela with Cucuta, in Colombia, where aid sent by the US is being held up and stored.
Virgin Galactic reaches space for first time
“This is a momentous day and I could not be more proud of our teams,” Richard Branson said.
Virgin Galactic is expecting to launch its first space mission 'within weeks'
Richard Branson says that the company is ‘more than tantalisingly close’.
Richard Branson is training to become an astronaut
Branson says he has increased his fitness training by playing tennis four times a day.
Virgin Trains to resume selling Daily Mail after strong criticism
“We must not ever be seen to be censoring what our customers read and influencing their freedom of choice,” he has said.
Conor McGregor squared up to Richard Branson before a brief Twitter spat with Floyd Mayweather
Between this and renting out Funderland, he’s had a busy week.
Jeremy Corbyn is going to cheer Tories by being re-elected Labour leader today. He's had quite the year
Unable to field a Shadow Cabinet after losing the support of Labour MPs, he is expected to see off a leadership tilt today.
Billionaire Richard Branson thought he was going to die after falling off his bike
He shared photos of his injuries today.
Billionaire Richard Branson has just called out Jeremy Corbyn with a CCTV video
Last week Corbyn sat on the floor of a Virgin train, but the company says there were plenty of seats.
How does it feel to pitch to Richard Branson for €1.2m? This Irish company is about to find out...
Foodcloud’s Iseult Ward is among six finalists who will pitch to the Virgin Group founder for a share of the €1.2 million prize.
Virgin Media will be hoping for a Richard Branson bounce in Ireland
The company shed more customers over the three months before it was officially renamed from UPC.
Richard Branson is no stranger to mad publicity stunts. Here are some of his best ones
It’s all in the best possible taste.
UPC customers are now Virgin Media customers - so will our remote controls work now?
Their CEO says they will. But what else will the UPC rebrand mean for existing customers?
Richard Branson rode in on a massive truck and picked up one of our women
Virgin Media pulled out all the stops for their Dublin 4 launch this morning.
The secret to building a great business? Hire people you actually want to work with
Do as Richard Branson would when it comes to recruitment.
Goodbye UPC, hello Virgin Media
Changes are on the way.
Why Richard Branson isn't a good role model for would-be startup founders
Budding entrepreneurs need to have more realistic goals.
Richard Branson posed naked with a fish and the internet obviously took the mick
*does double take*
Frankie Boyle just dealt a third degree burn to Richard Branson on Twitter
Well, that’s him told.
Richard Branson had to write Gay Byrne's name on his hand to remember who he was
Gay who?
"I respect you enormously normally" - Richard Branson gets testy with Channel 4's Jon Snow
The Virgin founder was asked about levels of risk at Virgin Galactic.
Virgin Galactic spaceship broke apart after a descent device "prematurely deployed"
The initial suspicions come as allegations of poor safety practices are being made.
Why Richard Branson prank-called his own company to speak with Richard Branson
Here’s some smart advice for your company from the billionaire.
Tweet Sweeper: Which Irish celeb was caught rapid with Superquinn sausages?
Our pick of the week’s tweets from famous people.
10 rules of 80s wedding fashion as told by celebrity weddings
More is more, people.
Pic: Richard Branson goes green for St Patrick’s Day
The Virgin founder had dyed his beard green for the big day…
British business leaders warn Cameron over risks of EU exit
Cameron has expressed a desire to renegotiate the conditions of its membership with the 27-country bloc.
Feargal Quinn the most admired entrepreneur among Irish SMEs
The Superquinn founder and independent senator tops a survey of Irish small and medium enterprises.
The Dredge: Rihanna and... Michael Bolton?
Also: Did Britney sleep with K-Fed’s brother, who is Mrs RockNRoll, and which One Directioner listened to Jay-Z during Christmas dinner?
Top readers' comments of the week
Here’s our round-up of the funniest, most thought-provoking and interesting comments you lot made this week. Did you make it in?
Open thread: Do you remember when buying contraceptives was illegal?
Share your story…
In aftermath of Savita death, Richard Branson recalls arrest for selling condoms in Ireland
Branson has called Ireland’s abortion laws “outdated” and called for them to be changed.
Virgin to re-think policy on men sitting beside unaccompanied children
A public backlash has seen Virgin Australia reconsidering a policy barring men from sitting beside unaccompanied children.
Video, photos: Virgin tycoon Richard Branson and son set kitesurfing records
The team also managed not to be arrested by the French police…