Richard Branson


  • Biggest Businesses Run by College Dropouts Tuesday, 2 Aug 2011 | 3:58 PM ET
    Position: CEO, CarnivalMarket Cap: $19.6 billion Instead of spending four years in college, this chief executive spent time working his way up the chain of command at . Micky Arison, the CEO of Carnival, started in the sales department and was promoted to reservations manager in 1974. He was later promoted to vice president of passenger traffic and just three years later he was named president of the company. Arison helped acquire Holland America Line, Windstar Cruises and Westours, allowing Car

    From computers to cruise lines, these 10 CEOs made it to the top without a college degree and defied the idea that to be successful, you have to have a diploma.

  • Virgin Blue Goes Upmarket With Name Change Wednesday, 4 May 2011 | 4:10 AM ET
    Sir Richard Branson at a rebranding launch, which saw Virgin Australia replace Virgin Blue and V Australia, at Sydney Airport on May 4, 2011.

    Low-cost carrier Virgin Blue, which has grown into Australia’s second-largest airline since its launch 10 years ago, is now looking to go up market in an attempt to grab an even greater slice of the market.

  • In his new book, "HOW TO RUN THE WORLD Charting a Course to the Next Renaissance," Khanna takes a look at the current global chaos and offers up a road-map out of the "Dark Ages."

  • Europe's Airports Were Closed 'Too Long': Branson Wednesday, 21 Apr 2010 | 5:31 PM ET

    European politicians closed airports for “too far” and “too long” due to the volcanic ash from Iceland, Richard Branson, the former founder of Virgin Airlines, told CNBC Wednesday.

  • Virgin Galactic Unveils Commercial Spaceship Monday, 7 Dec 2009 | 11:21 AM ET

    A spacecraft designed to rocket wealthy tourists into space as early as 2011 was unveiled Monday in what backers of the venture hope will signal a new era in aviation history.

  • Branson's Mars Mission: Prankster Or Pathfinder? Tuesday, 1 Apr 2008 | 3:56 PM ET
    Richard Branson

    Is he or isn't he, that is the question. I'm talking about Sir Richard Branson and his lofty (extraterrestrial?) goal of a manned mission to Mars, in partnership with Sergey Brin and Larry Page at Google.

  • Virgin Blue Says New Airline to Fly Sydney-LA Route Sunday, 30 Mar 2008 | 8:09 PM ET

    Australia's Virgin Blue Holdings said on Monday its new airline, V Australia, planned to start daily flights between Sydney and Los Angeles from December.

  • Credit Watch: Fed to Pump More Funds Into Markets Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 12:50 PM ET

    The U.S. Federal Reserve and European Central Bank announced plans to pump more funds into troubled money markets to give banks enough cash to tide them through a year-end squeeze.

  • Virgin Team Picked for Northern Rock Rescue Monday, 26 Nov 2007 | 11:54 AM ET
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    A consortium led by Richard Branson's Virgin Group has been picked as the preferred bidder to rescue Northern Rock and plans to repay 11 billion pounds ($22.6 billion) quickly to the Bank of England.

  • Virgin Group Proposes Northern Rock Takeover Friday, 12 Oct 2007 | 12:49 PM ET

    Virgin Group, controlled by entrepreneur Richard Branson, is leading a consortium that has submitted a rescue plan for British bank Northern Rock that would inject a "substantial cash sum," it said on Friday.

  • Virgin Mobile Files for IPO at $15-$17 Per Share Tuesday, 25 Sep 2007 | 10:42 AM ET

    Virgin Mobile USA -- a venture of Sprint Nextel and billionaire Richard Branson's Virgin -- on Tuesday filed for an initial public offering worth up to $467.5 million, earmarked for repaying debts and general purposes. Virgin, which sells mobile services to young people who pay for phone calls in advance, expects to price 27.5 million Class A common shares at $15 to $17 per share.

  • Google Sponsors $30 Million Moon Lander Contest Thursday, 13 Sep 2007 | 3:05 PM ET

    Like the Ansari X Prize, which was claimed in 2004 by aircraft designer Burt Rutan and financier Paul Allen for a pair of flights by SpaceShipOne, the Google Lunar X Prize is open to private industry and non-government entities worldwide.

  • Richard Branson: Fake Jane/Real Jane Thinks He's Awesome Wednesday, 8 Aug 2007 | 10:13 AM ET
    Richard Branson

    Who doesn’t want to be Sir Richard Branson? Today, though, he may have bitten of more than his beknighted mouth can chew. I wish him well in starting a new airline based in San Francisco, Virgin America. He will need luck. Folks, if you’ve ever flown in or out of San Francisco, you know what I'm talking about—the bitter resentment growing in your belly as the fog settles in once more and delays your flight for two hours.

  • Virgin America's Flights Set for Aug. 8 Thursday, 19 Jul 2007 | 5:06 AM ET

    Maverick airline Virgin America plans to begin selling tickets Thursday, giving travelers their first chance to book a trip on planes equipped to pamper passengers even when they aren't flying first class.

  • Richard Branson is willing to buy back Singapore Airlines' 49 percent stake in his airline, Virgin Atlantic, London's  Times newspaper reported.

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