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  • DUBAI, Jan 25- Abu Dhabi state fund Aabar Investments is seeking to borrow $2.5 billion from banks to refinance a loan coming due in April, sources aware of the matter said on Monday. Aabar, with stakes in companies including UniCredit, Dubai- listed builder Arabtec and Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic, declined to comment. It has since kept a lower profile as it...

  • "Driving down the cost of the launch, which is the single greatest barrier to entry for the startups and the investors... makes much more viable," said Jeff Matthews, director of venture strategy and research at the Space Frontier Foundation, a space advocacy nonprofit. Rocket companies including Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic have also had catastrophic...

  • PARIS, Dec 6- Heads of companies including Unilever and Virgin Group urged a Paris summit on Sunday to get on track to limit temperature rises to the lowest possible level by setting a goal of phasing out fossil fuel use by 2050.. Last month, they called on the Paris summit, held on Nov. 30- Dec. 11, to set a goal of cutting greenhouse gas emissions to "net zero" by 2050, by...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Dec 1-- A new law clears U.S. companies to own what they mine from asteroids and other celestial bodies, ending a legal quandary that had overshadowed technical and financial issues facing the startups, industry officials said on Tuesday. Gbenga Oduntan, a visiting professor from the University of Kent in Britain and an expert in international...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Nov 19- United Launch Alliance, a joint venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, said Thursday it will jump into the booming market for miniature satellites known as CubeSats, officials said. Companies developing small satellite networks include Google's SkyBox Imaging, BlackSky Global, which is backed by Paul Allen's Vulcan Capital, Planet...

  • NEW YORK, Nov 4- What does it mean to be a success? Everyone from Microsoft's Bill Gates to Virgin's Richard Branson are deploying their business acumen to help the causes that are most meaningful to them. "I was around 15 in Flemington, New Jersey, and applied for the job cold.

  • Virgin Atlantic CEO: Focus on essence of innovation Thursday, 15 Oct 2015 | 9:18 AM ET
    Virgin Atlantic CEO: Focus on essence of innovation

    CNBC's Simon Hobbs talks with Craig Kreeger, Virgin Atlantic CEO about the future of airline travel.

  • WELLINGTON, Oct 2- Silicon Valley's Moon Express Inc said it has signed up Lockheed Martin-backed Rocket Lab to launch its robotic spacecraft as it seeks to become the first private venture to reach the moon. Under the launch services contract, Rocket Lab, which was founded in New Zealand but is now headquartered in Los Angeles, will use its Electron rocket system...

  • Richard Branson: VW cheating may be 'positive news' Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 9:08 AM ET
    Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group, Founder and Chairman

    Billionaire entrepreneur and outspoken environmentalist Richard Branson tells CNBC the Volkswagen emissions scandal should be a wake-up call to automakers.

  • Red Flower's sustainable beauty-profit plan Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 7:50 AM ET
    Red Flower's sustainable beauty-profit plan

    Yael Alkalay, Red Flower founder, and Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, discuss promoting a business world that is sustainable.

  • VW should have invested in batteries rather than diesel: Branson

    Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, explains why he thinks Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal is actually a good thing for the auto industry.

  • Biz opportunities in clean energy: Branson Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 7:35 AM ET
    Biz opportunities in clean energy: Branson

    Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder; Christiana Figueres, UNFCCC executive secretary, and Jose Maria Figueres Olsen, Carbon War Room chair, discuss ways to profit and create jobs in clean energy.

  • Private players race to conquer space: Branson Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 7:14 AM ET
    Private players race to conquer space: Branson

    Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, and Will Pomerantz, Virgin Galactic vp, talk about space travel and ways to fund exploration of the galaxy while still making it economical. And Hannah Kerner, SEDS chairman, discusses space education for students.

  • Spotting a great entrepreneur: Branson Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 7:06 AM ET
    Spotting a great entrepreneur: Branson

    Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, talks about some of his past failures and the lessons he learned from them. Also Branson shares his thoughts on what he looks for in a great entrepreneur.

  • Branson: Building the Virgin brand Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 7:03 AM ET
    Branson: Building the Virgin brand

    Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, discusses how he chooses the kinds of businesses he wants to be in.

  • Richard Branson's 'Pitch 2 Rich' advice Monday, 28 Sep 2015 | 6:48 AM ET
    Richard Branson's 'Pitch 2 Rich' advice

    Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group founder, shares leadership advice for budding entrepreneurs. And Terry Johnson, Original Stix founder, discusses his startup which makes iPhone cases out of broken hockey sticks.

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 15- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unveiled plans on Tuesday to build a rocket manufacturing plant and launch site in Florida to better compete with fellow billionaires using their fortunes and tech prowess to open a new frontier in human space travel and exploration. Bezos' space startup, Blue Origin, intends to invest more than $200 million...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., Sept 15 (Reuters)- Amazon founder Jeff Bezos unveiled plans on Tuesday to build a rocket manufacturing plant and launch site in Florida to better compete with fellow billionaires using their fortunes and tech prowess to open a new frontier in human space travel and exploration. Bezos' space startup, Blue Origin, intends to invest more than $200...

  • Branson: 'I'm very proud of Virgin Australia' Wednesday, 9 Sep 2015 | 12:48 AM ET
    Branson: 'I'm very proud of Virgin Australia'

    Virgin Australia has grown into a "formidable airline" over the past 15 years, giving "Qantas Airways a real run for their money," Virgin Group founder Richard Branson told CNBC.

  • From Wimbledon champ to jewelry entrepreneur Monday, 31 Aug 2015 | 2:59 PM ET
    Serina Williams and Marion Bartoli

    2013 Wimbledon champ Marion Bartoli is now out of tennis and running a jewelry business.

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