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  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., July 28- Test pilots at the helm of a Virgin Galactic passenger spaceship that crashed last year were unaware of the catastrophic consequences of unlocking the craft's moveable tail section too early because of poor training, investigators probing the fatal accident said on Tuesday. The premature unlocking of SpaceShipTwo's hinged tail...

  • These poker-playing ladies know when to hold 'em Sunday, 12 Jul 2015 | 11:47 AM ET
    Shaquille O'Neal at the Harlem Women's Poker Night.

    What began as a cozy game inside a Manhattan loft has now become one of the most elite poker nights around. And the stars are mostly women.

  • Investors pile into health-care start-ups in 2015 Tuesday, 7 Jul 2015 | 10:00 AM ET
    Jawbone's UP3 fitness tracker

    A record amount of money surged into digital health start-ups last year, and in 2015, the capital continues to rush into these private companies.

  • ABUJA, July 1- Nigeria should merge its debt-laden airlines and create a national carrier in partnership with a global airline to boost revenue and create jobs, a ruling party strategy report seen by Reuters on Wednesday shows. Muhammadu Buhari, who was sworn in as president of Africa's top oil producer and biggest economy on May 29, is considering...

  • LONDON, June 28- A British exit from the European Union would set the country back half a century and be catastrophic for its trade and economic prospects, billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said on Sunday. Branson, whose Virgin Group empire ranges from airlines to banking and space travel, was speaking after Prime Minister David Cameron told EU leaders...

  • The fund-raising attracted backing from Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Europe's Airbus Group, which will also build 900 "micro-satellites" designed to extend the reach of the Internet to remote corners of the world. The company, based in Britain's Channel Islands, plans over 65 launches including 39 from Virgin's spaceflight company, Virgin Galactic, and...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., June 25- Privately owned OneWeb, which plans to sell Internet services via satellite, signed contracts with launch service providers Virgin Galactic and Arianespace SA for 60 flights, OneWeb said on Thursday. OneWeb, based in Britain's Channel Islands, also said it has raised $500 million from a consortium of companies, including Europe's...

  • *Group of eight investors include Virgin, Airbus, Bharti. OneWeb, whose backers include Richard Branson's Virgin Group and Indian billionaire Sunil Mittal's Bharti Enterprises, said it would use the funds to acquire 65 commercial rockets to launch satellite-borne Internet services to extend the reach of mobile operators to customers in remote corners of...

  • LONDON, June 25- Business chiefs from companies including BT, easyJet and a local cider maker called on Prime Minister David Cameron to keep Britain in the European Union as he prepared to ask EU leaders for a new deal. A Eurosceptic group published a report this week arguing that Britain could prosper outside the EU, which Britain joined in 1973..

  • MIAMI, June 23- Richard Branson's Virgin Cruises will take delivery of three ships capable of carrying nearly 3,000 passengers each starting in early 2020, the British entrepreneur told reporters during a news conference on Tuesday. Virgin Group announced the Bain Capital- backed project last December. "We go against the grain," said Virgin Cruises Chief...

  • CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. June 15- Europe's Airbus Group will design and build about 900 satellites for privately owned OneWeb Ltd, which plans to offer high-speed, space-based Internet access to billions of people worldwide, company officials said on Monday. Bankrolled in part by Richard Branson's London- based Virgin Group and chipmaker Qualcomm Inc, the project...

  • Richard Branson gives dads paid leave for a year Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 6:22 AM ET
    Richard Branson gives dads paid leave for a year

    Legendary entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson is offering fully-paid paternity leave for a full year for some employees.

  • Branson's new extreme with parental leave Thursday, 11 Jun 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Branson's new extreme with parental leave

    Virgin Group founder Richard Branson announced a full year of parental leave with 100 percent pay for employees who have been with Virgin Management for at least 4 years.

  • When having a big ego can change the world Saturday, 6 Jun 2015 | 12:00 PM ET
    Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla.

    The CEOs of Tesla and Facebook are examples of men possessed with large enough egos that they've carved out their own category of leadership.

  • UPDATE 1-Virgin America pilots vote for unionization Thursday, 4 Jun 2015 | 6:01 PM ET

    June 4- Virgin America Inc said a majority of its pilots voted to be represented by the world's largest pilot union, ending its run as the last major U.S. carrier without collective representation for pilots. "The organizing effort was not unexpected, as Virgin America was the last remaining major U.S. airline without a unionized pilot group," Virgin America said in...

  • Virgin Group names leader of 'Sport' Tuesday, 12 May 2015 | 4:24 PM ET
    Mary Wittenberg and Richard Branson to launch Virgin Sport.

    Mary Wittenberg of NYRR will join Virgin Sport, a branch of Virgin Group that aims to grow participation in running and cycling events.

  • London stakes its claim as global bitcoin hub Wednesday, 15 Apr 2015 | 6:57 PM ET

    London, center of the $5-trillion-a-day global currency market, now wants to be home to a controversial upstart - bitcoin.

  • Face-to-Face: Branson & will.i.am Thursday, 22 Jan 2015 | 7:55 AM ET
    Face to face: Richard Branson and will.i.am

    In CNBC's Face-to-Face video series, CNBC's Becky Quick asks Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, and William Adams, or will.i.am, some questions from fans.

  • 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.

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