Richard Branson

  • Facebook Jul 9, 2019

    Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Is Set to Be the First Space-Tourism Company to Go Public

    British billionaire Richard Branson’s space-tourism unit Virgin Galactic plans to go public later this year, the company announced Tuesday. The firm will list its shares as part of a merger deal with Social Capital Hedosophia, a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) created by venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya. Social Capital Hedosophia, formed by Palihapitiya’s Social Capital and venture capital firm Hedosophia in...

  • San Francisco Jul 9, 2019

    Under a Microscope: Startups Grow Meat in Lab, Face Scrutiny

    Memphis Meats, based in Emeryville, California, is one of a growing number of startups worldwide that are making cell-based or cultured meat. They want to offer an alternative to traditional meat production that they say is damaging the environment and causing unnecessary harm to animals, but they are far from becoming mainstream and face pushback from livestock producers.

  • Facebook Jul 9, 2019

    Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic Is Set to Be the First Space-Tourism Company to Go Public

    British billionaire Richard Branson’s space-tourism unit Virgin Galactic plans to go public later this year, the company announced Tuesday. The firm will list its shares as part of a merger deal with Social Capital Hedosophia, a special-purpose acquisition company (SPAC) created by venture capitalist Chamath Palihapitiya. Social Capital Hedosophia, formed by Palihapitiya’s Social Capital and venture capital firm Hedosophia in...

  • CEO Jun 14, 2019

    The World’s Largest Airplane Is for Sale for $400 Million

    Stratolaunch, the world’s largest airplane that flew only once, is up for sale. Holding company Vulcan is seeking to sell Stratolaunch at $400 million, people familiar with the matter told CNBC. Vulcan is the investment conglomerate of the late billionaire Paul Allen. A Microsoft co-founder, Allen passed away last October following complications of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma.

  • California Feb 22, 2019

    Virgin Galactic Rocket Takes First Test Passenger Into Space

    Virgin Galactic’s rocket plane reached space for a second time in a test flight over California on Friday, climbing higher and faster than before while also carrying a crewmember to evaluate the long-awaited passenger experience. The winged spaceship soared at three times the speed of sound to an altitude of 55.8 miles (89.8 kilometers) before gliding to a safe landing...

  • Jan 24, 2019

    Leave the Kids at Home: Virgin to Launch Adults-Only Cruise Ship

    Virgin Voyages is the latest travel-related company in Sir Richard Branson’s empire. The inaugural boat, the “Scarlet Lady,” will be an adults-only cruise line sailing from Miami to the Caribbean in 2020. Future itineraries will include trips to Cuba. Amenities on board were designed with the 18+ traveler in mind. A tattoo parlor, mani-pedi spa, nightclub and group fitness classes…

  • Jan 24, 2019

    Leave the Kids at Home: Virgin to Launch Adults-Only Cruise Ship

    Virgin Voyages is the latest travel-related company in Sir Richard Branson’s empire. The inaugural boat, the “Scarlet Lady,” will be an adults-only cruise line sailing from Miami to the Caribbean in 2020. Future itineraries will include trips to Cuba. Amenities on board were designed with the 18+ traveler in mind. A tattoo parlor, mani-pedi spa, nightclub and group fitness classes…

  • Jan 19, 2018

    Stars Honored on Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2018

    Hollywood’s A-listers, from “X-Files” sleuth Gillian Anderson to Disney icon Minnie Mouse, here are the stars who have been honored and forever immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

  • United States Dec 4, 2018

    Howie Mandel: My Number 1 Money Rule Means I’d Be ‘One of the Worst Contestants Ever’ on ‘Deal or No Deal’

    When it comes to spending money, Howie Mandel, host and executive producer of CNBC’s “Deal or No Deal,” has a key rule that he says : no gambling. “I don’t gamble with money,” he tells CNBC Make It. He likes to keep what’s in a savings account in a savings account, he says, following the idea that you “don’t put...

  • DIRECTOR Oct 11, 2018

    Richard Branson Suspends $1 Billion Virgin Investment Talks With Saudi Arabia Over Missing Journalist

    Virgin Group founder Richard Branson suspended discussions with Saudi Arabia about a proposed $1 billion investment in Virgin’s space companies following allegations that journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in the country’s consulate in Istanbul....
    “What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the...

  • DIRECTOR Jul 25, 2018

    Mars Making Closest Approach to Earth in 15 Years

    Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. The black-tie Apollo Celebration Gala held under a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday...

  • DIRECTOR Jul 22, 2018

    Buzz Aldrin Skips Space Center Gala Amid Feud With His Children

    Former NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin was noticeably absent from a gala kicking off a yearlong celebration of the 50-year anniversary of the first moon landing, even though his nonprofit space education foundation is a sponsor and he typically is the star attraction. The black-tie Apollo Celebration Gala held under a Saturn V rocket at the Kennedy Space Center on Saturday...

  • California May 30, 2018

    2nd Powered Test Flight for Virgin Galactic Spaceship

    Virgin Galactic has conducted the second rocket-powered test flight of its tourism spaceship in the skies over California. The company says VSS Unity fired its rocket motor for 31 seconds and climbed to an altitude of 114,500 feet (34,899 meters) on Tuesday, then glided to a landing at Mojave Air and Space Port. Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson was on...

  • United States Sep 11, 2017

    Richard Branson Reveals Devastation of Hurricane-Hit Private Island, Blames ‘Man-Made Climate Change’

    Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson posted photos on social media of the destruction that Hurricane Irma left on his private island in the Caribbean, pointing to climate change as a cause of large, unpredictable natural disasters, CNBC reported. Branson and his family survived the hurricane on his private island, Necker Island, located in the British Virgin Islands. Branson posted photos on...

  • food Sep 8, 2017

    A Look at the Damage From Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean

    Homes were splintered and schools were destroyed in St. Martin, where at least five people died. In Barbuda, 90 percent of the buildings were severely damaged and another hurricane was on the way. Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said entire houses disappeared in the British Virgin Islands, where he rode out the storm. Here is a look at the impact of...

  • Donald Trump Mar 21, 2017

    Stephen Hawking Fears He ‘May Not Be Welcome’ in the US

    Famed British scientist Stephen Hawking would like to visit the United States again, but fears that he “may not be welcome” since the election of President Donald Trump, NBC News reported. During the White House campaign, the theoretical physicist and University of Cambridge professor called Trump a demagogue and said the real estate mogul’s popularity was beyond his understanding....Read...

  • Sep 28, 2016

    Elon Musk Outlines Plans to Go to Mars

    It was a press conference with a little bit of everything — space travel, science, technology and the offer of a kiss. Welcome to the world of Elon Musk. Scott Budman reports.

  • Congress Sep 27, 2016

    Elon Musk Outlines Plans to Go to Mars

    It was a press conference with a little bit of everything – space travel, science, technology, and the offer of a kiss.

  • social media Aug 26, 2016

    Billionaire Richard Branson Treated at Miami Hospital After Surviving Bike Crash

    Billionaire entrepreneur Richard Branson said Friday he thought he was going to die after flying head first off his bicycle in the British Virgin Islands.

  • United States Apr 7, 2016

    Transportation Code Kept Branson from Halting Virgin America Takeover

    Virgin America founder, Sir Richard Branson, said there was nothing he could do to stop the Alaska Airlines merger. Is that true? Sam Brock investigates.

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