When You Love What You Do
Richard Branson, giving one of his many talks with Virgin employees, thanks his followers for their well-wishes after he was badly injured following a bad crash while cycling in the British Virgin Islands as part of a multi-discipline challenge fundraising event for education charity 'Big Change'.
The 71-year-old Branson was taking part in Strive BVI, where he also did sailing, kayaking and paddleboarding. He had planned on hiking and swimming before he was involved in the cycle accident.
Strive BVI Cycling Crash
The Strive BVI is a multi-discipline challenge fundraising event across the British Virgin Islands. It is the latest in a series of Strive Challenges to raise funds for Big Change, the education charity founded by Branson's children Holly and Sam.
Taking part in these types of challenges over the years is what has kept the 71 years old Branson in a healthy state of body and mind.
During a 60km bike ride around the hills of Tortola, Richard Branson decided to do an extra 15km of hill climbing at the end when his brakes failed while descending down a steep hill.
Richard says he had 3 choices: to drop off the side of a steep cliff, to crash into an oncoming car, or potentially hit his cycling partner, Felix Stellmaszek.
The British business magnate sustained some severe cuts and bruises. But the unfortunate spill won’t stop the active Branson from taking on more challenges and adventures – "it’s how I’ve always lived my life" he stated.
On This Day in 1972
Richard Branson shares a nostalgic trip down memory lane to where it all began, when Virgin Records was formed in 1972 as a mail-order record retailer.
The record label started amid much controversy and became the biggest independent record label in the world.
Over the years, some of the biggest names in music have signed to Virgin Records, including Sex Pistols, The Rolling Stones, Spice Girls and Taylor Swift. Virgin Records continues to operate as an imprint of EMI Records.
Branson reluctantly sold Virgin Records in 1992 for $1 billion in order to keep Virgin Atlantic afloat.
Stop the killing of Nagaenthran Dharmalingam
Richard Branson, a vocal advocate of banishing the death penalty, talks about the unjust sentence imposed on the mentally disabled man, Nagaenthran Dharmalingam, in Singapore, where drug smuggling carries the mandatory death sentence.
The Virgin Group founder appeals to Singapore’s President, Halimah Yacob, to use her pardon powers and spare Nagaenthran’s life.
Nagaenthran had been threatened by drug traffickers exploiting his poverty, when he was arrested in 2019 at the age of 19. His ordeal exposes the fatal flaws of the death penalty on so many levels.
Branson believes that countries need comprehensive drug policy reform that focuses on harm reduction and public health, not on crime and punishment.
All Drugs Should be Legalised
Richard Branson talks about the war on drugs in an interview with Jason Flom from 'Righteous Convictions' and Celia Ouellette, the CEO of 'Responsible Business Initiative for Justice'.
RBIJ is a non-profit organisation that works with businesses to champion fairness and equality across systems of justice.
Branson believes that all drugs should be legalised and regulated in order to get rid of most of the prison system.
He states that we can’t create criminal justice reform without addressing the war on drugs.
National Fitness Day
The 22nd of September is National Fitness Day in the UK, and Virgin Group founder, Richard Branson, works out whenever and wherever he can in order to stay fit.
The 71-year-old has no problem doing a handstand in celebration of National Fitness Day, promoting Virgin Active UK.
Virgin Active has 270 clubs in 10 countries. Their purpose is to enrich people's lives through activeness.
Richard shares his top 3 tips for anyone thinking of creating a business.
Many innovations have been made by dyslexia - Richard also faced challenges in his early life due to this misunderstood learning disorder.
In a podcast interview, he said "One of the strengths people with dyslexia often have is a strong imagination." ... Branson reflects, "I dropped out of school when I was 16, but it wasn't until later on in life that I learned I had dyslexia. At school, my teachers thought I was lazy, and I couldn't keep up or fit in".
Richard believes that dyslexic thinking helps us see the world differently. His tips are:
- Ask yourself how your business will solve a problem that people may have, because good businesses make lives better.
- Trust your instincts when it comes to understanding what customers really want.
- It's OK to make mistakes - just keep trying.
Finding The Fun in Keeping Fit
In his 70's, Richard Branson is as active, and nearly as fit, as most men in their 50's.
He regularly works out when spending time aboard the Scarlet Lady, with instruction from the personal trainers who work full time onboard.
The B-Complex onboard this luxury liner features the ultimate well-being and fitness experience with its Build, Bike and Balance rooms, all with spectacular ocean views. If it's on-demand fitness you're after, then head to deck 15 where the ship’s cruise features include gym spaces equipped with the latest fitness technology.
Home from a sub-orbital spaceflight
Sir Richard Branson returns back to Spaceport America.
Richard has created Spaceport America as the world's first purpose-built commercial spaceport.
Enthusiastic welcome-home hugs from his twin grandchildren Artie and Etta (age 6) as he steps back onto terra firma.
Sir Richard floats in space
While floating in zero gravity aboard Unity 22 on a sub-orbital spaceflight, Richard shares his excitement about living his lifelong dream of travelling into space.
History was made on 11 July 2021 giving hope to the next generation of future astronauts.
Unity 22 Livestream
Sir Richard Branson in the first fully crewed space flight, launching from Spaceport America.
The video introduces the astronauts who will accompany Richard on this historical flight. The flight will soon become a reality for everyday tourists wishing to journey into space.
As history is being made Khalid performs “New Normal”.
Richard Branson launches to space on Virgin Galactic flight
The Telegraph covers the launch of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic space flight, along with some shared perspective on the Virgin Galactic mission.
This includes live coverage from inside the cockpit where they chat with Richard as he and his crew launch into space.
Sky News coverage
Sir Richard Branson launches Virgin Galactic rocket to the edge of space, in the first ever fully crewed space flight. Dreams finally become reality.
The dream to turn space travel into a reality for everyone is Richard’s mission statement. This will apply for his grandchildren and for generations to come.
Neil deGrasse Tyson on CNN
The renounced astrophysicist talks about Richard Branson’s Virgin Galactic upcoming space flight.
Richard's flight will take place nine days ahead of an attempted flight by Jeff Bezos of Amazon.
The story of Virgin Galactic
A short video about the inspirational journey that started in 1988 with a question from a listener about Richards’s thoughts on going to space; to the birth of Virgin Galactic in 2004.
The Virgin Way read by Richard Branson
An extract of the popular book called The Virgin Way which is about how the Virgin group manage a business and lead a team.
Richard shares everything he knows about leadership, and how to listen, learn, laugh, and lead - qualities he feels are essential for success in today's world.
Richard runs for Virtual Strive Weekender 2021
The event will take place over the first three weekends of July, and is a mix of running, cycling, swimming and kayaking to make up the 100km, to raise money for the Big Change Charity.
Richard’s daughter Holly and son Sam will also be taking part in this virtual challenge.
Baby Giant Tortoises on Necker Island
Billionaire Richard Branson owns Necker Island, part of the British Virgin Islands, where the two giant tortoise hatchlings were born. They are believed to be the first Aldabra giant tortoises bred outside of the Aldabra Atoll in the Seychelles.
See the rockets of Unity 21 burn for 60 seconds
WhiteKnightTwo aircraft released VSS Unity, at which time the spaceplane fired its hybrid rocket motor for approximately 60 seconds.
Virgin Galactic takes off on first fully crewed spaceflight with Sir Richard Branson
Live stream footage from 11 July 2021 by The Sun newspaper.
The SpaceShipTwo vehicle named VSS Unity, with pilots CJ Sturckow and Dave Mackay and Richard as a crew member, took off from Spaceport America in New Mexico at 10:34 a.m. on the 22nd May 2021.