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May 6, 2012 | By Hugo Martin
To celebrate the launch last month of Virgin Atlantic's newly redesigned upper-class section, the British-based airline is giving passengers some extended face time with Richard Branson, the carrier's billionaire founder. Upper-class passengers can order drinks chilled by ice cubes shaped to look like Branson's head and face. Four designers hired by the airline spent six weeks creating the mold for the Branson cubes. Branson founded the Virgin Group, a conglomerate that owns interests in Virgin Atlantic and San Francisco-based Virgin America airlines, among other businesses.
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BUSINESS
February 23, 2014 | By Jonathan Ford
Few entrepreneurs have grasped as clearly as Richard Branson the importance of public relations in modern business. Over the past 25 years, the tycoon has assembled an empire by trading access to the likable image that he and his Virgin brand project in return for hard assets and stakes in enterprises. Behind the happy-go-lucky exterior is a carefully contrived pose. This portrays Branson - in fact a vastly rich, private-jet-toting tax exile - as a combination of hippie and buccaneer, a scrappy outsider taking on complacent and anticompetitive giants of big business.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 17, 2012 | Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Sept. 16 - 22 in PDF format This week's TV Movies CBS This Morning Alan Mulally; Richard Branson; Joel Osteen; Ken Follett. (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today Pattie Mallette; Mindy Kaling; Pink; Penny Marshall; organizing a garage. (N) 7 a.m. KNBC Good Morning America Jewel; Easton Corbin. (N) 7 a.m. KABC Rachael Ray Chef Guy Fieri. (N) 8 a.m. KCAL Live With Kelly and Michael Kelsey Grammer.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 10, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Kate Winslet and husband Ned Rocknroll have welcomed their first child together, a baby boy. The child, Winslet's third, was born Saturday in Britain, the actress' rep confirmed to People . While no name has been revealed, the tot clocked in at 9 pounds, according to the Mail Online, and mom and baby are doing well.  The couple, who got married last December, announced in June that they were expecting. They're "thrilled to bits," the Oscar winner's rep told the Mail.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan
British billionaire Richard Branson and his space company Virgin Galactic unveiled plans to build a new air-launched rocket designed to deliver small satellites into orbit for a fraction of today's price. LauncherOne will be a two-stage rocket capable of carrying up to 500-pound satellites into orbit for prices below $10 million, Branson said. The new vehicle's first commercial flight is scheduled to blast off by 2016. Virgin Galactic makes its spaceships in Mojave , where the crafts are currently undergoing test flights.
BUSINESS
February 19, 2013 | By Alejandro Lazo
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson is among the first group of billionaires from outside the U.S. who have signed up to donate at least half of their wealth to charitable causes as part of the Giving Pledge initiative started by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates. The 12 foreign billionaires who have signed on to the pledge bring the total of signatures to 105 families, according to Bloomberg News. The initiative asking billionaires to pledge at least half of their fortune to philanthropy has largely been focused on the wealthy in the U.S. “As a young man, I never set out to make money,” Branson wrote in his pledge letter.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Scott Collins
NBC is hoping to get a space-travel reality show off the ground this time.  The network is teaming up with producer Mark Burnett and billionaire Richard Branson to make "Space Race," a competition series that would send the winner up in SpaceShipTwo, a commercial space-travel service from Branson's Virgin Galactic. The series could offer Virgin a key opportunity to plug its services.  FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV preview 2013 "Virgin Galactic's mission is to democratize space, eventually making commercial space travel affordable and accessible to all," Branson wrote in a statement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 6, 2011 | By Mike Reicher and Kurt Streeter, Los Angeles Times
One of them owns a twin-engine airplane and a helicopter. The other? A fleet of spaceships. Richard Branson, the billionaire adventurer, and Newport Beach real estate investor Chris Welsh unveiled a one-person submarine Tuesday that they said will be used to explore the deepest reaches of the world's oceans. The pair said they will begin later this year with the Mariana Trench, a 36,000-foot-deep valley that has not been visited by mankind since 1960, when a bulky, two-man submarine operated by the U.S. Navy made the voyage.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 9, 2004 | Robert Lloyd, Times Staff Writer
With tonight's premiere of Fox's "The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best," America now has two television series in which ambitious twentysomethings vie for the favor of a very rich man, and for the chance to make a lot of money in his service.
BUSINESS
May 23, 1999 | MARK MAGNIER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Luxury movie theaters might seem an unlikely blow on behalf of consumers, but the latest entrant to Japan's musty cinema industry purports to be just that. Virgin Theaters, a venture by entertainment and airline entrepreneur Richard Branson, opened its first Japanese cinema in April in a suburb of Fukuoka. The company plans as many as three more theaters this year as part of a $100-million, 20-site plan for the next five years.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 5, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Following the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela, who died Thursday at age 95, the celebrity world was quick to react, both on social media and in statements. A surprising number of celebrities had met Mandela in person and sent out photos of their meetings along with their condolences. Among them were: Larry King , "Sad to hear about the passing of Nelson Mandela -- he was the greatest figure of the 21st century -- a fascinating man. " Gloria Estefan , "RIP Nelson Mandela, who truly changed the world with his sacrifice ... it was an honor to have been in his presence.
BUSINESS
November 26, 2013 | By Shan Li
Virgin Galactic, the company aimed at taking tourists to space, is accepting the digital currency bitcoin as payment for future space travel. Richard Branson, the British billionaire who founded the futuristic company, called bitcoin "a brilliantly conceived idea" that has "really captured the imagination recently. " "All of our future astronauts are pioneers in their own right," Branson wrote in a blog post titled "Bitcoins in space. " "This is one more way to be forward-looking.
NEWS
October 4, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
It had to happen: "Voice" and "Survivor" producer Mark Burnett is teaming up with Richard Branson for the ultimate unscripted TV show in which average Americans compete for a chance to go into outer space. NBC on Thursday announced an exclusive deal with the pair for "Space Race," a show it's hyping as a "groundbreaking, elimination competition series. " Winners score a ride on Branson's Virgin Galactic's SpaceShipTwo, which made successful test flights this year in its quest to take commercial passengers into space.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 3, 2013 | By Scott Collins
NBC is hoping to get a space-travel reality show off the ground this time.  The network is teaming up with producer Mark Burnett and billionaire Richard Branson to make "Space Race," a competition series that would send the winner up in SpaceShipTwo, a commercial space-travel service from Branson's Virgin Galactic. The series could offer Virgin a key opportunity to plug its services.  FULL COVERAGE: Fall TV preview 2013 "Virgin Galactic's mission is to democratize space, eventually making commercial space travel affordable and accessible to all," Branson wrote in a statement.
OPINION
August 18, 2013 | By Richard Branson and James Cameron
We share a deep and abiding passion for and fascination with the ocean that has led us since childhood to wander the world under the waves. We also share an increasing concern that the health of the ocean is rapidly deteriorating under the strain of human pressure and neglect. The evidence is everywhere, from plastic waste at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean to flattened remains of deep ocean reefs hundreds of miles from land, bulldozed by bottom trawlers. No part of the ocean, no matter how deep or remote, is safe anymore.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 6, 2013 | By Christie DZurilla
Justin Bieber in outer space? We imagine that's right about where his Calabasas neighbors would like to see him these days.  Bieber and manager Scooter Braun have signed up for a Virgin Galactic suborbital flight, Virgin founder Richard Branson announced Wednesday on Twitter. "Great to hear @justinbieber & @scooterbraun are latest @virgingalactic future astronauts," Branson said . "Congrats, see you up there!" PHOTOS: Justin Bieber in concert The Biebs retweeted the message to his more than 40 million followers.
BUSINESS
November 1, 1994 | From Reuters
Virgin, new to the business game 25 years ago but now experienced in the art of sales seduction, is stretching its brand in new directions. Best known in America for its cheap flights to London on Virgin Air and its big-city music department stores, the British company thinks it can easily branch out into new areas.
BUSINESS
May 19, 2013 | By Hugo Martin
Virgin America is making it easier to befriend other passengers at 35,000 feet. The Burlingame, Calif.-based airline's touch-screen entertainment units on every seat now have a feature that lets passengers buy drinks, meals and snacks for fellow passengers and follow it up with a text message. If you are feeling really charitable, the entertainment system lets you swipe your credit card and open a tab so you can keep the party going throughout the flight. The service was launched last month with the start of a new Virgin America route from Los Angeles to Las Vegas.
NEWS
May 2, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
Virgin Galactic has trained more than 140 "space agents" worldwide to sell tickets for the first commercial space flights that may begin as soon as early next year. "We have two clients signed up," Bell deSouza of Mansour Travel in Beverly Hills said Wednesday. The agency is one of eight in California authorized to sell the $200,000 ticket to ride. Monday's successful test flight of Virgin Galactic 's SpaceShipTwo in Mojave brought the idea of commercial space travel a bit closer to reality.
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