Consider who comes to mind when we think of entrepreneurs. Does a day go by without mention of Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg or Richard Branson in the media? While admirable, these men are not accessible, especially to women.
Virgin Group founder Richard Branson details green fuels plan in a battle against global warming.
Richard Branson loves it, says Wubbo Ockels, former astronaut and creator of the super-fast, super-long Superbus.
Imagine traveling in a 20 foot long race car. CNN's Atika Shubert meets the designers of the first Superbus.
Virgin Money, the financial arm of Richard Branson's Virgin conglomerate, has signed a deal to buy the bailed-out bank Northern Rock from the British government, said the companies on Thursday.
From his neatly-trimmed goatee to his love of fast cars and flight, it's not hard to see why Indian industrialist Vijay Mallya is often referred to as his country's Richard Branson.
The pair met while vacationing on Necker Island before the fire
Virgin Group Chairman Sir Richard Branson talks about his home catching fire during a storm on Necker Island.
Family members and friends of billionaire Richard Branson, including actress Kate Winslet, were taking stock of their blessings after their narrow escape from the business magnate's burning Caribbean island home, which had been ignited by a lightning strike.
The British magnate says the star carried his 90-year-old mum to safety in the fire
A lightning strike sparked a fire Monday that destroyed the Caribbean island home of Virgin Group Chairman Richard Branson, a statement from the media mogul said.
The actress and her family were not harmed in the blaze
Malaysian businessman Tony Fernandes has completed his takeover of newly-promoted English Premier League football club, Queens Park Rangers.
CNN's Alex Thomas speaks to Tony Fernandes, new owner of English Premier League team QPR.
There are no roller coasters near Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. No Ferris wheels, either.
Pilots of the British business mogul Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways have broken with tradition and voted in favor of the picket line over a pay proposal, a first in the airlines' history.
The global war on drugs has failed, a high-level commission comprised of former presidents, public intellectuals and other leaders studying drug policies concluded in a report released Thursday.
Adventure-loving billionaire Richard Branson is known for reaching for the stars, but now he's set his sights on a final frontier a little closer to home: the deepest parts of the ocean floor.
Looking for your own piece of paradise? When it comes to exclusivity, it's hard to beat vacationing on a private island.
"Project," an iPad-only magazine from Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Media, debuted Tuesday, and Branson -- with typical flair -- called it no less than the future of publishing.
Richard Branson opens the 10,000 foot runway of Spaceport America, the next step toward commercial space flight.
In March, the VSS Enterprise completed its maiden test flight on its host mothership.
A pair of pilots flew the world's first manned commercial spacecraft over California's Mojave Desert on Sunday, though they were the only ones aboard.
From inside it looks like a swanky bachelor pad, kitted out with an abnormally large aquarium. But, this is no fashionable New York apartment, rather the latest in sub-aquatic luxury -- a cruise yacht that doubles up as a submarine.
Playing high-profile video games quickly from portable devices such as your iPad might get easier after this week's Electronic Entertainment Expo.
In focus -- Banking on biometrics
"Video games are bigger than ever. ... There's never been a better time to get back in," British billionaire Sir Richard Branson said at the E3 trade show Tuesday in announcing his new venture, Virgin Gaming.
British billionaire Richard Branson's dream of space travel that thousands of people can afford took a leap toward reality with the maiden flight of the world's first commercial spacecraft over California's Mojave Desert.
Virgin mogul Richard Branson recently unveiled a new ocean plaything for the intrepid super rich: A deep-sea submarine.
Virgin unveiled the latest addition to Richard Branson's luxury fleet on Friday: an underwater plane that will fly riders into the depths of the Caribbean Sea.
Wall Street bankers are putting together their wish lists for 2010 -- and they're not holding back. After last year's dry spell, bonuses for top-level executives are expected to be sky high. Maybe even records.
CNN's Alex Thomas talks to Virgin owner Richard Branson about the companies new Formula One team, Virgin Racing.
Sir Richard Branson's love of Formula One has officially resulted in one of the world's richest men throwing the full weight of his Virgin brand behind one of the sport's new teams.
The actress wants a ride in the worldâs first commercial passenger spacecraft
Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson on Monday unveiled the winged rocket his company developed to give paying customers a brief taste of space.
As global leaders convene in New York City for UN climate change talks and the Clinton Global Initiative, the world is in greater peril than ever. But we also have unprecedented opportunities to build a sustainable future.
The era when travelers will be able to catch a flight from New Mexico to outer space moved a step closer this week with the official start of construction of Spaceport America.
Virgin has secured a partnership with the Brawn Grand Prix team in Formula One racing, Virgin chief Richard Branson announced Saturday.
Hopes of rescuing the Honda Formula One team appear to be receding in a race against time before the start of the season in Australia on March 29.
Formula One supremo Bernie Ecclestone is talking up the chances of Richard Branson's Virgin Group taking over the beleaguered Honda team.
A six-page rant to Virgin Atlantic's Sir Richard Branson about a woeful in-flight meal attracted so much attention on the Internet that it was rumored to be a clever marketing stunt.
The selection of 2008's Top 10 CNN Heroes was made by a Blue Ribbon Panel of distinguished leaders and humanitarians. All of our judges are themselves heroes to others through their continuing commitment to public service.
When Richard Branson launches his space-tourism business in 2010, Yacov Wrocherinsky will be among the first to soar.
Billionaire Richard Branson's hopes of breaking the transatlantic sailing record this year look to be reducing by the day.
Rough seas forced British billionaire Richard Branson to abandon his attempt to sail across the Atlantic Ocean in record time.
What happens when a billionaire and a gold medal-winning sailor come together?
This month, CNN Business Traveller takes an in-depth look at how the aviation industry is faring as global fuel prices continue to rise.
If your November travel plans include a flight out of Los Angeles, don't be surprised to find yourself standing behind a bald, tattooed human billboard.
ITN's Paul Davies reports on two European airlines seeking a transatlantic deal with American Airlines.
British Airways PLC, American Airlines and Spain's Iberia SA said Thursday they have signed a revenue-sharing deal that -- if approved by regulators -- will see the trio set prices together and share seat capacity on trans-Atlantic flights
So here we were at 6:20 Monday morning at Los Angeles International Airport. Despite the hour, a disc jockey played pulsing club music, a soundtrack that soon continued onboard a Virgin America Airbus with "My Other Ride is a Spaceship" emblazoned behind its nose. A 20-minute flight later, the jet landed in Mojave, Calif., where tycoon Richard Branson awaited.
Virgin Group's Richard Branson talks about a new spacecraft expected to launch space tourists.
The airline industry is seen by many as one of the main culprits when it comes to carbon and greenhouse gas emissions -- and therefore climate change.
CNN's Carl Azuz looks into some previous April Fools' Day hoaxes and tells you how it all got started.
Carla Bruni-Sarkozy has been appointed by Gordon Brown to inject more style and glamour into British life -- if you believe a report in the UK's Guardian newspaper.
The delightful Richard Branson proves yet again that you don't have to toe the line in order to be a successful businessperson. In launching another intriguing business, this time to make private aircraft charters easier to arrange, he cannot avoid the temptation for endless quips, even right off a long flight from India - a charter of course.
Talk about a long wait for takeoff. After stints at Lufthansa and Delta (where he was president), Fred Reid has spent three years trying to get Virgin America off the ground. Though the Department of Transportation initially withheld approval, citing too much foreign control by Richard Branson's Virgin Group, the low-cost carrier finally got the go-ahead in May after restructuring. Flights between San Francisco and New York - featuring mood lighting, leather seats, and a deluxe entertainment system - begin this month. We caught up with Reid at VA's Burlingame, Calif., headquarters to talk travel.
CNN's Rosemary Church speaks with Sir Richard Branson of Virgin Airlines about the biofuel flight.
Yes, Richard Branson has just shown with an experimental Virgin Atlantic flight. The question is how much good it'll do
A woman wearing a T-shirt with the slogan "Go fund yourself" across her chest offers me a grilled shrimp hors d'oeuvre. Another woman, dressed as a "Georgette" (a female version of George Washington), hands out dollar bills with a blank face on the front. The scene? A launch party in Boston for Richard Branson's new company, Virgin Money USA. The message? Branson's new firm will change the face of money by replacing inflexible loans from big banks with a more personal, nimble approach to lending.
Easy money: Richard Branson helps fund U.S. entrepeneurs
Tony Fernandes is the CEO of Air Asia, Asia's leading low fare, no frills airline, flying to destinations across the region.
CNN's Andrew Stevens interviews Tony Fernandes, Founder and CEO, Air Asia, about the growth of Air Asia
Tony Fernandes, founder and CEO of Asia's first low-budget carrier Air Asia, talks with Andrew Stevens.
Leaving school at 16 is not normally the route to success. But Richard Branson did just that, setting up a magazine and then entering the record business.
Virgin Group Founder Richard Branson shares lessons he learned building a global brand.
Richard Branson was born in 1950 and educated at Stowe School. It was here that he began to set up Student Magazine when he was just 16. By 17 he'd also set up Student Advisory Centre, which was a charity to help young people.
After years of preparation and planning, Virgin America finally took off Wednesday, despite delays caused by a summer storm in New York. But whether all the hype surrounding the new airline is anything more than hot air remains to be seen.
That 2007 was a great year for the majority of Americans is hard to deny. Every pollster's measure of our well-being - consumer confidence, household spending, how many think the country is "on the...
We asked the brightest minds in business how they do what they do � and how you can cash in on their advice in the year ahead.
By taking the bang out of the sonic boom a new generation of supersonic cruisers aim to rekindle the glamour of Concorde but make it a more environmentally friendly, and quieter, 21st-century mode of luxury travel.
(CNN) -- Think you could be the next Richard Branson? Look no further -- we'll show you how to get started.
Whether we are commuting to work, flying to business meetings or watching as explorers venture out into space, human activity is relentless. In a world that is constantly in motion, what does the future hold?
From his red tie to his brilliantly socked toes, Duncan Quinn is a fanatical sartorialist. The private-equity attorney turned men's wear designer of the moment has dressed everyone from Hugh Grant ...
Everywhere you look these days, tech and business world luminaries - like Richard Branson, Paul Allen, Steve Case, Vinod Khosla, John Doerr, and Bill Gates - are laying down big bets on ethanol, a substitute for gasoline that's already finding its way into pumps.
Virgin Atlantic boss Richard Branson lets Business Traveller viewers in on the five things that make his life easier when he is on the road.
Former American Airlines CEO Don Carty has agreed to serve as chairman of Virgin America, the start-up airline backed in part by Virgin CEO Richard Branson.
What is on your 2006 wish list when it comes to business travel?
Thinking about health insurance is about as much fun as a root canal--unless you're Sir Richard Branson. After livening up air travel and mobile phones, the Virgin Group founder and British billion...
If you have ever dreamed of quitting your job to start your own business then you are not alone.
If television executives flooded the airwaves with more reality programs, would viewers tune in?
THE NEW YORK STOCK EXCHANGE is sometimes called the "world's largest casino." But Mark Cuban thinks that's unfair--to Las Vegas! The billionaire provocateur says trading stocks and bonds is actuall...
Forget Donald Trump, Mark Cuban, and Richard Branson--hands down, our favorite reality-TV CEO is fake billionaire N. Paul Todd, who stars in Fox's sly Apprentice spoof My Big Fat Obnoxious Boss. On...
One of only two people to pay their own way into space says space tourism will become an integral part of the industry, eventually leading to more trips to the moon.
Q: "My team demands guidance from me -- and rightly so -- but I feel that I'm sometimes too 'technical' with my responses. Should I be, and, how can I be, more inspirational?"
Season's Greetings! I know full well that most of the folks on my holiday list neither need nor deserve gifts this year, but what with the economy turning and the stock market likely to be up for t...
It is 7 A.M., and Richard Branson has been hard at work for 2 1/2 hours, though you'd never know it by watching him.
Do the principal officers at your pet investments pilot balloons, a la Richard Branson, the Virgin Atlantic Airlines chairman who keeps trying to circle the globe? Perhaps they sky-dive, raft rapid...
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