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  • "The United Arab Emirates is seeking to confirm its status as a spacefaring nation," he told a gathering at an event rolling out the federal body in the capital, Abu Dhabi, that featured models of Emirati satellites and waiters serving space-themed canapés, like hummus in metal squeeze tubes. Abu Dhabi's Al Yah Satellite Communications Co., better known as Yahsat,...

  • April 30- Budget airline Virgin America Inc is moving to finance five aircraft before interest rates rise, Chief Financial Officer Peter Hunt said in an interview Thursday. Virgin America recently announced it has financed about 80 percent of the purchase price of five other A320 aircraft scheduled for delivery this year. It had an initial public offering in...

  • JOHANNESBURG, April 16- South African investment house Brait SE is to pay $1 billion for a controlling stake in gym group Virgin Active, Brait said on Thursday, seeking to tap the growing health-conscious middle classes particularly in Africa and Asia. The fitness chain, jointly owned by the Virgin Group of entrepreneur Richard Branson and buyout firm CVC...

  • The fitness chain, jointly owned by the Virgin Group of entrepreneur Richard Branson and buyout firm CVC Capital Partners, has 267 gyms across nine countries including South Africa, home to the largest number of Virgin Active clubs, Thailand and Britain. Brait has proposed to take an 80 percent stake in Virgin Active for 682 million pounds, valuing the gym chain...

  • INSIGHT-London stakes its claim as global bitcoin hub Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 12:33 PM ET

    *Bitcoin backers say UK attitude makes London attractive. *World's biggest bitcoin networking group is London- based. LONDON, April 15- London, centre of the $5- trillion- a-day global currency market, now wants to be home to a controversial upstart- bitcoin.

  • MIAMI, March 11- The former chief executive of Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd sued Richard Branson's Virgin Group in federal court in Miami for $300 million on Wednesday over plans by the British billionaire to launch his own luxury cruise line. Virgin Group announced the Bain Capital- backed cruise line project last December. As CEO of the new Virgin...

  • *Commercial space economy valued at $250 billion. HAIFA, Israel, March 4- Israel is embarking on a five-year mission to stake its claim on a crowded new frontier, the $250 billion a year commercial space market. China plans to build its own space station by 2022, and Google co-founder Larry Page is backing an asteroid mining company.

  • NEW YORK, March 2- Honeywell International Inc said on Monday it has teamed up with satellite internet startup OneWeb Ltd to expand the high-speed data services it offers to aircraft. Honeywell already supplies some services through satellite providers such as Iridium Communications Inc and Inmarsat Plc. But the faster speeds and low latency that OneWeb...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 5- A group of high-profile CEOs on Thursday called on world leaders to agree to bring the balance of greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century in a global climate change deal to be finalized in Paris in December. The leaders of B Team, a coalition about 12 CEOs and policymakers including Virgin founder Richard Branson, Unilever chief Paul...

  • CEOs call for zero emissions goal in Paris climate deal Thursday, 5 Feb 2015 | 12:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON, Feb 5- A group of high-profile CEOs on Thursday called on world leaders to agree to bring the balance of greenhouse gas emissions to zero by mid-century in a global climate change deal to be finalized in Paris in December. The leaders of Team B, a coalition about 12 CEOs and policymakers including Virgin founder Richard Branson, Unilever chief Paul...

  • Face to Face: Richard Branson and will.i.am Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 6:59 PM ET
    Sir Richard Branson and Will.I.Am at 2015 WEF in Davos, Switzerland.

    This year, CNBC teamed up with Facebook to bring together some of the smartest minds at Davos to answer your questions.

  • Face to Face: Richard Branson and will.i.am   Wednesday, 21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 PM ET
    Face to face: Richard Branson and will.i.am

    Richard Branson and will.i.am join us in our latest "Face to Face" conversation in Davos to discuss their career paths, what motivates them, and the one electronic device they can't give up.

  • If you could be any other CEO, who would you be? Friday, 16 Jan 2015 | 12:14 PM ET
    Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk speaking in Detroit, January 13, 2015.

    At the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference, executives name the CEOs they'd most like to replace.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Jan 15- Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Qualcomm Inc will invest in a venture to build and fly a constellation of 648 satellites that can provide high-speed, global Internet access, company officials said on Thursday. Some of the spacecraft will be launched by Virgin's spaceflight company, Virgin Galactic, which is developing a...

  • Biogen exec says he would trade places with Musk   Thursday, 15 Jan 2015 | 8:15 AM ET
    Healthcare execs' favorite CEOs

    Healthcare industry executives name the CEOs they'd be most willing to trade places with.

  • SAN FRANCISCO, Dec 10- Doctor On Demand is the latest Silicon Valley startup to bet that people will turn to mobile devices for confidential counseling. The Doctor On Demand app is available on mobile devices with both Google Inc's Android and Apple Inc's iOS platforms. It has raised $24 million from such venture firms as Andreessen Horowitz and Google Ventures,...

  • Virgin America's Nasdaq debut   Friday, 14 Nov 2014 | 10:31 AM ET
    Virgin America's Nasdaq debut

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs speaks to David Cush, Virgin America president & CEO, about their Nasdaq debut and if the crash of Virgin Galactic spacecraft disrupted their IPO roadshow.

  • Virgin America will be solid, small airline: Expert

    Michael Boyd, The Boyd Group chairman, discusses Virgin America's IPO and its plan to generate ridership based on high quality and low costs. And CNBC's Phil LeBeau shares his thoughts on competition among airlines.

  • How to spend a $1 million bonus Wednesday, 12 Nov 2014 | 1:37 PM ET
    Stack of money

    It's bonus season! Turney Duff breaks down the anatomy of a $1 million bonus — and how to spend it.

  • Virgin Galactic investigation: NTSB's first clue   Monday, 3 Nov 2014 | 10:50 AM ET
    Virgin Galactic investigation: NTSB's first clue

    CNBC's Jane Wells reports the latest details on the crash of Virgin Galactic SpaceShipTwo spacecraft. Wells says the NTSB may have its first clue as to what caused the breakup.

Small Business

  • Help wanted jobs employment jobless claims small business

    Attracting talent and managing growth remain challenges for entrepreneurs, according to iCONIC conference participants.

  • Apple iPad

    A New York City cowboy boot business sells classic styles, but it improves sales by using analytics on an iPad app.

  • McDonald's shareholders win

    McDonald's CEO Steve Easterbrook held the company's annual shareholder meeting today. CNBC's Kate Rogers is there with the details of the meeting and on the protests outside.