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  • Virgin Threatens to Give Up on UK Rail Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 2:26 AM ET
    Richard Branson

    Sir Richard Branson has threatened to pull his Virgin Group out of bidding for any future U.K. rail contracts after losing the lucrative West Coast franchise to FirstGroup, the U.K.’s biggest bus and train operator by revenues, the FT reports.

  • Virgin America Inaugural Flight

    Virgin America launched the only daily nonstop flight from San Francisco to Washington Reagan National Airport. And with some very recognizable help (sort of).

  • Virgin America Launches Upgraded Loyalty Program Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 2:06 PM ET

    Virgin America recently launched an upgraded loyalty program. What new perks are in store for top frequent fliers?

  • Richard Branson: 'You Can't Just Turn Up and Wing It' Thursday, 9 Aug 2012 | 11:52 AM ET
    Sir Richard Branson arrives on the beach after attempting to cross the English channel by kite surfing.

    Teamwork is as important in business as in sports. Take a cue from Richard Branson, who successfully translates athletic skills into business success.

  • Richard Branson's Five Rules for Business Thursday, 2 Aug 2012 | 4:34 PM ET
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    When starting Student magazine and then Virgin Music, Richard Branson followed five simple guidelines that he still finds relevant and useful today.

  • The Market for Private Islands Is Sinking Tuesday, 24 Jul 2012 | 11:03 AM ET
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    With more than 600 private islands for sale around the world, prices have fallen by between 20 percent and 80 percent, creating a buyer's market for a private piece of paradise.

  • Sir Richard Branson on Virgin's Expansion     Friday, 25 May 2012 | 11:35 AM ET

    "Virgin Atlantic's got a number of new routes this year... you can't sit still, even in difficult times, it's important to continue to expand," Sir Richard Branson, president of Virgin Atlantic, told CNBC as his company launched a new route between London and Vancouver.

  • Virgin Atlantic Serves Richard Branson On Ice Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 10:31 AM ET
    Richard Branson Ice Cubes

    The founder of the airline that offers swanky new cabins and onboard bars for its first class passengers just got a little cooler — literally. Virgin Atlantic introduced specialty ice cubes shaped like Sir Richard Branson on select flights. But is it funny or creepy?

  • Richard Branson on 'Screw Business as Usual'     Tuesday, 1 May 2012 | 8:30 AM ET

    Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder & chairman, offers insight on his book, "Screw Business as Usual," with CNBC's "Squawk Box" team.

  • Virgin Galactic VSS Enterprise spacecraft

    Having trouble finding flights when redeeming frequent flyer miles, travelers are choosing alternative experiences – not flights. How about at stay at a French chateau, space travel or a vest autographed by George Clooney?

  • Virgin America Launches Philadelphia Flights Thursday, 5 Apr 2012 | 4:07 PM ET
    Virgin America's Philadelphia launch

    Virgin America on Wednesday began service at Philadelphia International Airport. Passengers were greeted by Sir Richard Branson and welcomed to participate in a "tailgate on the tarmac" celebration marking the 17th new destination for the airline.

  • Billionaire Toys Monday, 2 Apr 2012 | 5:15 PM ET
    There are few sensations that can beat the thrill of a frivolous purchase. After struggling all month to make sure that the rent, bills and car payments are paid in a timely fashion, it can be downright exhilarating to blow a big chunk of change on something unnecessary.Sadly, the thrill passes once the next billing cycle kicks in. That $300 pair of shoes may have seemed like a well-deserved extravagance, but now it’s starting to feel like an ill-advised and anxiety-provoking mistake.The morning

    Billionaires can buy every toy that catches their fancy, including antique cars, jumbo jets, and spaceships. What are some of the toys the world’s billionaires have bought?

  • Cohan: Corporations Need to Think Like a Start-Up Friday, 20 Jan 2012 | 12:57 PM ET

    How do the best entrepreneurs manage to succeed so often and so convincingly?

  • 10 Serial Entrepreneurs Wednesday, 21 Dec 2011 | 10:45 AM ET
    Serial entrepreneurs can’t seem to stop at one business, and don’t let failures throw them off course. While some of the best-known entrepreneurs, such as Richard Branson and Oprah Winfrey, have earned billions of dollars from their ventures, for many it's less about the potential for making money, and more about the excitement of creating and nurturing a company. Some started their first, homegrown businesses as children, while other serial entrepreneurs discovered their drive as adults. They m

    While some stick with their businesses long-term, serial entrepreneurs often are driven by the excitement of creating and investing in new ventures and wind up launching a string of companies.

  • Banking on Northern Rock     Monday, 5 Dec 2011 | 8:21 AM ET

    Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder & chairman, discusses his joint venture with Wilbur Ross to buy failed bank Northern Rock.

  • Northern Rock Cash Used to Fund Deal Saturday, 19 Nov 2011 | 1:03 PM ET

    A third of the price that Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Money is paying to buy Northern Rock will be funded from the state-owned bank’s current capital base, the Financial Times has discovered.

  • Northern Rock Deal Shows Markets Healing: Ross Thursday, 17 Nov 2011 | 8:38 AM ET

    The sale of Northern Rock bank to a group led by vulture investors Wilbur Ross and Richard Branson is part of a market return to more rational behavior, Ross told CNBC.

  • Daughter Heirs-Apparent of Mega Moguls Monday, 10 Oct 2011 | 11:55 AM ET
    In today’s world of business, daughters are just as likely as sons to be the heir-apparent to the family business. From North America to Europe to Asia, there’s a generation of heir apparents with the skills and experience to run some of the world’s most high-profile firms. All of these women could probably make it without help from ‘Daddy.’ They’re smart and savvy, have earned world-class degrees, and are business leaders in their own right. More important, they have a major stake in the family

    In today’s world, daughters are just as likely as sons to be the heirs-apparent to the family business. Find out who they are.

  • Tax Plan to Turn Old Buildings ‘Green’ Finds Favor Tuesday, 20 Sep 2011 | 10:34 AM ET

    A business consortium that includes Lockheed Martin and Barclays bank plans to invest as much as $650 million over the next few years to slash the energy consumption of buildings in the Miami and Sacramento areas. It is the most ambitious effort yet to jump-start a national market for energy upgrades that many people believe could eventually be worth billions. The New York Times reports.

  • Sir Richard Branson One-On-One     Tuesday, 13 Sep 2011 | 7:40 PM ET

    If I were running America, I would make sure the ten percent unemployed have jobs, says Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder/chairman, discussing the impact of the European banking crisis on business operations and the economic recovery.

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