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Wednesday's Connector of the Day – Richard Branson

January 12th, 2010
05:03 PM ET

From record labels, airlines, hotels, fitness clubs, mobile phones and even outer space, Sir Richard Branson has taken Virgin to some pretty lofty heights. His $17 billion empire includes more than 300 companies and his portfolio of companies is as diverse as they come.

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It’s a far cry for the Englishman who dropped out of high school at the age 16 and struggled with dyslexia in his early years.

Branson’s first venture was in the publishing world - launching a magazine called Student. Four years later, he set up a music mail-order business that proved to be a huge success, calling it “Virgin” because everyone involved in the venture was new. His chain of record stores was called Virgin Records and he later re-branded them to be known as Virgin Megastores.

After successfully competing with many of the high street stores, Branson launched his Virgin Records label and signed many controversial bands including the Sex Pistols.

During the 1980’s the Virgin brand grew and his ability to showcase the company as a brand of ‘cool’ and ‘hip’ helped attract millions of young people to buy his records and listen to his bands. In 1984 Branson founded Virgin Atlantic Airways and later he launched Virgin Mobile, Virgin trains, Virgin Blue... the list continues.

After accumulating billions, Branson continues to innovate. In 2004, Branson created a new space tourism company called Virgin Galactic to bring passengers into space for a price of $200,000. He also ventured into a number of green technologies to address the problem of global warming - investing millions in creating renewable fuels.

Although the Virgin brand is known around the world, Richard Branson is also a celebrity in his own right. Known for his extravagant product launches and sometimes cheesy promos, Branson has a name that is recognizable around the world.

If you’d like to ask Richard Branson a question, please write one below. It can be anything from how he sees the future of transport to how he got to where he is today.

Please post your questions below

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  1. Peter

    Hi – I'm curious – what do you think travel will look like in 30 years? Space ships, faster planes?

    January 12, 2010 at 5:50 pm | Reply
  2. Mike Stewart

    With all the success that you have had in regards to your ventures, are you disappointed with the minimal success that your charity efforts have had? With a star studded advisory group and global name recognition, do you believe the problem is in the prototype or the multiplier?


    January 12, 2010 at 5:56 pm | Reply
  3. Jeremy Fyke

    My dad (John) is a full-time kiteboarder living on a boat (50 ft. white Beneteau with beige bimini called 'Grenat', flying Canadian flag) in the BVIs. If you're in the BVIs and need a kiteboarding partner drop him a line at garmeson@yahoo.com. I'm sure he could drop by the Bitter End or elsewhere given a bit of notice and pick you up, or vice versa.

    He'll be heading through the Panama Canal into the Pacific in November but will be around BVIs through the winter.

    Jeremy Fyke

    January 12, 2010 at 6:01 pm | Reply
  4. Ed Navarro

    Hi Richard!
    Now that the digital world is taking over music, what is to become of the record labels and what is your advice for those making efforts to start one?
    Thank you!
    Ed Navarro

    January 12, 2010 at 6:06 pm | Reply
  5. Steven Zockoll

    Mr Branson,

    We've met a few times at your Summer parties, one of the many people you meet and greet on the day. I even married one of your flight attendants some 10 years ago now. I have an idea for businesses in the UK to use vanity numbers in the same way as you do in the USA ie 1877 FLY VIRGIN. Do you have any suggestions as to how to get this concept off the ground providing say 0800 VIRGIN or 0800 HOLIDAY and a host of others to these businesses?

    Many thanks. ps. just enjoyed a nice ride back from Barbados.

    January 12, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  6. Bruce Hall

    How often do yo uexercise and what do you do?

    January 12, 2010 at 6:13 pm | Reply
  7. Paradise

    Very Iconic and with great visions for the future! You are truly an inspiration for Young and Old around the world ! Whatever business you put your mind to it's a success and it attracts any demographic its always innovative! What is the key to being a successful entrepreneur?

    January 12, 2010 at 6:33 pm | Reply
  8. Don-Ray Richard Orwig

    Dear Mr, Branson

    Can I hang out with you for a day? I´m certain that one day with you will change my life forever.

    Don-Ray R Orwig

    January 12, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  9. Aaron A

    Hi Rich,

    If you only had 100 bucks tomorrow how would you make 200+ out of it?

    My man.

    January 12, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  10. Siyad Hajir

    Hi Richard Branson!!
    You are among the richest men in the world and amultimillionair .You operate over three hundred companies around the world and i hope you are so commited ,do you sometimes regret of your richness? and what was the most difficult moment in your business?


    January 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  11. Rich

    Happy to see you in F1 btw!

    I miss Steve Fossett and his crazy quests.

    January 12, 2010 at 7:15 pm | Reply
  12. RC Swart

    Good Day Sir Richard Branson,

    I am an entrepreneur in South Africa in the IT field. I’ve been in business now almost 10 years and am no where near where you are but am very proud of what I have built with my team! I have read some of your books and you’ve been an inspiration through out my life – thank you for that!

    My Question: How much do you follow your gut with decision and new business lines and how much is down to zero’s and ones?

    January 12, 2010 at 7:22 pm | Reply
  13. Andres

    Hi Richard, like you I am an aviation enthusiast. I run a business in PR and DR that has worldwide presence. I would like to get in contact with you regarding an opportunity within this line of business and it's ability to grow thru your organization.

    January 12, 2010 at 7:23 pm | Reply
  14. EHernandez

    Sir Richard Branson, I'm curious to know the degree that risk played in reaching your level of success, and whether there were any times in your life that you considered caution over boldness? Thank you!

    January 12, 2010 at 7:31 pm | Reply
  15. Hello Richard!

    I'm a big CNN fan ! and I am looking forward to Becky's show tonight!
    I have two questions for you Sir, if you don't mind...
    Are you interested in getting into the organic olive oil business? My Great Grandfather had his own donkey-powered olive press, way down in the amazing southern Greece!, I hope some day to follow in his footsteps! My dad has an old patch of his land in dire need of loving care after years of unattended neglect which devastated the orchards.
    Question #2: ...What do you do with discarded food from your business enterprises?
    Very often now during the winter months, I venture out into the freezing nights on my bike, and gather as much as i can carry, of discareded , healthy rye bread from waste bins in the Copenhagen area (not as gross as it sounds!) They have amazing bike roads here making it very easy to transport the heavy load of bread, etc, back to my temporary, small flat, where i store it overnight,..then in the afternoon I load it all back onto the bike, in heavy duty bags, and bike out to the frozen, beautiful coastal area, south of Copenhagen, and there I feed feed hundreds of very hungry seagulls, ducks, crows and even some swans, all of them freezing,starving out in the arctic cold. The funnest part is throwing square shaped bread pieces like frisbees way out to the shyest most timid birds, making sure that all get a fair chance at eating a little bit!
    Have a nice day!
    Thank you for your time,
    Best regards,
    Peter Spanakos

    January 12, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Reply
  16. Anthony .O

    Mr branson,
    When you were starting out with "student", did you ever dream you will this big and what does it feel like looking back and seeing how far you have come?

    January 12, 2010 at 7:34 pm | Reply
  17. Anthony .O

    Mr Branson
    When should we expect a sequel to your autobiography ?

    January 12, 2010 at 7:40 pm | Reply
  18. Mubeen Shahid

    Dear Richard,

    I am looking for a job after my MBA. I want to work for one of the most recognizable brand names on the planet but more importantly for a successful entrepreneur whose planes fly high but his feet are on the ground.


    Mubeen Shahid

    January 12, 2010 at 7:47 pm | Reply
  19. Ward Whittaker

    Hello Richard, I have always wanted to work for you. What job could you offer a 48 year old Australian, futurologist, technologist, bi-lingual (Portuguese), with excellent organizational, literacy, and people skills, from a middle management background who has lived in Brazil for 16 years ??? E-mail me !!! I'm waiting, but I can't wait forever! (PS) job offer does not need to include use of the executive washroom unless you insist.

    January 12, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Reply
  20. ovi

    When, if any, will you decide to go into politics? I feel that – a person like yourself, with the ability to have a clear vision, to think outside the box, would certaily be able to revamp politics, and give then much needed new life, for the benefit for all.

    January 12, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Reply
  21. Peter Spanakos

    Hello Richard,
    I forgot to mention in my question, that the discarded bread
    comes from supermarkets! So it's in original packaging and just expired dates. They toss out tons of it... so it's a terrible shame to see so much food go to waste, and here in Denmark the Homeless are well fed and cared for, so I noticed that noone takes care of the sea-birds, they who bring so much life to our Planet! and when i go to feed them, they're in a wild frenzy, trying to eat and survive. However, I manage to spread it out so that all get a little to eat.
    I have a third question for you...I hope thats OK?...
    Would it be possible to start a business with these discarded edible resources. Even i eat some of the things I find and thus save a couple hundred Krones!
    I appreciate your time...
    Best wishes,
    Peter Spanakos

    January 12, 2010 at 7:56 pm | Reply
  22. Marco Hernandez

    Hello. Even though I don't have $200 grand, I am very exited over the space tourism gig. Do you think prices of tickets for Space Tourism will drop in the near future? If so How much? Is Virgin planning to drop prices eventually?

    January 12, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  23. Peter Spanakos

    What happened to my question???
    its a very important issue.....

    January 12, 2010 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  24. Randy Nelson


    As children, I believe we shape our personal boundaries in risk vs adventure, as in pretending we are tightrope walkers on the high fence, or tarzan by climing higher up the tree. Inevitably we fall off the fence because of concentration to balance – or the tree branches higher up couldn't bear our weight.

    We pick our selves up and some go back on the fence and some pick stronger branches to climb higher and some kids plateau.

    As a child, were you the one that made parents or on-lookers nervous to your adventures?

    January 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  25. Connie

    Hey Richard,
    I'm really excited about space travel, however, I'm really bummed out that only the super rich will be given the opportunity to fly. That sort of really...sucks. I mean, the thought of a d-bag like Paris Hilton traveling up there...ugh. Any chance you'd give some free rides to deserving individuals? I know you've got to make money, but maybe a "2 D-bags Fly Full Price/Cne Good Human Being Flys Free" program???

    January 12, 2010 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  26. jason Lomoriello

    Hello Sir...
    How do you develop an idea into a successful business?
    Is it more risk or more hard work? Certainly you surround yourself with talented people... Are those the people "really" responsible for growing your empire? OR are you also advised on your companies taking the "Next" step from Small to HUGE! ? Curious to know how hands on you are and when you let go and let your team take control....
    It's would be an honor to hear from you! Jason Lomoriello

    January 12, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  27. RobbieV


    You have showed many times how great a visionary you are. You have invested in green businesses lately. I want to ask you which green technology you think will make the biggest impact in the next decade.

    All the best,


    January 12, 2010 at 8:05 pm | Reply
  28. Okechukwu

    Dear Mr. Branson,
    You came to Nigeria when everyone else thought it was a bad idea; helped start Virgin Nigeria and then pulled out.

    Was it worth the risk and would you consider doing something like that again?

    January 12, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  29. islandmomma

    I am a great admirer, and I am wondering if you think that there is as much opportunity around now as there was when you were launching your first business? It seems that for technically clever people the world might be their oyster, but what about people who are not IT savvy?

    January 12, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  30. Marcus Champ

    Dear Mr Branson

    In the last 2 years we have seen the global economy come close to economic collapse largely due to greed, mismanagement, incompetence, and outright fraud. Literally billions of dollars of taxpayer funds have been poured in to prop-up ailing companies and in many cases obscenely paid executives, many of whom seem to be carrying on as if things will just "settle-down" and go back to normal.

    As a highly prominent, and successful CEO, who has undoubtedly been affected by this crisis...is there anything you could suggest to regulators, and people in the western democracies, as to how we should go forward from here? Is there a response to the out-of-control pay packets and incentives for short term blundering? How can society insulate itself from the stupidity of the market and how do we make management accountable for what they have done?



    January 12, 2010 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  31. Ginger Brooks

    Hi Richard – I have been a great admirer of your business savvy and energy for a long time. I am a hopeful entrepreneur with lots of budding ideas (more ideas than time) I would like to know how you choose which ideas to act on. More than anything I would like to meet with you and find out how you develop an idea. I would be happy to trade time as volunteer or intern with one of your organizations for a meeting with you! Thanks for your inspiration.

    Ginger Brooks
    PS I have a friend – don't we all- (aka the "guvna") that spent an evening with you on his island -who said you would be terrific to meet!

    January 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm | Reply
  32. David Bouck

    Dear Richard,

    I am a big fan of your since the days of you signing Janet Jackson!

    My wife just had a baby and we already have two small children. Now with no money – we are looking for a relaxing place to take the kids to escape the cold winter in the Czech republic. Would it be possible to stay at your place in the Caribbean for a short time?

    Thank you for the consideration.

    David from Prague, Czech Republic

    January 12, 2010 at 8:32 pm | Reply
  33. Robert Feierbach

    Mr. Branson,

    In today's business environment, and in your opinion, are the next decade's successful businesses going to be lead by "high-flying dreamers with charisma," or by leaders with operational successes, who can "dream about how to grow their existing businesses?"


    Robert Feierbach
    Paris, France

    January 12, 2010 at 8:34 pm | Reply
  34. vandecappelle guido

    i would ask Mr Branson how he sees the ecomomic evolution of 'old Europe 'in comparison with the new economies as China India Brasil etc.?

    Vandecappelle guido entrepeneur in Belgium

    January 12, 2010 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  35. James

    Hi Richard,

    I know that you have a very positive outlook on life however, what is your biggest regret during your distinguished career?



    January 12, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  36. Sarah McConnell

    Dear Mr. Branson,

    I am recently unemployed. I have an extensive international background recently having returned from Basra, Iraq, a MBA, fluent in Spanish and am an excellent customer service administrator. I would be grateful if you could review my resume for your organization.

    Thank you Mr. Branson for your kind consideration. Currently I live in Minnesota.

    Respectfully, Sarah McConnell (sarmac99@yahoo.com)

    January 12, 2010 at 8:49 pm | Reply
  37. Karim

    Mr, Branson,

    Do you believe in God? And If yes, which one.

    God Bless.

    Karim, Lebanon

    January 12, 2010 at 8:51 pm | Reply
  38. Boyd Cohen

    Having been a professor of sustainable business and then a serial sustainable entrepreneur, I have been pleased to see your transition to pushing the envelope on renewable energy and climate change. I am intrigued by your carbon war room concept. I am sure you share my opinion that if we wait for governments to act it will probably be too late. What do you think businesses role is in finding profitable solutions to climate change and how do you anticipate this shaking out over the next few decades.

    Relatedly, I am coauthor of a book called Climate Capitalism with Hunter Lovins (coauthor of Natural Capitalism). Would you be interested in writing the foreward?

    January 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  39. Sir Richard

    Hello Richard,

    You are such an inspiration to the world!!

    I might have the biggest yet, business proposition that has come your way in a very long time, which might make you richer than you already are....It is called the "Infinity Chip" which is just waiting to be developed, while finding the right investor. This is the first of it's kind Richard, with it being a micro chip, one small enough to be fixed to a tooth, or anything imaginable that is of value, whether it be a person or a yacht. Your good friend the adventurous, "Steven Fosset" might have been saved, or recovered within an hour had he had a chip such as the "Infinity Chip", as it does not have to be activated by anything or anyone, it only has to go missing. If you remember Steven wore a wristwatch which had a GPS system in it, however in order for him to be found, he actually had to activate it, which only tells me he was unable to because of being seriously injured or that he had already perished. If you can only imagine the markets that this "Infinity Chip" could reach, such as insurance companies, yacht owners, personal use, the governments for their staff, and soldiers overseas, fine art, absolutely anything of value. It will be able to reach world wide, as the signal will be sent up by the "Infinity's" own satellites which is another means for incredible revenue, as space can be rented, leased or what have you by many different telecommunication companies that want to buddy up on "Infinity's" satellites...

    If this intrigues you at all, or anyone reading it, that is looking for one hell of an investment, which is likely to be a billion dollar business, then please write to me at, "tbythesea@shaw.ca"....

    Best Wishes Richard for 2010,

    January 12, 2010 at 9:19 pm | Reply
  40. Primus

    Hello Mr Branson

    Being a man of your stature and having accomplished what you have being a billionare , what is it that keeps you motivated? What keeps the fire going in Sir Richad Banson to want to continue to accomplish certain objectives and goals? Hope all is well.


    January 12, 2010 at 9:26 pm | Reply
  41. Ken Whitmore

    How do you see the recent and ongoing advances in aero-space travel and tourism industries as affecting the plight of the poor and starving people of the world? Do you see any opportunity for humanitarian related spin-off businesses?

    January 12, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Reply
  42. Constant


    I would like to know how important MODESTY is in achieving success, and in particular financial success. A friend of mine recently met you on one of the Virgin chartered flights and couldn't stop talking about your humble attitude.

    And how does one balance such modesty with the extreme confidence in achieving greatness?

    January 12, 2010 at 9:36 pm | Reply
  43. Adam

    Dear Mr. Branson,

    What do you think about school education? Do you find it useful or rather impractical?

    I'm curious what's your take on this.



    January 12, 2010 at 9:43 pm | Reply
  44. Bennett

    Mr. Branson,

    Have you ever thought about the fact that you are a role model to many children with learning disabilities? If so, what does that mean to you?

    You're an inspiration,


    January 12, 2010 at 9:57 pm | Reply
  45. Kristi

    What is your next big adventure? How do you balance business and family? How do you stay positive and do it with a smile. What's your most favorite thing to do and with who?

    Thank you for your time Mr. Branson (you rock)

    January 12, 2010 at 10:03 pm | Reply

    Mr Branson,can you please tell the world the real story behind virgin nigeria and your eventual pulling out of the country?

    January 12, 2010 at 10:04 pm | Reply
  47. Jodi

    of everyone on earth that has ever lived you are the person i want to meet most! i think you are such an inspiration to young people, and well people in general. I would love to get the opportunity to meet you and learn about your ventures, and achieving of your successes.

    what would you say to young people that are "trying to find themseleves" or to young people that are starting a new career out of college?

    January 12, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  48. Mike Zatorski

    Dear Richard,

    I am a keen follower of your business history and especially in your business style and beliefs.

    I am an Australian but live in Brazil where I own a language solutions company offering language classes, translations, etc.

    Reading your books and interviews I always wondered whether you do not see a market for Virgin in Brazil. It is a country in a phase great expansion and development yet it lacks many services or services with quality, as the Virgin brand offers. It is also a country with great contrasts where you find people begging in front of shopping centers that have revenues in the billions per year.

    Do you and the Virgin group see Brazil as a future market? In you last book you mentioned Brazil as a possibility in the future but did not touch on the subject in depth. Looking at all the companies under the Virgin brand and in all the countries that they operate, do you not see Brazil as a possible market for you? As an example, airline passenger numbers are always increasing and have reached a record of over 115 million pax in 2009 with predictions for more and more growth as more and more services are offered. Do you not see this as an ideal market for a Virgin airline to compete with the likes of TAM and GOL or David Neeleman’s AZUL who do not come anywhere near to Virgin standards? What about offering Virgin products to the ever growing middle class and the extremely rich class? Brazilians being very brand conscious, I feel, would love to see Virgin brands and buy them.

    As a small (tiny) business owner, I would like to know what you think about the Brazilian market and if one day we might see Virgin brands down here (which I really hope we will)?

    And as a final note, it is really nice to see all the work you are doing in support of the environment. Ads like the one for Conservation International which appear here in Brazil are a great way to show that important people are concerned and leading all of us to do something.

    All the best!!!

    January 12, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Reply
  49. Nathan Taylor

    What is your most triumphant Virgin achievement?

    January 12, 2010 at 10:31 pm | Reply
  50. Agyeno Ehase

    Hi Richard,
    I am impressed with your versatility. As an anti-nuclear activist from a third world country, and considering all the money that goes into the development of nukes instead of social wellbeing, would you be willing as a celebrity in your own right to publicly call for nuclear abolition and support the International Campaign to Abolish Nukes (ICAN – http://www.icanw.org)?

    January 12, 2010 at 10:40 pm | Reply
  51. David in Volcano

    Aloha Richard,
    We are a 501(c)3 non-profit located in Volcano, Hawaii, the entrance to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, and are bidding for the concession management contract to Hawaii's oldest operating hotel, the historic Volcano House, with the intent of running it as an operating hotel and hospitality/culinary institute, with a focus on youth at risk. We are answering Pres. Obama's call for all entrepreneurs to help stimulate the economy and are trying to raise public awareness of our cause. Your celebrity can help us in this effort. For near a century, for-profit corporations have been running monopoly concessions in National Parks. The problem is they are obligated to shareholders and motivated by competition. We, on the other hand, are obligated to the Park, visitors, and community, and motivated to be collaborative. Unlike previous concessionaires, we will keep 100% of profits within the Park. Won't you help our grass-roots community effort in job training, job creation, and entrepreneurial training by signing our petition at volcanoproject.org and lending your name to supporting our cause? Mahalo nui loa, me ke aloha.

    David in Volcano

    January 12, 2010 at 10:42 pm | Reply
  52. John Defor

    Mr. Branson, i have been reading your book on Business stripped bare, and i was wondering if u could help me develop Ghana's train system and change it into a private sector, all subjected to u and how do i get through to u. Am Ghanaian. thanks

    January 12, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Reply
  53. Kurt

    Hello - Sort of a small(ish) question, but whatever happened with Moskito Island in the Carribean? It was a great, if somewhat shabby, resort island which you purchased a few years ago to open a 'green' resort....and then, nothing happened, as far as I can tell. Any plans for the island?

    January 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  54. Bhanu

    Hi Richard,

    How did your company/brand Virgin had to cope with the recession that we are in. Do you have any suggestions for people who want to take up their own business during these hard times.

    Thanks and have a great day.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:07 pm | Reply
  55. Ray an American in Singapore

    Sir Branson,

    Your success is well known and your hard work has secured a wonderful life. Can you elaborate or illuminate the measures you employ to ensure you, your wife and children get to live as much of that life as possible? Obviously you have support staff, personal trainers, highly targeted nutritional plans and extensive security as one would expect, but what do you do for that extra effort? Do you put much stock in extraordinary measures and, if so, can I pry enough to ask what else you do?

    January 12, 2010 at 11:16 pm | Reply
  56. Muzoflight

    G'day Richard,
    What would you say to scientists that don’t agree with convention re. Global warming. You being a bit non conformist yourself. In your opinion is it the new religion. Putting up the cost of flights does not appeal to me, why make the sky’s elitist?

    January 12, 2010 at 11:19 pm | Reply
  57. Andrew

    Sir Richard
    I would like to express my gratitude to you, i worked for you in the "Roof Top" Night Club about 20 years ago and was inspired by the way you treated your employees, today I am the CEO of a security company in Central America, we have a presence in 5 countries and have about 2500 employees.
    You remain an inspiration to me.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  58. Jaime Hernandez

    Greetings from Colombia

    Mr. Branson:

    Do you know a bank that could lease us a medical helicopter?

    Is to operate it in Colombia and transport poor and sick children.

    There are so many, all over the country. The Colombian goverment owns more than 200 helicopters but they only transport soldiers.

    Why this request?

    January 12, 2010 at 11:30 pm | Reply
  59. Girish Singh Almiya

    Hello Mr. Richard,

    What would be your guidelines for becoming a successful bussiness and deal with huge projects.
    Please share your experience with us to help us to be like you.

    You are such an inspiration for this generation.

    Girish Almiya

    January 12, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Reply
  60. Jaime Hernandez

    Greetings from Colombia

    Mr. Branson:

    Do you know a bank that could lease us a medical helicopter?

    Is to operate it in Colombia and transport poor and sick children. I am a pilot and I will flight it without any profit (as 2 more pilots friends)

    There are so many, all over the country. The Colombian goverment owns more than 200 helicopters but they only transport soldiers and fight the guerrilla.

    Why this request? Last year a dog bite the leg and penis of a 3 years old deaf child near Cincelada, Santander (9 hours travel in car to the near hospital). He lose his penis because the family took more than 18hours to get to the hospital. Now he pees with a hose, he is deaf, his family is poor. The Red Cross did not move a finger, neither the local goverment.

    Cases like this are many on the world, I know. but I pray for the chance to help the poor and sick people like this little boy. its really heart breaking see the eyes of this little angel, all the pain, all the questions and no way to give him an answer.

    I know that you may not be able to help us, but I hope that my idea brings to life VIRGIN EMS. Or something like that. Maybe your leadership opens the eyes of more people like me that can and will work for free only for this noble cause, and open the eyes of banks and more rich people so they can give us the tools to help.

    Thanks, you are the best



    January 12, 2010 at 11:41 pm | Reply
  61. Murray G

    Hi Richard, Your truly an inspiration, my question is with all the gadgets around these days do you think the children and teenagers of today lack the motivation and creativeness that we as children had to find in ourselves because there weren't all the gadgets around.
    Because of this do you think the future of creativeness and this planet being dependant on the children of today will be any better off because nothing has to be learnt these days you can just google everything to get an answer.

    January 12, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Reply
  62. Vital Pirnat

    Hi Mr. Branson,

    I'm a teacher of English at a secondary school in Slovenia where I live. I've read a lot about you so far, and even tell students about you often, especially when they think of themselves as intellectually too weak and often depressed. I tell them never to give up. Is there a message that you can think of right now, a motto that I should tell them about? Thanx 😉

    January 12, 2010 at 11:54 pm | Reply
  63. Ard

    Dear Mr. Branson, Dear Richard,

    You recently set up the Carbon War Room. What was the reason to set up this organization and how do you see it adding to the many initiatives that already exist with respect to reducing CO2 emissions throughout the world, such as the Clinton Climate Iniative (will CWR's approach be different?). What is you opinion on the Copenhagen Climate Summit, in relation to your own initiative?

    Thanks & Best Regards,


    January 12, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Reply
  64. sharad

    Sir Richard,

    You are losing sight of grass root while trying to fly into space. Virginmedia (if you remember), one of your 300+ company takes 30 days to install internet broadband, in this digital age of milliseconds, that too in an urban locality of TW3.
    It is not about an isolated issue, it is about what it reflects. According to me, it shows that your employees donot understand following:
    # Each dollar and pound counts, in making of Billion Pound empire.
    # Each day lost is lost revenue.
    # Each idle customer is revenue sailing away.
    # Each loose alliance is like leaking ship.
    If I was leading your Virginmedia, for TW3, I would not take more than 3 working days to deliver the product. I would have made better alliance with BT (that is what the excuse your people give) to make the product reach customer in shortest possible time.
    You need people, like me, who can think ahead, and grow your business to double what it is today.
    By the way, I lived in following zip code in US (43551 and 54956) and there the turn-around time was 2 days. These places are less dense than post code TW3.
    To recommend you is like showing torch to the sun. But this is what I have to say – "watch your rug, there are serious bugs".

    Best Wishes for your endeavours.
    (One Small VirginMedia Customer)

    January 13, 2010 at 12:36 am | Reply
  65. Tom

    Every picture I ever see of you, you are smiling and the people around you are smiling. Is that the key to your success?

    January 13, 2010 at 12:40 am | Reply
  66. Kevin Eng

    Hi Richard,

    With all the businesses you had a finger in, I don't recall that you're involved in real estate from the 2 books about you and your Virgin empire which I have read.

    January 13, 2010 at 12:47 am | Reply
  67. lou scarfo

    How has your view of the world helped with your vision for your family?

    January 13, 2010 at 12:51 am | Reply
  68. Kreso

    Dear Sir Branson,
    I have been "in love" with space as long as I know. Coming from a small country (Croatia) and working as a university professor there is now way for me to visit space in my lifetime (by the time your and other companies do it for me to be affordable I'll probably be to old...)

    The question is can you make it pro bono for me 🙂

    Hope you have a lot of luck with all your projects,



    January 13, 2010 at 12:58 am | Reply
  69. R Winter

    Hello Mr. Branson,

    Congratulations on you recent Airbus A-330 order for Virgin Atlantic. Considering the new types of aircraft that Airbus and Boeing are producing, where do you see yourself in the next 10 years regarding fleet type?

    Kind regards,

    I could use a good reference, such as yourself, since I'm interviewing with your company on Thursday!

    January 13, 2010 at 1:05 am | Reply
  70. Andres Castano

    Dear Mr. Branson,

    I know you have virgin unite as your charity organization working mainly in South Africa. Have you ever think in staring an organization promoting peace in conflict zones in Latin America such as Colombia?

    Congratulations for all your great business ideas and capacity to implement them successfully,


    Andres Castano

    January 13, 2010 at 1:29 am | Reply
  71. John Byfield

    Dear Richard,

    Two questions really..

    One, space travel involves punching a hole in the upper atmosphere each time a vehicle is launched. As the only one to benefit from your space program will be high-end space travelers, how do you justify the environmental damage against the human benefit?

    Two, We recently interviewed a company the appears to have a technology that allows them to produce Cellulosic Biofuels from any input using a single production platform. Why is so much money and effort being spent to produce fuels from single source inputs (like corn), when basically ALL our junk can be turned into fuel?

    Thank you for your time, you are an inspiration to all of us!


    January 13, 2010 at 1:30 am | Reply
  72. Eric Meyer

    What do you like to do on Sundays?

    January 13, 2010 at 1:33 am | Reply
  73. Eric Meyer

    Mr. Branson,
    What was your most difficult moment of your most difficult adventure and why? (Im referring to non-business ad"ventures"). Thanks.

    January 13, 2010 at 1:36 am | Reply
  74. Eric Meyer

    Mr. Branson,
    What is your most comfortable/or favorite piece of clothing? Thanks

    January 13, 2010 at 1:38 am | Reply
  75. Eric Meyer

    Mr. Branson,
    What was the best gift you ever got and why? Thanks for sharing something this personal.

    January 13, 2010 at 1:40 am | Reply
  76. Karen L

    Hello Sir Richard,

    I am a marketing director at an organization that focuses on regenerative environmental, business, and social practices and am delighted with your high profile endeavors to promote sustainability and innovation!

    My question is regarding one of my favorite places that I stayed at – Moskito Island. Been there twice, once in it's heyday in the early 90's and on a subsequent stay in the later 90's. I hear that your plans are to convert this little island into a ecologically inspiring vacation destination. We would like to celebrate our upcoming anniversary there! Can you speak about how the resort will be featuring sustainability and when my husband and I can start planning our third visit to the island!

    January 13, 2010 at 1:48 am | Reply
  77. Tim McKenna

    Dear Richard,

    I cannot refuse this offer to ask you this question. Based on passed technology including some Telsa's work. I propose development of an intercontinental flight/plane powered on electricity.
    Do you see the future of your planes operating on electricity generated from power generation stations based in low orbit space? I believe it's possible.

    I have a proposal that might interest you, including how the technology development would be paid for.

    January 13, 2010 at 1:51 am | Reply
  78. Thomas N.

    Personal Space Port combining the oldest and latest tourist attraction for the ultimate travel experience!


    Would you be interested in your own Space Port / “Cape Canaveral” in the Caribbean for your Space Travel program that would allow your guest to take a beach walk on a private 4.4 mile beach before they take off?

    Christopher Columbus established the first settlement in the Americas next to the property in 1493 and you could combine the absolute FIRST manmade tourist attraction with the LATEST one on this truly unique property, that is for sale for the price of a high end Miami Beach Condo:

    The 355 Acre + property with Christopher Columbus History and 4.4 Miles/7.1 KM of Ocean Beach Front could become the ultimate space port, mixture development, resort or even a private residence:

    Executive Flyer: http://www.manateepeninsula.com/ManateePeninsula_Executive_general_vip.pdf
    Website with pictures: http://www.manateepeninsula.com/vip
    Google Earth Location: Link to the location

    • Property: 355+ Acres (1.44 Million Square Meters) Healthy, undeveloped land bordered by miles of pristine ocean beaches and sparkling, gentle lagoon waters.
    • Ocean Beach Front: 4.4 Miles (7.1 Kilometers) Miles of spectacular natural beaches.
    • More Waterfront: Many miles of lagoon, mangrove, and river frontage. Deep water and buildable waterfront.
    • Zoned: Zoned for “Tourism”, the official 2008 “Tasacion” (appraisal) received the highest rating of 4: Excellent. Can also divide and sell individual lots.
    • Protected: Area is known as a “hurricane hole” since a 10,000-foot mountain range to the southeast acts as a natural hurricane shield.
    • Airports: Less than 90 Minutes from 2 International Airports (Puerto Plata and Santiago).
    • Utility Access: Property is about 1/2 Mile (800 Meters) from the main road with utilities.
    • Local Business Development: The friendly township of La Isabella welcomes all tourist development and activities.
    • Historic: Christopher Columbus discovered the peninsula on his second trip to the New World in 1493 and he anchored his boats in the lagoon.

    Give me a call to learn more about this truly unique opportunity and contact me for more info or a private tour


    Thomas N.

    LinkedIn Real Estate Profile: http://www.linkedin.com/in/thomasrealestate

    January 13, 2010 at 2:00 am | Reply
  79. Peter Duncan, Melbourne Australia

    Sir Richard,

    I understand that your first spaceflight is scheduled for next year.

    Will you be aiming for 12 April – the 50th anniversary of Yuri Gagarin's flight?

    PS – Have fun!

    January 13, 2010 at 2:10 am | Reply
  80. S. Masri

    I saw Las Cruces and the Spaceport as an ideal setting for progressive social, environmental, and economic models to be explored. May I one day forward my concept paper to you? I would be so grateful! See our http://www.solarport.net site as a cursory example of what I do.

    January 13, 2010 at 2:12 am | Reply
  81. Matt Black

    Hi Mr Branson,

    How would you fix the music industry ?

    As much as everyone is trying to keep a cheerful faces, income has dropped by 90% to everyone which means it's no longer a viable source of income in the new world of free capitalism.

    Income from a single download is 10% of what it used to be, while record companies share is still the same (80% to 92% of profits) meaning artists can literally forget about recouping unless they sell millions of records (Which universal records in the UK hasn't managed to do in 2009 to a single artist).

    Appreciate your time and enthusiasm, wishing you a good night sleep 🙂


    January 13, 2010 at 2:29 am | Reply
  82. TOM



    January 13, 2010 at 2:40 am | Reply
  83. Mike Lukowiecky

    Dear Mr Branson,

    Have you heard about the project Ad Astra Rocket run by former Nasa astronaut Franklin Chang Diaz? He is developing in Houston the new plasma rocket which will transform space transportation. This is the result of all his research while being an astronaut at NASA and having been in space missions more than 10 times during his career. He now decided to go private and it is looking very promising.
    The project has raised over $20 million and tests have been all successful. Right now the project is entering the next stage and is interested in investors with passion for space.
    Would you be interested in looking at it? You can contact me, I am sure it will be of your interest at least looking at it, and it might be a perfect fit for Virgin Galactic, or one of your future suppliers of space engines.


    Mike Lukowiecky

    January 13, 2010 at 2:54 am | Reply
  84. Bojan

    Hello Mr. Branson,

    Congratulations on your success so far! You are an inspiration for many, although it seems that you had tons of luck in order to get where you are now (of course, together with all your other positive virtues).

    I would like to ask you, which decade of your life you think was the best for you?

    Also, can you please describe what each of the decades of your life meant (brought) for you?

    Thanks for the time of your secretary reading this and best of luck in the future!


    January 13, 2010 at 2:57 am | Reply
  85. Jerry Pantzer Documentary Filmmaker

    Dear Mr. Branson,

    So far most films of long spaceflight missions are quite visually beautiful and the work of the astronauts are captured in a mechanical way which is understandable given the exact and difficult operations they must undertake. At time we are relieved by their cute antics in zero G, group interviews and educational telecasts to students for interactive science sessions. All of these are important.

    However, I would love to see a documentary made in a more personal manner in which we see how they live, feel and think their in their weightless environment. They are human and there are moments that have yet to be captured which may be profound and illuminating by the very nature of their interaction with each other or even moments of pure solitude. Following a crew for and extensive period of time with a small HDV camcorder and perhaps focusing on a variety of individuals say on the ISS, could also yield vital behavioral information for future, longer spaceflights to Mars for example. At the very least, we can become much closer to them on a more personal level. So many crews have gone up, but there are only a score that we can name to this day. A style of shooting called Cinema Verite' can achieve this.

    As a cinematographer who has shot many documentary films in this manner, I would be most eager to achieve this incredible goal. I have shot quite a lot of aviation films and have been exhilarated by the experience of zero G. It in fact feels more natural than a gravity bound life. I would volunteer to do this at any cost.

    Mr. Branson, please consider this in any way your vision forsees. You can always google my name to see what I have done.

    Many thanks sir,
    Jerry Pantzer

    January 13, 2010 at 3:36 am | Reply
  86. Laine

    Can we trade houses for a week? Maybe 2?

    January 13, 2010 at 3:45 am | Reply
  87. Casandro Robbo

    hi Richard,
    I love yr attitudes on life and yr passion to explore. Therefore, i think you can give me good advice on my personal difficult situation.
    I am now 28, have 65K USD debt (bank and personal debt) but with a stable job which i can earn 3K USD a month.
    What should i do? Work hard to repay the debt first? Or borrow more to make greater return?
    I really afraid that i am wasting time of my life and falling in the danger zone of stable and comfort (though i am far from comfortable with the current debt.)
    Hope you will share something with me.

    January 13, 2010 at 3:50 am | Reply
  88. Alan Brown

    Hello Sir Richard, how would I go about getting the licence to make Virgin Jewelry ?I have a jewelry factory and provide contract manufacturing for at least one fortune 500 company with your brand recognition think that it could bring a good revenue stream to your brand. Just think of all of the outlets you have already. Virgin duty free,virgin megastores etc... hope to hear back from someone from Virgin.

    Alan Brown,

    Elephant Brand Silver.

    January 13, 2010 at 3:54 am | Reply
  89. Bruce

    Sir Richard,

    Your PR activities often see you photographed having fun with a bevy of beautiful young women. (Lucky you!) It shows the element of fun which underpins Virgin's success, but what does it express about the position of female employees in the Virgin group?

    Regards, Bruce

    January 13, 2010 at 4:02 am | Reply
  90. jacob

    Just wondering is massing billions of dollars and owning your own island as fun as it sounds? Ok thats not my question...DO YOU HAVE ANY JOB OPENINGS? ONCE YOU HIRE ME THEN WE CAN TALK ABOUT HOW GREAT YOU ARE!

    January 13, 2010 at 4:08 am | Reply
  91. Crystal

    On the Virgin website you invite people to submit the 'next big idea' business venture. How any of your current ventures resulted from that program, if so which one(s)? I love the program and your invitation to help. I submitted my own Big Idea on the site Sun Jan 10 and hope it will land on your desk for review.

    January 13, 2010 at 4:28 am | Reply
  92. Viva Ann Guerrero

    Hello Mr. Branson,

    Since you never completed schooling, it is safe to say you don't rely on your academic record for your outstanding success. What facet of your personality do you rely on the most in your dealings, i.e. social skills, intuition, disposition, etc.? I am wondering how you got so many people to grab your ideas and run with them..

    Nice job on the space ship : ) It brought us into 2010..


    January 13, 2010 at 4:37 am | Reply
  93. Lucky

    Sir Richard, I am a 37 year old sri lankan who would love to work under you – life is too short and I dont want to waste it anymore. I wish you good health and long life. Your positive attitude towards life and your smiling face have inspired me and my family very much. All we have in this part of the world is your book, Screw it and lets do it and its second only to the Bible for us.

    January 13, 2010 at 5:10 am | Reply
  94. Saied Tafida

    Hi Mr Richard
    Why is Virgin Nigeria having problems? Some times staff salaries are not paid in time, and recently there are issues on money saga...what seems to be the problem?

    January 13, 2010 at 5:27 am | Reply
  95. Jose

    Do You Meditate? And if so, how often? Do You consider it part of your Success?

    January 13, 2010 at 5:30 am | Reply
  96. Shuichi Yoshikawa

    Dear Mr. Branson

    I am a hotelier in Osaka, Japan. Currently,your airline is not in service in the Pacific Region. Do you have plans to expand your flights that will include major cities like Tokyo and Osaka?
    Just for your reference, I work at Hotel New Otani Osaka..
    Our hotel would like to accommodate your passengers.

    I hope to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards,

    January 13, 2010 at 5:37 am | Reply
  97. Renato Andrade

    Hi Richard,

    I am a big fan of you, and for quite some time. I have crossed with you several times in South Africa and other places...and for some time I have wanted to ask this question.

    I have a big question...how come Virgin (airline, megastores, clubs...) isn't present in Latin America in general, specially considering the economical growth the continent has had for the past decade? In particular, in Brazil, where I suppose, being Brazilian myself, the Virgin brand in general, and methods of business would have great appeal?


    January 13, 2010 at 5:39 am | Reply
  98. Liz

    Dear Mr. Branson,

    I just wanted to thank you. You are leading innovation and sending so much good energy into this world, and you don't even have to do it!

    I really appreciate it. Thank you.


    January 13, 2010 at 6:03 am | Reply
  99. wayneanderson

    happynew year mr.branson man i wish you can give some millions so i can started my life.

    January 13, 2010 at 6:09 am | Reply
  100. Mustafa

    Mr branson what would u advise an entrepreneur to be? any advise?

    January 13, 2010 at 6:14 am | Reply
  101. abdoulaye ba

    hello richard u are my hero for long time i always like to meat u personely becasuse u kindness to africa cause my question how u going to to help africa to get out the pauvrete not politicalk domaine

    January 13, 2010 at 6:15 am | Reply
  102. catherine karanja

    Hi Branson!
    Please donate a school bus for an orphanage that runs a school in Nairobi Kenya at karen. The name of the school is Church on the Rock Acdemy.

    January 13, 2010 at 6:24 am | Reply
  103. Rick Brown

    Hi Richard,

    I read your book, "Business Stripped Bare" and put into practice what you preached. I gave a letter to one of your flight attendants in Australia so that she would give it to her supervisor and it would eventually go up the chain of command to you, but I never heard back. I am curious to know if you ever got the letter.


    January 13, 2010 at 6:31 am | Reply
  104. Oleg

    Dear Sir Richard,

    where do you stand on biofuel technology for the aircraft (Qatar air flight being the recent case). Does it have a future? Would Virgin consider it.
    Thank you.

    With regards,

    January 13, 2010 at 6:45 am | Reply
  105. Preetesh

    Hi Richard,

    Heard you speak last year – was a great experience!

    How do you keep your ambition and drive for success still going after all these years? Many people seem to plateau after a while but it seems that your mindset has not really changed from the early Student magazine and Virgin Records day!

    January 13, 2010 at 6:54 am | Reply
  106. John McLaughlin

    HI Richard

    When you first got started, before your fame. Who believed in you (besides yourself)?

    Were you ready to fail?

    Great job so far.

    Best Always,

    John McLaughlin

    January 13, 2010 at 7:01 am | Reply
  107. Derek Whitton

    Mr. Branson,

    Good morning from a Scottish engineer in sunny Perth(West Australia that is).
    Just wondered if you would be remoely interested in a concept whereby 60% of the energy requirements of a conventional familly car would be suppled by atmospheric air.
    It is so simple which is probably of the reasons it has never been thought of

    Kind Regards

    Derek Whitton

    January 13, 2010 at 7:08 am | Reply
  108. Peter A. Cummings


    We have met a couple of times before. I am a very frequent flyer on Virgin Airlines with over two million frequent flyer miles. I am also one of the most frequent flyers on the Shanghai route. Why have you allowed Virgin's quality service to deteriorate so badly? Erosion of the Virgin brand image in one of your flagship services will spread and ultimately affect unrelated products and services. What are your plans to fix this and how fast?


    January 13, 2010 at 7:16 am | Reply
  109. Alex

    When are you coming back to Stowe I think it would be nice to talk to our Branson award participants

    January 13, 2010 at 7:38 am | Reply
  110. Burton

    So many companies have ventured into unknown territories, and either moderately succeeded or failed altogether.
    The airline industry will eventually settle down to a slow low, and the strongest will survive where the weakest will combine. There's minimal growth expansion with current limiting technology.
    I see you as a brilliant mind in media. Therefore, why not focus on taking media into the 21st century rather than airlines. I believe you can help change the face of media – that is your strength, and your channel.
    I wish I could work with you.

    January 13, 2010 at 7:48 am | Reply
  111. Mary Lou

    Dear Mr. Branson,
    Where would you invest $1M right now on a high risk transaction?
    Thank you and keep on marking our century.
    Best for the next decade

    January 13, 2010 at 7:51 am | Reply
  112. Mike Fieggen

    Mr. Branson,
    Why is that you always insist that photos of you never show you wearing glasses, even though you usually wear them in the office? Do you feel that people wearing glasses are less "HIP" than the image you carefully control?
    Also, why is it that you, despite your wealth and carefully cultivated image, pay so few taxes in great Britain? Most of your profits are chanelled into offshore subsidiaries, leaving few profits to be taxed in the UK. Great wealth carries great responsibilites, how about shouldering some of them and giving back to your country part of what it has given you?

    January 13, 2010 at 7:57 am | Reply
  113. Michael Waters

    Hello Mr. Branson. I wonder if I simply ask you directly to contact me via email you would do so. I am looking for help in getting a renewable, clean energy electricity power plant built. I would like to run some ideas past you if you have the time. I assure you I am quite serious, though I don't know how to prove it to you other than by taking me seriously long enough to give me a chance with your first email. You can email me at the following addresses: porpus23@yahoo.co.uk -and-
    porpus23@gmail.com Thank you in advance for your trust and curiosity. Sincerely, Michael Waters~ Cheers~

    January 13, 2010 at 8:03 am | Reply
  114. Abiodun

    Hi Richard. Your success is damn too awesome to be unnoticed. 30 something years ago it was but a dream.

    Now Richie, tell me what goes on in your mind regularly. I don't suppose you lounge, dine and sup just for pleasure; there's gotto be some thought that drives out those "out-of-this-world" ideas out of you.

    And as a steady developer of ideas; how do you plan your take offs?

    Keep up the good venturing brother.

    January 13, 2010 at 8:05 am | Reply
  115. SL

    Have you thought about "Virgin Hotels" or "Virgin Motels" etc, a Virgin brand of hospitality experience? Or do you have something similar operating already? It feels like a great play which can offer a fun "Virgin" experience during one's stay.

    January 13, 2010 at 8:13 am | Reply
  116. efiong e.i.

    what are the REAL reasons your company pulled out from nigeria?

    January 13, 2010 at 8:21 am | Reply
  117. Nicole

    You are a very active, industrious, imaginative person and probably you have no free time.
    Are you happy?

    January 13, 2010 at 8:25 am | Reply
  118. kenneth Beregha

    Hello sir ,
    I am from Nigeria. I am unhappy with the outcome of your virginNigeria venture. Do you think our country was primarily the reason for failure? You have failed in some other countries though. Would you be looking back at that market in aviation?

    January 13, 2010 at 8:28 am | Reply
  119. Robert Lederman

    Hi Sir Richard,
    I've read your book about Virgin and was interested to see that you are dyslexic. In my professional life I work as a Developmental Optometrist and really take care of a lot of undiagnosed visual problems which contribute greatly to the reading difficulties of so very many kids. 6/6 is NOT enough for being a competent reader.
    As the world becomes more screen orientated, and getting good information into our brains becomes essential for good decision making, this area of eyecare needs promoting in general, and in schools in particular.

    I would be very keen to meet with you next time I'm in the UK to discuss how to promote these ideas.
    You can be in touch with me on lederman66@bezeqint.net
    I look forward to hearing from you

    January 13, 2010 at 8:29 am | Reply
  120. Guiomar

    Dear Mr. Branson

    Thank you for providing this link. I am a woman with great entrepreneurial spirit and a keen eye to discern business opportunities, always viewing adverse situations as a challenge BUT lack the courage to say "screw it, let's do it". I live in Dubai and would love the opportunity to meet you either in UAE or in any of your offices worldwide, at your convenience.

    kind regards

    January 13, 2010 at 8:38 am | Reply
  121. Ilori

    Hi Mr. Branson
    What exactly happened with the deal you made with Virgin Nigeria in Nigeria?

    January 13, 2010 at 8:54 am | Reply
  122. ashwin

    why has virgin stopped flying out of mumbai to london heathrow and now only serves delhi?

    January 13, 2010 at 9:12 am | Reply
  123. Sabrina

    Dear Mr. Branson,

    Seeing you or hearing your name is enough to remain optimistic!!

    My question:

    What are the chances for a 34 year old woman with an MSc in international business and a BA (Hons) in translation, fluency in five languages, over 10 years experience in different fields on different continents TO GET A GOOD POSITION WITH A GOOD COMPANY?

    Often, the problem seems I am either a bit too old for some employers who want freshers or not that Expert for others to be considered for the positions I am interested in!!!

    Also, I get amazed when some employers say that my experience is diluted just because I worked in sales and marketing, admin and accounts, business development and research! Isn’t it better to have some one with a fair knowledge of various aspects of the business rather than someone expert in one field only?

    Could my not getting a job be a sign for starting my own business? If so, how do I proceed without any capital although biz ideas are many?

    Thanks a lot and all the very best for 2010.


    January 13, 2010 at 9:25 am | Reply
  124. Austine

    How were u able to build such a great business empire even with dropping out of school. What really motivated.

    January 13, 2010 at 9:29 am | Reply
  125. Ajmal

    Hi Mr. Branson,

    If somebody makes a movie about your life and your success, what actor would you recommend as you?

    January 13, 2010 at 9:32 am | Reply
  126. Rodrigo

    Sir Richard,

    How have you kep your children grounded (they seem, according to your book successful in their own right) amid your vast economic growth? Stories always surface about the children of the famous who break the law of create scandls?

    How does one keeps one's staff motivated during many years?

    Have you been to Prague (recently or at all)? if not, then you should pay us a visit and perhaps through the British Chamber of Commerce.

    Thank you and all the best,


    January 13, 2010 at 9:46 am | Reply
  127. Hal

    Our company has launched a massive Jatropha plantation on a very poor island in Indonesia. Eventually this plantation could produce over a million MT of Jatropha based Bio-Fuel. This project can eventually employ over 45,000 persons, drastically raising the standard of living on this starving island within the next 10 years. How do we get a strong advocate of environmental and social awareness, such as yourself, to join our team, and help push projects such as ours forward.

    By the way, on your F1 car. I would like to suggest turning around the Virgin label on the front of the car (just ahead of the driver). It would make it much more visable when seen from the camera just above the drivers head.

    January 13, 2010 at 9:52 am | Reply
  128. Charlotte

    Mr Branson, you have shown the world many times that you are not afraid of diversity in your business portfolio. In hindsight, what type of business or business idea are you most sorry that you did not pursue?

    January 13, 2010 at 9:59 am | Reply
  129. Patrik Freij

    Hi Richard.....

    If you had been born 1990, do you think that you could have build up the same life that you have today?
    Is the life harder today or is it easier in your opinion when you was a little child?
    And also what is your favourite music?
    Beatles/Stones/U2/Springsteen/Jimi Hendrix....or something else...

    A question from Sweden/Patrik

    January 13, 2010 at 10:11 am | Reply
  130. David

    Mr Branson,

    Your first business success was with Virgin Records. I left the music industry in 1998 after 15 years of hard work. My reason for giving it up centered on how the major labels treated both the artist and the consumer. Since then the industry has been destroyed by illegal downloads which, being a copyright owner, I do not condone. However, I feel the industry got and continues to get what it deserves. What would you do to fix the music business?



    January 13, 2010 at 10:25 am | Reply
  131. B, Dutoit

    I am always impressed with your creativity and your will power. A person with an enourmour vision, success and yet, tremendous sensitivity ..
    I have a daughter 9 years old struggling in the school with learning difficutlties, I always give you as an example. teachers do not understand and always complain.

    What would you suggest?
    Thank you

    January 13, 2010 at 10:42 am | Reply
  132. Natasa

    Dear Mr. Branson,
    I would like to know, if I can send one handbag for your wife or daughter as I recently started my business jbzahra.si, just like to get some different opinion…?

    January 13, 2010 at 10:46 am | Reply
  133. Rahul Seth

    Hi Richard,

    At what point in your career did you realise you could break the barriers and virtually communicate your brand to anyone?

    Best of luck with Virgin Racing this year.

    January 13, 2010 at 10:47 am | Reply
  134. Amanda

    What is the most difficult/niche company or product you have had to market. My business/product is niche and a real challenge to promote.

    January 13, 2010 at 10:47 am | Reply
  135. Hendrik

    Hello Richard!

    I wanted to ask. How physically hard was it to complete the tests for outer space flights? And who was tougher in completeing those tests, you or you`re son?

    Be well!


    January 13, 2010 at 10:48 am | Reply
  136. Alexandra

    Dear Sir,

    What could your airline be able to do to assist in relief efforts in Haiti. Would you be willing to transport aid workers/volunteers, supplies there? Please consider this question.

    Gratefuly, Alexandra Scheele

    January 13, 2010 at 10:49 am | Reply
  137. M E


    Whats the latest on the Virgin Galactic? Timeline etc...


    January 13, 2010 at 10:50 am | Reply
  138. Kreso

    Dear Sir Branson,
    I have been "in love" with space as long as I know. Coming from a small
    country (Croatia) and working as a university professor there is no
    way for me to visit space in my lifetime (by the time your and other
    companies do it for me to be affordable I'll probably be to old...)

    The question is can you make it pro bono for me 🙂

    Hope you have a lot of luck with all your projects,

    January 13, 2010 at 10:52 am | Reply
  139. Jatin Malik

    Dear Mr. Branson

    Jus want to ask you 5 mantras of success and living life king size as you do.
    I am from India and would appreciate if Someone on ur behalf could drop me a mail for my answer as i wont be able to see this telecast..:(

    Looking forward for a reply.

    Jatin Malik
    (Future Richard Branson)

    January 13, 2010 at 10:54 am | Reply
  140. Lindsey Davies

    Hi Richard,

    As a successful business man what would you say was the one piece of advice that has helped you most throughout your career?

    I'm intregued to know who passed this on to you and what you have learnt through adopting – or not – the recommnedations / advice given.

    Thanks and best of wishes for 2010.


    January 13, 2010 at 10:54 am | Reply
  141. Marty Wilson

    Bearing in mind all you've achieved and where the planet is headed, if you could go back in time and give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be?

    January 13, 2010 at 10:55 am | Reply
  142. elaine milner

    i have a very simple,cheap idea and don,t know who to speak to or what to do with it..it could or i should say WILL make drinking safer for everyone whether it be in a nightclub or bar or any venue open to the public..this needs to be addressed..i came up with this idea whilst at work..i work as a taxi controller and see first hand the devastation some idiots can cause to innocent people out enjoying themselves..please point me in the right direction 🙂

    January 13, 2010 at 10:55 am | Reply
  143. Dan Nash

    Hi Richard

    I'm a disabled entrepreneur, and clearly everything going digital is good for me. I can easily work from home and access the world from one place.

    I just wondered... if you were starting out now, with technology and the world as it is, what industries do you think you'd be going in to? What's exciting you RIGHT NOW?!


    Dan Nash

    January 13, 2010 at 10:57 am | Reply
  144. Pär Nygårds

    Hi Richard,

    On illicit filesharing: Do you agree with Matt Mason (author of The Pirates Dilemma, w background in the music biz) that competition often beats enforcement or legal actions when combating piracy?

    January 13, 2010 at 10:57 am | Reply
  145. Natasha

    Sir Richard Branson,

    have you thought about creating a development program to encourage youngsters with great ambition to realise their dreams? If its one thing that has been so hard, it is the progression into F1 for a ambitious Australian/British girl, and it would be so great to be taken under someone's wing and guidance... much like the evolving driver programs, not for people behind the wheel but for those who want to pursue a career in a business management area with F1.

    January 13, 2010 at 10:58 am | Reply
  146. John Cornelisse

    Hi Richard,
    How will the future in business look like? Will it be a few big business empires or do freelancers and small businesses have the future with their flexibility and the power to work together on individual projects? Thank you for your insights.
    Cheers, John

    January 13, 2010 at 11:00 am | Reply
  147. Richard laverick

    Have you heard about the Venus project based in Florida?

    January 13, 2010 at 11:05 am | Reply
  148. Elina Belova

    Dear Sir Richard Branson, what is your opinion about the policy makers?

    Do they affect, what you are doing or as you are in the world wide you just run out of their control? Are they effective to new businessmen from your view? Is there anything that you would like to change, if you were a politician?

    January 13, 2010 at 11:06 am | Reply
  149. ShinBeauty

    I read your biography and so many articles published. I bought in your shops but I still have to fly Virgin Airlines to complete my experience...

    When will you take position in the micro credit field: your energy and your signature could help a lot developing countries.

    I'd subscribe to your society and help the projects you would select.

    Thanks for such an amazing life

    January 13, 2010 at 11:08 am | Reply
  150. Nataly

    Mr Branson,
    The Russian cosmonauts take with themselves in space favourite music. what is your favourite Russian music?
    Thank you

    January 13, 2010 at 11:09 am | Reply
  151. Paul, Romania

    Dear Richard,

    Is it possible to convince every government on this planet to create a monthly 1 USD tax for every worker and 10 USD for every company in order to create a disaster / hunger fund for people that need it around the globe?

    January 13, 2010 at 11:09 am | Reply
  152. Trudy Byrnes

    Hi Richard
    Are you planning a trip to Australia soon? If so, will you visit Melbourne and when might that be please?
    Cheers and best wishes

    January 13, 2010 at 11:10 am | Reply
  153. Jay

    Dear Mr. Branson, do you think Virgin Galactic will ever be able to offer space trips to the outer rings of the solar system, for example to Mars? Or will we have to stick to the close vicinity of the Earth? I guess this question is inspired by global warming and other cross-generational considerations. http://WeekendOnMars.com

    January 13, 2010 at 11:13 am | Reply
  154. Gessi ( www.semprevoe.com )

    Hi Richard,

    When Virgin Atlantic will come to Brazil?

    I ask the question because the market is dominated by one airline that does not innovate and charge absurd prices for poor service.

    Certainly Virgin Atlantic in less than 5 years would achieve a prominent place on a lucrative market and little explored as Brazil.

    January 13, 2010 at 11:16 am | Reply
  155. Patrick Watson

    Hello Sir,
    How did you over come the politics in your business and if you had too, which company would you stay with if all others had to go and why?

    January 13, 2010 at 11:19 am | Reply
  156. Najwa

    Sir Branson, I have a son who is 11. He is very bright, with an IQ of 126 but he hates school! He wants to leave school as early as possible and not finish his studies. When I discuss this with him, he gives me your name as a reference saying: Look at Sir Richard Branson! He did not finish school!
    What can you tell my son? Also, would you employ someone who does not present you with higher education degrees?
    Thank you!

    January 13, 2010 at 11:19 am | Reply
  157. Roland

    Dear Richard

    The noughties witnessed an explosion of companies going online and fully computer-ising their business. I would like to know your thoughts on the future of e-business.

    Also, one of the greatest inventions of the noughties was the Sky Plus device. I'd be interested to know what you thoughts are on the role computer technology in this area. I for one am excited!

    Thank you for hosting this event.

    January 13, 2010 at 11:22 am | Reply
  158. Alex Holmes

    Hello Richard,

    As your average teenager, I helplessly find it hard to fathom how rapidly the world is changing around me. With this change arises many problems. I do feel it is possible to fix the majority of these given the right people adopting the correct strategies. In your opinion how is it that one can be successful in life while simultaneously upholding his own morals thus reducing the amount of problems faced by the world in the future?


    January 13, 2010 at 11:23 am | Reply


    Now that you have decided to enter the world of banking VIRGIN MONEY how do you propose moving forward? Your businesses are known for good customer service. Banking is not normally associated with being a friendly, empathetic business. What will be your banks unique selling point?


    ps. I do not work for Virgin 🙂

    January 13, 2010 at 11:26 am | Reply
  160. Peter Spanakos

    Hello Richard !

    I just came up with one more question for you and anyone else who might be interested.... !
    Have you ever been to Denmark and experienced the brilliant danish biking network? They have paved bike roads, bike traffic lights and special bike lanes all over the place ! It's really quiete amazing ! People here are very creative with, and totally in tune with their bicycles!, ...one example being, boxbikes, which are used to transport all kinds of things, including people! ! here in Denmark there's really nothing strange about getting out on your bike, no matter what the weather may be, with hundreds of other fellow peddlers and just quietly going out and about on the daily business routine.... And to top it all off , it's great exercise!
    The final part of my question is; ...would you Sir, be interested in starting a bike company?
    I have a bicycle invention of my own that I'm still working on, after all these years!, which I hope to bring to develop and market some day! And possibly doing some cross country rides to promote the idea and encourage others to become in tune with the most brilliant invention: the simple, strong,trustworthy bicycle!

    I thank you very much for your time and energy!
    Best regards,

    January 13, 2010 at 11:27 am | Reply
  161. Tiz

    I am looking for a job.

    What are the chances of being employed in your company.

    January 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Reply
  162. Andreas Sipsakas

    When are you launching your first Moon hotel and do you think the best way to travel there is by space ship or by teleportation?

    January 13, 2010 at 11:30 am | Reply
  163. Zakhar Pashoon

    Hi, Richard 😉 I am greatly interested in Virgin Galactic. Will the tickets cost less in 2020 ?? I am now only getting my first million so my aim is to travel with your comapny in 10 years. Great THANKS to You for Your book, it motivates me a lot and helps to build my businees with partners!!!

    January 13, 2010 at 11:39 am | Reply
  164. Guru

    Hi Richard,

    I am one of your big fans and love your attitude towards life..The risk you take in business and the passion you show is simply superb and inspiring. I have two questions/ideas for you

    1. I lately read your book "Screw it lets do it (expanded version)" where in you talk about global warming and the seriousness of the issue.. i thot it would be a great idea if you could publish the book in a recycleable paper wouldn't that be a powerful way of communicating the seriousness of the issue?
    2.I am from india and a great fan of virgin ..i know that virgin is not doing all that great as a mobile service provider...my gutfeel says that Virgin would be a great hit if it sold Handsets under virgin name than being a service provider!!


    January 13, 2010 at 11:40 am | Reply
  165. Arber Gega

    Dear Richard,

    My ambition in life is not to be rich but successful. I want to be an entrepreneur. However there will be many obstacles in front of me and I will try everything to overcome them while still keeping cool. What is your advice to been a successful entrepreneur?

    Best wishes,
    Arber Gega.

    January 13, 2010 at 11:40 am | Reply
  166. Paul

    Sir Richard Branson,

    I have always admired your entruprenurial spirit and the approach you take to business.

    My question is:

    To what extent have you become the product compared to your products being renowned as the product?

    What i mean is:

    When you take on a venture their is excitement regarding the quality of your product and your enviable customer satisfaction. (planes, trains, media etc) However, it seems that once you move on to something new, you begin to spend less time on your older ventures and they slowly decay into the norm. I have had poor service with your Virgin media product as an example.

    How can you better maintain this balance of product quality and customer service? – and if you give me corporate speal i will know the answer straight away (with jest!).

    Thank you and all the best for 2010

    Paul Young

    January 13, 2010 at 11:46 am | Reply
  167. July

    Which women for you is beautiful?Describe her 🙂 thank you.

    January 13, 2010 at 11:50 am | Reply
  168. Olusegun

    Mr. Branson,

    Your name itself is a Brand.

    Please why did Virgin pull out of Nigeria? Can you still comeback to invest in Nigeria aviation industry?

    Will you dare to invest 2hrs of your time with me?

    January 13, 2010 at 11:53 am | Reply
  169. Rochelle Galletly

    Hi Rich darling,

    Big fan! 3 questions:

    (1) In the early days of Virgin what did you do to get your brand out there and known to your target audience?
    (2) What would you do different in this regard if you were starting at the beginning with a fabulous new concept or idea in today's world?

    (3) Having so many ventures it must be very important who you employ in upper management. What are some of the qualities you look for in a manager?

    Love your work.

    What can I do to get a copy of your interview?
    I am in Australia and it will be highly unlikely to air here unfortunately.

    Best Regards,

    Rochelle Galletly
    Health Protect International – The Sanitising Specialists – for all your mattress and carpet care needs)
    Bundaberg, QLD, Australia

    January 13, 2010 at 11:57 am | Reply
  170. david carnduff

    Hello Sir Richard Branson

    And hello to all on here also my question to you Mr Branson is this .

    Being a entrepreneur of 30 year's old living in birmingham england and currently an out of work electrican i was fortunate enough to meet a scientist last year who showed me another way to possibly free electricity i have never seen this method before but recorded it on camera for evidence now also i would not like money as daft as it seems

    I maybe willing to share this with everyperson in the united kingdom i am also at college part time studying more electrics at present and i am planning to have wireless electrical circuits also also if no body want's to have that then there's always of running the house lights off a 9v battery or the other circuits off one also

    we have the the technology to use so we can use it together to create i global system of some kind

    other things i'm also involved in is i'm also a founder of my community base where i help people learn something and in return i do this for free weather it's some plumbing , tiling , etc i have a vast range of people on my book's and we are solely doing this for non profit and no money at all

    we do it to help each other .

    I have been trying to reach you to offer you a meeting in person at any location you wish to anywhere at anytime so i can put this to you i know it may be difficult to contact anybody not just yourself and i totally respect your life and work and i wish you all the future success to come on your many venture's you have and maybe planning

    I would like it even to see myself or we talk so maybe we can help people together

    I'm no way money orientated and have any degrees etc i'm just me an ordinary person with a family and support from people

    January 13, 2010 at 11:59 am | Reply
  171. Rick Mcleod

    Hi Richard, I was actually wanting to ask if you would mind doing a cameo appearance in a short film I have written and plan to film later in the year, it would be as yourself though, I'm sorry to say though, but when I write the concept and script, the speciific character was based around you.

    All the best

    January 13, 2010 at 12:00 pm | Reply

    Dear Mr.Brandson,

    I am grate admirer of your achievements.I am inspired by the fact
    that even after leaving school at an early age you achieved all this
    through innovation and hard work.

    Mr.Brandson is there a possibility of opening an Virgin Atlantic office
    in Sri Lanka. The demand for passenger and cargo loads would be
    great in the coming years since the end of ethnic conflict.If so I would love to be part of it and help set it up.

    Thank you for your time.

    January 13, 2010 at 12:16 pm | Reply
  173. Rebecca White

    Dear Sir Richard

    Have you received my letter inviting you to lunch with my husband in Sydney, Australia as a surprise for his 30th birthday?? It's my shout!!

    Rebecca White

    January 13, 2010 at 12:17 pm | Reply
  174. Lukas

    Dear Mr. Brandson,

    I am 8 years old. My dad gave me your book to read "Screw it Lets do it" and I thought it was very insperational. It took me two weeks to read. I got some great ideas I think. The problem is people don't take me seriouse because of my age.
    Question 1: Do you have any ideas how they can?
    Question 2: What crazy ideas did you have when you were a kid that never became real?

    Stay cool and see you on the moon.
    Lukas, Sweden

    January 13, 2010 at 12:18 pm | Reply
  175. Natalie

    Dear Sir Richard,

    This is not so much a question, as a polite suggestion: given your proven track record with all things transport, could you please take over from/replace First Capital Connect in the UK? You would make many thousands of commuters happy, not to mention the many millions of pounds you could make if you ran their services properly.

    January 13, 2010 at 12:21 pm | Reply
  176. Peter Schoenmakers

    Mr Richard Branson,

    What can you do right now for the people on Haiti?

    Thanks !


    January 13, 2010 at 12:25 pm | Reply
  177. Panos

    How do you dicide what to do with your life? I am a bit lost.

    January 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Reply
    • Panos

      I ment decide. My iPhone can never correct properly.

      January 13, 2010 at 12:32 pm | Reply
  178. liam

    Why don't you pay some tax?

    January 13, 2010 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  179. João Paulo Pacifico

    Hi Richard,

    Do you have any plans to do business in Brazil ? If so, in which sector would you start?

    Appreciate speak to you,

    João Paulo Pacifico (www.gaiasec.com.br)

    January 13, 2010 at 12:28 pm | Reply
  180. Morten

    Will you open a cross-national MVNO, which will make it easier for people who frequently travel, to retain their mobile internet connection and phone connection without horrible roaming charges, practically whereever they are in the world?

    January 13, 2010 at 12:31 pm | Reply
  181. ashley

    Hi Richard whatever happened that to the reality show that you had on television. I rather enjoyed it.

    What would you say to someone who wanted to become a global entrepeneur but lives in an emerging economy

    January 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  182. David C Bernvi

    Hello Richard!

    2010 is the international year of biodiversity, will we see the Virgin brand venture into any form of biocapital interests? This would increase the chances of governments interesting themselves in lawenforcements regarding species conservation, will we see someone brining economic value into biodiversity?

    David C Bernvi, Sweden

    January 13, 2010 at 12:33 pm | Reply
  183. Kris Whitton

    Hi Richard,
    I was wondering if your staff at Virgin Atlantic still go through customer care training?? I've always been a Virgin flyer but had the worst flying expierence last year June that has made me think twice about how much they care,and all i got was a 6000 air mile apology.
    Kris Whitton
    Cafe Luna Restaurant

    January 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Reply
  184. Theresa Puatu

    I met you many years ago, when I worked for Virgin Atlantic at JFK. I remember you had a notebook that you carried in and wrote in frequently. Someone said you wrote EVERYTHING down. I always wondered if that was true, and if so, how has it helped you?

    January 13, 2010 at 12:38 pm | Reply
  185. Elizabeth

    I second Ovi's Question, When will you think of venturing into politics? UK could certainly use the help!
    Also, what are your views on the discrimination and mistreatment of HM Forces that happens every day in UK?
    There are great men like Phil Packer and then there are those like Phil Shiner.

    The country needs your help to remind it what patriotism is and that nationalism is not a dirty word!

    January 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  186. Liz

    Hello Mr. Branson,

    Could you please advise upcoming and new business person like myself what they need to do in this current global meltdown where banks loans are hard to comeby. Hope you will also share with us viewers the secrets to your success.

    Thank you.

    January 13, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  187. Zachary Stansberry

    If I was to work for "Corporate America" there is no one that I would enjoy working more then you. You are by far one of the greatest humanitarian of today, so my question is; What is the most successful way to apply for an internship working for you?

    January 13, 2010 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  188. pramok

    Mr, 'Richi the Rich' Branson,

    Forget about the space travel or high flying tourist – how about contributing something for the impoverished – poorest of poor here in Nepal – by the time you send next tourist to the moon, half of the population in this country will have not have access to drinking water or electricity for simple living. If you say thats your problem – then at least have the courtesy to not to waste energy and expenses for the space travel.


    January 13, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Reply
  189. SG

    Dear Richard,

    I am a big fan of yours and your work!

    I was wondering how do you deal/have you dealt with adversity in business and personal life. I hope you will still be able to answer my question as I will unfortunately not be able to watch the show tonight.

    Many Thanks for your work and keep inspiring people please!



    January 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  190. Ruvini Kariyawasan

    Dear Mr Branson,

    Do you have any plans in visiting Sri Lanka?? 🙂 Guess you should give thought in investing here as well.

    Cheers – Ruvini

    January 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Reply
  191. Neil

    I recently came across your foundation Virgin Unite, can you tell me a little bit more about it?

    January 13, 2010 at 1:02 pm | Reply
  192. Tiara

    Thanks for this opportunity!

    Richard, is there a project or cause you wish you could support but hasn't had anyone take up yet? Is there anything that makes you go "man, I wish someone would do X, I would totally support them if they did"?

    January 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Reply
  193. Jane

    Are you free for dinner?

    I can't think of anyone more interesting to pass a couple of hours with over a bowl of pasta in Milan!

    Milan, Italy

    January 13, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Reply

    Mr Branson,

    What was your motivation and inspiration to reach and achieve what you have so far?

    January 13, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Reply
  195. rosemary rimmer-clay

    I am a social work student thrown off my course for having dyspraxia (overlaps with dyslexia). Any comment on how to challenge rampant disability discrimination?

    January 13, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Reply
  196. Rob McLeod

    Hi there Sir Richard,
    just wondering how your finding the recent progressions your organisation has made into using twitter as a mainstream communications channel, and whether it's living up to expectation:
    how are you finding it? what recommendations would you care to share from your experiences?
    Many thanks,

    January 13, 2010 at 1:23 pm | Reply
  197. Reshma Ragoonath

    Hi thank you for the opportunity, Mr Branson can you tell me what are your airline's plans for travel to the Caribbean. Will you be increasing routes, also, have you considered stepping in to purchase Air Jamaica?. Thanks

    January 13, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Reply
  198. Neil Parikh

    Having just read 'Business Stripped Bare', I'm quite fascinated with Virgin. It seems that many of your biggest successes (Virgin Mobile) and some of your biggest (not so successful events/ventures–the Virgin Trains incidents, the Northern Rock acquisition attempt, etc) have been because of Virgin finding a sector in need, then creating a service by laying the Virgin brand 'on top' of something over which you may not have control ( eg operating as an MVNO, operating trains on tracks you don't own). How do you think you've been able to take charge of the reigns on your most successful ventures and ensure the Virgin experience even when you sometimes have no control over what might happen because of your partners and providers?do you plan on going solo more often?


    Neil Parikh

    January 13, 2010 at 1:30 pm | Reply
  199. Maneesh

    Dear Mr. Branson,
    I have a few questions to ask you about various topics:

    – How do you feel about the airline industry and your investments in that sector? 5 years? 10 years?
    – Virgin is Richard Branson and Richard Branson is Virgin! How will Virgin, the brand, survive without you? What are some precautions you may take in the foreseeable future?
    – What are your thoughts on emerging market competition? Where are you looking to diversify next?
    – Have you thought of other strategic business diversification in the foreseeable future? What are Virgin's plans for the next few years?

    I hope there will be a transcript available since I will not be able to view the actual segment.
    Thank you.

    January 13, 2010 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  200. Cat

    I have a brilliant idea; a TV show and network that would help everyone achieve their aspirations and dreams! It's very important to be 'you' and to realise the person within. Not everyone has the confidence Richard has. However, wouldn't it be great if their was a medium? Imagine an outlet that showcases you and allows you to achieve success. Everyone wins on the show! You only lose if you don't believe!
    Imagine nothing less than happiness. Imagine your freedom... and the impact it has worldwide.
    I need to meet the right people who care to bring this concept to fruition. Sir Richard Branson, Oprah Winfrey & Simon Cowell are among the many I'd like to speak to.

    January 13, 2010 at 1:49 pm | Reply
  201. Jim Totczyk

    Mr Branson I work in the alternative energy sector in the UK, what can you do to assist with getting the government and other investors to realise that Fuel cells are here to stay and that they are a real replacement for everyday items. we have a large potential in the UK and yet we struggle to get any serious backing from the goverment, unless they start to invest they will not hit the targets recently set. Are you prepared to look at investing in this industry sector, as it needs a serious player to make the rest stand up and take attention.

    January 13, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Reply
  202. Tomislav Gorgiev

    Dear Sir Richard Branson,

    I am a marketing postgraduate from the Balknas and I would like to ask you if you have any future plans for expanding your business interests in this region. If yes, could you estimate the investment time-frame and the industry you consider to be most attractive? If no, could you name the main or few reasons why?

    I have red your biography and I believe that you are one of the greatest people in the world. I wish you many successes in the future.

    Tomislav, Macedonia

    January 13, 2010 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  203. Jose Antonio Morales

    Dear Richard,
    Is the path to enterprise businesses inevitable?
    Isn't it better to fill the World of SMEs?


    January 13, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Reply
  204. Seronei arap Chelulei Cheison

    You are gifted as an investor and talented as a giver. How do you balance the business instincts and the generosity without hurting either. Thank you
    Seronei Chelulei Cheison, PhD

    January 13, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Reply
  205. Tsuda Shoken

    Dear Sir Richard Branson,

    Recently, as many newspaper companies have been bankrupt , the media companies have tried to change the business model to continue to get money from us even thought we won't buy the papers and spend less time to watch TV. And more and more Internet companies try to get our attentions and time to stay with.

    So, I would like to ask you Media & Journalism of 10 year's later, and how will you run the Virgin Media in the next 10 years? Thank you.

    Tsuda Shoken
    Shiga-pref., Japan

    January 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  206. ana maria

    Mr Branson,
    I want to ask you if you belive it is important to have a mentor or a coach for improving life and businesses?
    Thank you for inspiring so many people !
    Ana Maria

    January 13, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Reply
  207. Nelson Freytes

    Hello Sir Richard. You sir are my favorite all time entrepreneur and I aspire to be like you.

    I want to ask you about alternative energy sources for the world; Do you now experiment and are anywhere close to creating 'Free-Energy' power systems for the transport vehicles you create, or just as a side project to bring the technology to the mainstream?

    Companies and inventors like http://www.steorn.com and http://www.josephnewman.com claim to have some solutions in this area.

    Thanks for your time,

    Nelson, Orange County, California

    January 13, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Reply
  208. issey

    hi i wana be just like you.ur my number 1 fan .what i have to do if i want to have the inner man of u.plx answer

    January 13, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  209. Deborah

    If you were a 16 yr old in today's world, what would you do? Start off in publishing? or would your career take a different route?

    What would you do differently?


    January 13, 2010 at 2:15 pm | Reply
  210. Manaw Modi

    Dear Richard:
    (a) There is a need for creating a business that creates business models with technology (today gadgets are a part of this but that's not all) and life-style. Currently we are seeing elements of it but integrated approach is surely the call of day. What's your thought on this? Business value is huge, I think. Do you concur? Will you be ready to help me in this?
    (b) Serving poor and under-privileged should be a business. Different mindset is needed. Charity and NGO (non-government organizations) do not carry the buck that effectively unless powerful and motivated entities are involved directly. That then is rare and so poor lose out. The whole society loses big time. Why not make a business out of it with ROI measured little differently. Share your thought.

    Thanks for your time,

    January 13, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  211. John Townsend

    Have you ever thought about starting your own political party with a view to being PM

    January 13, 2010 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  212. John Ngandaku

    how are you positioned to help inventors in third world countries achieve their dreams? We have a new invention for magneto engine but no one is giving it a shot! Out of a set of magnetic bars we have made an engine that activates a DC dynamo and with an invetor, up to 3KVA power is generated.

    January 13, 2010 at 2:19 pm | Reply
  213. Diego Gonzalez

    Dear Mr Branson,

    I am from Maracaibo, Venezuela

    I have 2 questions...Do you think that "capitalism" is in a crisis worldwide? and Do you think that the country where you live is important to do business and attract local consumers?

    Keep up the good work...

    Diego Gonzalez

    January 13, 2010 at 2:23 pm | Reply
  214. darshana

    Mr, Branson

    for sucess whihc is more important innovation or persistance?

    January 13, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  215. Stan Zaske

    This country needs jobs and that means venture capitalization to provide entrepreneurs the capital to do their thing. Sure most will fail but the ones that succeed generate lots of money and jobs. What percentage of your fortune do you invest?

    January 13, 2010 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  216. Vince McGuire

    Would you consider it a wise move for Google to exit the Chinese market?

    January 13, 2010 at 2:27 pm | Reply
  217. Justin

    Sir Richard,

    Do you think your path to sucess would have been easier had you gone on to University, or was it the freedom to learn on your own that allowed you to have such rapid and relentless successes?

    Justin, Milwaukee

    January 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  218. Bob

    Dear Sir Branson,

    How does one get out of a debt spiral when even angel investors are reluctant to help out – got a brilliant product but just caI't get a bite from banks/sponsors. All doors have been closed and I feel I need to sell it – it however is very hard to quantify – but I know it will make money if backed properly – you probably get a lot of these questions – but I really need to know is there no hope for this project? I see it as a way out of my financial plight...
    The real question is where are the real angel funders out there? is there a funder of last resort?

    Johannesburg,South Africa

    January 13, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Reply
  219. Ursula Engelhardt-Volion

    Dear Sir Richard Branson,

    you are magic... , It seems you are at 10 places at the same time...

    how do you do it...???. its fascinating...

    From where to you get the energy and the courage??

    When will you conquer the deep sea ??? It's still waiting for you or
    did I miss anything ???

    The world needs people like you.

    Keep up your magic


    January 13, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Reply
  220. Roger Lundgren

    Do you have any interest in themeparks or amusementparks?

    January 13, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  221. Keith Bardell

    One of my favorite bands was a group signed to your label in the 80's, the Go Gos. I remember they had to sue you to get paid. Steal a little you are a thief, steal a lot, you are a King, is an old saying. I lost all respect for you then.
    Now that you are wealthy, how do you gain people's respect, other than the fact that you are wealthy...Thank You.

    January 13, 2010 at 2:38 pm | Reply
  222. Richard Rubin

    Sir Richard, i live by the quotes of Wayne Gretzky, " you lose 100% of the shots you never take" and the sayings: "if you fail to plan...you plan to fail", "do what you love and love what you do..." "if you have nothing to offer, you have nothing to sell" What are your inspirational quotations? what would you consider the single one point, one moment in your life that can attribute your success? JP Geddy in his one time interview replied to this, "some people find oil, others don't".

    Richard Rubin
    Montréal, Canada

    January 13, 2010 at 2:42 pm | Reply
  223. Sarah Luck

    Sir Richard Branson,

    You are putting a lot of investment and time into developing new fuels and a more sustainable transport network. From my studies, however, the general public perception is Virgin Atlantic for example is quite different and few ordinary people know about your green efforts. Why don't you advertise more publicly the extent of your commitment to the cause? Surely this can only further improve the perception of Virgin amongst customers, If this was common knowledge I am sure you would have further support and even donations to help.


    January 13, 2010 at 2:45 pm | Reply
  224. Glaicon Rezende

    Hello Sir Richard. Here's an idea: ecoresort, spaceport, commercial satelite launch, biofuels, medicines, F1 racetrack, Virgin Money, all in the Amazon! Can we talk?

    January 13, 2010 at 2:46 pm | Reply
  225. Joseph W.

    Mr. Branson,

    When you were first starting out as an aspiring entrepreneur, what was the biggest risk you took?

    January 13, 2010 at 2:49 pm | Reply
  226. Leon

    Dear Richard
    The Virgin name is world-renowned and respected. Why is it then that Virgin Mobile in South Africa, through their shocking and virtually-nonexistent customer service, have been allowed to drag the Virgin name into the mud? Go and check out the HelloPeter.co.za website and search for Virgin Mobile. Complaints from clients run into the thousands. I waited 9 months to get a replacement phone issue sorted out and spent countless hours doing so.

    Please check them out.

    January 13, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Reply
  227. Wesley

    You promote multiple levels of affordable communications through your various ventures,but I'm curious if there's something new in the works? It seems that the world is on the verge of a master communication device but it just isn't out there yet. Light, long range, global, video, audio, social webbed, and durable. How about it?

    January 13, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Reply
  228. Christina

    Hi RIchard

    I would like to know why your Virgin staff at Gatwick are so hopeless. Our flight was cancelled today and the service from everyone dressed in RED was abysmal.

    Won't try to fly Virgin again.

    January 13, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  229. kirk_paparazZi

    Dear Sir Richard Branson when there will bi virgin radio in Ukraine ?and I hope virgin will be the best F1 team!!!
    gooood luck!!!!!

    January 13, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Reply
  230. Niels Roskott

    When are starting Virgin Zoo? 😉

    Should be fun!

    Best regards,


    January 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Reply
  231. Lawrence O.

    Mr. Branson,
    Despite having found tremendous success in your life, if you were to do it all over again, would you change anything?
    Also, what advice would you give to the new generation of young and ambitious entrepreneurs?
    Greetings from Switzerland,

    January 13, 2010 at 3:04 pm | Reply
  232. none

    Without this being a hidden attempt to ask you for a job 😉 because I am not!

    Dear Sir Branson, the likelihood of this happening to you is very small, yet it is reality for so many of us today, imagine for a moment you lose everything, you're stuck between a rock and a hard place, you lost your home and don't know how to pay next month rent or any other bills...what would be the first step you take, your first thing to do? Namaste, Monique DiCarlo http://profile.to/socialmediamuse

    January 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  233. Olugbenga Odeniyi

    Hello Richie,

    Please help me out with this questions;

    How is the Virgin group helping African countries attain the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and why are they divesting from Nigeria?

    January 13, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Reply
  234. Alan Gilham

    Hi Richard,
    As a retired member of the Royal Air Force (29 years service) I was delighted to discover that Virgin Atlantic operates a special discount for serving and retired members of the British Armed Forces. I have tried to obtain a discounted fare using this scheme on two occassions. Firstly flying to Johannesburg off-peak and secondly to Sydney during the peak UK summer season. On both occassions the Armed Forces "discounted" fare was more expensive than that available to all, via your website. I complained to VA Customer relations and was informed that Armed Forces "discounted" fares were available all year through, patently untrue, and that during peak season it was cheaper to use the "discount", also untrue. My suseqent complaints are now being ignored by VA Customer Relations. Is it fair that Virgin Atlantic should get the kudos of advertising a discount for the British Armed Forces when, in fact, VA offer a better discount to "Joe Public"?

    January 13, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Reply
  235. Oscar Sarquiz

    Dear Mr. Branson,
    I had the pleasure of being the Virgin label manager in Mexico at the beginning of the 80's, and as a result, have remained your silent fan ever since. If you should ever consider investing here again (as if, I know...), I'd LOVE to be considered to join your ranks once again. Your international manager Lisa Robinson commended me as we parted then. It would be a honor!

    January 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  236. Thorsteinn H. Fridriksson

    Dear Richard,

    After achieving so much success since you started as an entrepreneur have your reached the goals you set for yourself at a young age?

    Follow up: What were they and what are your current goals?

    Thorsteinn, founder at soccertrix.com

    January 13, 2010 at 3:25 pm | Reply
  237. Joe

    I know you encountered a lot of difficulties in trying to run a successful airline in Nigeria as a result of some unpleasant social and political issues.
    My question is, in the future if a viable business opportunity arises in Nigeria, and you have competent Nigerian partners, would you consider doing business there again?

    January 13, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  238. James Marshall Wilkinson

    Do you see Sam and Holly every taking over Virgin, if and when you retire? I hear Holly does quite a bit with the Virgin Healthcare and Sam is being groomed somewhere in the background.



    January 13, 2010 at 3:27 pm | Reply
  239. Bunmi Omotade

    I wander if Sir Branson would consider supprt educational project in Africa. This will include university senate building , nall of recidence or library in his name.

    January 13, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Reply
  240. Chamara Withanachchi

    Dear Mr. Richard,

    you are a excellent person and remarkable entrepreneur. According to your books and your life you have taken grate risks in business. why dont you start something in Sri Lanka, a small country but you get grate people. I believe you can start grate holiday facility there, excellent climate and you get the beach around the country plus many more.

    Think about it


    January 13, 2010 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  241. Hugh

    What are you most passionate about within all your business ventures?

    January 13, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Reply
  242. Ursula Engelhardt-Volion

    Dear Sir Richard Branson,

    are you planing to help Haiti ???? They need us now....


    January 13, 2010 at 3:39 pm | Reply
  243. Genie O'Malley

    Hi, Do you think that thoughts of ourselves, particularly negative ones pollute the planet and that abuse is our primary environmental concern?


    January 13, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Reply
  244. Shanna Santos

    if u could give semminar to highschool students and teach them how to be succesfull in their fututre, what would u tell them about life, values and money? specially whats the most important for u about it?

    January 13, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  245. James Roy

    Instead of working to improve connection speeds, couldn't VM sort out existing probelms first? Without bb connection now for over 24 hours in TW10 postal area.

    January 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  246. Robert Ferguson

    Hello Sir Richard,

    Given what has happen in Port au Prince, what do you think that YOU can do to help out the people there?

    Thank You.

    "Keep Flying"

    January 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  247. Dapo Olumekun

    Hi .

    Do you use Data Analysis and information management systems in any of your companies ?

    What happened to Virgin Nigeria .? There are loads of rumours and stories down here in Nigeria.

    January 13, 2010 at 3:55 pm | Reply
  248. JOHN


    The article states that 'The Virgin Label Is Known Around The World'. I am going to Spain today so I called Virgin Mobile last night. Your people told me that my phone will only work in the States.

    When will Virgin have integrated phone service throughout the world?

    Good luck on your latest venture.

    John R. Freeman

    January 13, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  249. Linda Reid

    Sir Richard,

    You appear to be having more fun than anyone else on the planet. Congratulations! Aside from your obvious business success, wealth, and philanthropic endeavours, to what do you attribute your joie de vivre?

    Keep on smiling! You're an inspiration, and a model for what plain, old hard work can achieve.

    January 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  250. Leah

    What are your thoughts on high speed rail connecting the U.S.?

    January 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm | Reply
  251. Olav Nusche

    Mr. Branson, I am going to start my own business in germany (Interactive Media & Consulting). But I want to be the brand (face).
    Right now, the markets don't know us. But we know them. What would be a good start to get people's attention without cold aquisitions or direct mails etc.?
    We do have some unit selling points which can be communicated and a company philosophie whats different to a lot of others.

    January 13, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Reply
  252. Thomas W. Thompson

    Hi Richard,
    Can you help me find a job. I have 20+ years in the computer industry (Financial Services, Insurance, Military) many as a Program/Project Manager. I have been out of work here in the states for 2 years. HELP PLEASE

    January 13, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  253. Katharina

    Hello Richard,
    Thank you for making yourself available. Here are my questions:
    How do you keep it all balanced? What is your ourlook on life? What drives you to stay innovative? How do you find/select people you can trust, challenge you and contribute to your goal? Who do you admire and why? What does Richard Branson do when he has 1 day free, without any obligations?
    What is your biggest challenge and what is
    Your biggest reward?
    I am very much looking forward to your answers, as this is a special opportunity for me to receive them from you directly.
    Again, thank you for your time and this opportunity.
    Best wishes,

    January 13, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  254. Robert Shiplett

    Can Virgin help to maintain access to "virgin skies" i.e. dark night skies so that more children see the Milky Way? At one time humans could see the Andromeda galaxy (as a nebulous area it is large than a full moon)

    Our idea is to have Boeing and Airbus agree to mount ventral web cameras on all commercial passenger aircraft as light pollution monitoring from 30k+ ft

    Standard display targets on dark sky aboriginal lands would we used to give a measure to compare with gov't envoronment ministry reports.

    Dorsal cameras on aircraft would be able to provide a more accurate assessment of light reflecting from cloud layers during takeoff and descent.

    Ventral camers could also aid in tracking ocean debris and as an aid to locating ships gone "off-radar" at sea.


    January 13, 2010 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  255. Robert de Wolf

    Dear Richard,

    One burning question: how do you manage ideas?

    I mean, after you have written them down in a notebook on the spot, what happens next?

    Looking forward to hearing from you,

    Robert de Wolf
    Rotterdam, The Netherlands

    January 13, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Reply
  256. Ursula Engelhardt-Volion

    Dear Sir Richard Branson,

    do you have an Idol.... and who is it ???

    Germany says HI.....

    January 13, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  257. Hans Rietveld

    Dear Sir Richard,

    Is it also possible for you to walk true London or New York and that nobody is seeing you or asking you for money, for help?

    I do realy think that it is difficult to meet real Friends who are not seeing your money but your warmth and your Heart for everyone!

    I would Love to invite you to the Netherlands.


    Hans Rietveld

    January 13, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Reply
  258. Tish Mutio

    Hi Sir Branson..Greetings from Kenya...I am a young kenyan working in the banking industry. I have been following the developements in your empire ever since the "rebel billionaire"...Am amazed by the vastness of virgin empire.. from ballon flights, motocycles, airlines, trains, books, bridal emporium, cars, cinemas, cosmetics, creditcards, drinks,gas and electricity, limousines, mega-retail stores, finance, Internet service provider and digital radio broadcasting..my question is, do you feel in control of the empire? Whats your motivation to be all over the place? Are you able to live anormal life? You go anywhere and everyone knows you are a billionaire and wants to a part of you..How do you handle women...sorry to say so but ..many of them will do anything to be at your side and share your fortune.
    And lastly, would you do..the rebel billionare..africa chapter? Cheers..

    January 13, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  259. Pier Paolo

    Dear Sir Branson, I would like to know why a prominent character in the world of music just like you has not considered to keep alive a legendary piece of Rock music as the Olimpyc Studios closed one year ago.
    The music is not just a matter of business as you know.
    Thank you.

    January 13, 2010 at 4:32 pm | Reply
  260. dallas mckenzie

    what does connect the world mean, and if we do connect the world then wont that mean that all the big major corporations like your own will reap all the benefits as you do business on a global scale....?
    after all this is a rat race everybody wants as much money as they can get, however not all of us will get to the multinational status, so what happens to those that dont...? slaves....?

    January 13, 2010 at 4:34 pm | Reply
  261. Ricardo Limpias


    When you were 20 years old, Did you ever thought that you'll become a successful man?

    January 13, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Reply
  262. Karrie Moen

    Greetings Richard,

    I have a plan for a great business. My business will support the alternative energy industry and help bring about America's energy independence. It is the missing link that we need to remedy to expedite alternative energy production in the US. It is forward minded that the business has potential to grow exponentially and become worldwide. My business is also steadfast enough that it would sustain itself no matter what the future of alternative energy holds. It is what America needs right now. In accordance with an announcement my T Boone Pickens yesterday, the time is now. I am excited, passionate about this. I want to do this. I want to lead now, to become an entrapreanure and to make a positive impact at the same time.

    However, I am nieve, and mostly uneducated. I have no idea where to start. How do I gather all the data I need to formulate a business plan?

    What all do I need aside from a plan to get started?

    I thank you so very much for your time and attention.

    Karrie Moen

    January 13, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  263. David Vickers

    Richard, I have long admired your guts and determination to achieve your various goals. We ought to be producing more of your type to pioneer innovation.

    I am industrialist, and I am hoping to "do" with industry via emission reduction over the next 5-years – what you have done in the services sector. we might even be able to help you reduce reduce your aircraft's weight by using special component technology.

    Any advice, gratefully received.

    January 13, 2010 at 4:50 pm | Reply
  264. siddharth

    Hello sir richard... i m ur die hard fan... u r my idol... i got to know from somewhere that u av bought playboy... is it true.. n if yes.. what r ur ideas to expand the hugh hefner's empire???

    January 13, 2010 at 4:59 pm | Reply
  265. Peter Schoenmakers

    When do you come to Holland to play golf with me?

    January 13, 2010 at 5:00 pm | Reply
  266. segun idowu

    You are an inspiration to many. Is it possible to hang out with you for a day just to observe how you work?. Thanks.

    January 13, 2010 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  267. Nigel Stoles

    Dear Mr Branson
    I know this may not be the right time or place but as you are a person who is looking to the future and I wondered if you would give me a little advice,
    I have an idea for a car/motorcycle any vehicle that once you buy it and put it on the road you will never have to refuel that vehicle again.
    this would end the requirement for fossil fuel for transportation and so masssively reduce the CO2 emissions.
    what should I do next as I do not have the funds to produce a prototype I have sent a couple of emails to car manufacturers but then stopped as i thought they may not be as keen on the idea as they should be, please help.

    many thanks

    Nigel Stoles

    January 13, 2010 at 5:12 pm | Reply
  268. MC Williamson

    Dear Sir Richard,

    Your family and children are more valuable that your companies and your most important legacy.

    How do your plan for the addition of appropriate spouses, the eventual succession planning in (family) management of the Virgin Group and personal wealth management after you are no longer with us?

    The growing tradition amongst the most wealthy in the US is to make lifetime gifts or future bequests of most of their wealth, as opposed to providing the majority of their estates for their heirs.

    The UK tradition is long-term trusts.

    Thank you for your remarks on this equiry.

    All the best in 2010.

    January 13, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Reply
  269. Mitre

    Dear Mr.Branson
    What do I need to become a pilot in Virgin Galactic? What are the requirements? Where to apply? I'm flying as instructor on A320 in leading airline and I'm 40yrs old. I have more than 11000hrs airline experience, I was an air force pilot too, glider pilot and I flown everything what can fly... My childhood wish was to go to the space and I'll be most happy person in the world if I can achieve that in Virgin Galactic. Betty Coserove knows me very well from Tunisia... Say hi to her if you see her 🙂
    Best Regards

    January 13, 2010 at 5:24 pm | Reply
  270. Arturo H

    Hey Richard!

    The potential of many people it's being wasted all the time, everywhere, as opportunities are not available because of many life circumstances. Not finding the right opportunities/contacts for growing a synergistic career and life. Circumstances so different such as being born on a 'disadvantaged environment' or the traditional head-hunting methods.

    Have you and the guys at Virgin though on that?

    That's about one of my favorite and more positive enterprise ideas ('Virgin Talents') between the 9 I've sent to your Corporate yesterday.

    Many thanks for the attention, and best wishes for all of us in this planet for 2010!


    January 13, 2010 at 5:27 pm | Reply
  271. Juan Bodniza

    Hi Mr Branson,

    My question to you is...

    What would you say is the most valuable lesson you have learned when it comes to creating a successful business?

    January 13, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Reply
  272. joanne

    hello, my hatian friend who lives in the u.s. is having a difficult time dealing with the recent earthquake in haiti. Is there a plane design or prototype that will allow transport into haiti by using the water for landing instead of ground airstrip?

    January 13, 2010 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  273. Birungi Ives

    My name is Birungi Ives, daughter to Ugandan Refugees fleeing Idi Amin, mother of one son, wife to a husband that has just recently lost his job and our only income and a woman who has recently lost her family's home due to tough economic times. Despite all of this, I remain focused on helping my family and helping the world. I am founder and president of the multi media enterprise, Global Echo, that chooses to focus on positive and progressive development on a global environmental and economic scale by informing the public via a television show and an online magazine of ways to live a environmentally friendly lifestyle that supports that economic development of our global community with the creation and support of sustainable jobs around the world. I am at the very beginning of this enterprise. I crashed the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, despite my fears, and met very influential people. I am currently seeking support of the Obama Administration through my contact Mona Sutphen, Deputy White House Chief of Staff (a fellow Mount Holyoke College alum). I have worked diligently to network, write a powerful and concise business plan, establish a Board of Advisors and take consistent risk to put myself out there! I even had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Van Jones for two hours in Washington DC last November, after meeting him at the CGI meeting. My major obstacle now, with all the legwork I have done and detailed in my business plan is FUNDING. I want the funds to make this enterprise a success. How do I go about getting the major funding needed to make this enterprise a success?

    January 13, 2010 at 5:34 pm | Reply
  274. Piotr J.

    Hello Mr. Branson,

    I've been enamored by your career, reading "Losing My Virginity" and "Business The Richard Branson Way". Even wrote a post about it – http://bit.ly/8ZIf8h.

    My question to you is this – with all the glitz, glamour and glare surrounding all aspects of your life, what do you do to get away for yourself? Is Necker Island THE escape, and what do you love doing their most when you're not running a million miles a second.



    January 13, 2010 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  275. antoinette

    When was the turning point? When did you realize that you had made enough money that anything else was going to be (ad)venture and was a risk taken as a calculated gamble. You have taken risks because you felt secure with what you had already attained. When we start out and then start making money we realize we have a lot to lose – but is there a point when you feel secure enough to take the gambles others wouldn't try because you have the security of knowing you have made it and have cash reserves if a venture fails?

    January 13, 2010 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  276. Elizabeth Cepecawer

    Hello Sir. Richard Branson,
    You are truly an fantastic role model and an inspiration for all man kind. Now that you have made Virgin Galactic what is next on your agenda? I work as a director for Biosphere Labs Inc. We make Cancer Medicine. What advice can you give for our company?
    Elizabeth Cepecawer

    January 13, 2010 at 6:10 pm | Reply
  277. Gaven

    Sir R.B
    I have a couple of questions.
    When Airbus finally deliver your A380's will they be used mainly from Heathrow or are you planning to use them from Gatwick?
    What will you do with the seating? All economy, or are you still planning on casinos,showers etc.

    Keep up the good work & many thanks for your continued excellent services!!


    January 13, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Reply
  278. Christian Nygaard

    Hi Richard!

    I wonder if the air industry has been overly blamed for global warming based only Co2 emissions alone. The vapour trail left behind an airplane should dim the sun light hitting the earth ground, thus to factor in the correct cost. Both co2 warming and airplane sun vapour dimming should be taken into account. What is your view on on that?

    Kind regards,

    January 13, 2010 at 6:53 pm | Reply
  279. Richard Blackham

    When are you going to do something about the abysmal customer services at Virgin Media for the provision of broadband?
    Not oinly can you not deliver because your guys have to drill holes and they don't come equipped to do so but they project dates forward a month or so and then cancel on the grounds of inclement weather (and that was before the snows came).
    When notified that this service left room for improvement, they didn't even bother to respond.
    Amazing! Shame you and your management have lost control of the services to the little guy and that you only concentrate on the glamorous projects now.
    A disgruntled customer and 'long time ago' former employee (i970's).

    January 13, 2010 at 6:54 pm | Reply
  280. Jen Leex

    As we now see the end of oil in sight, and no replacement for it, which means the end of air travel and world food shortage. Do you not think it is about time we started thinking about basic servival as the main driving force and not profit.?

    January 13, 2010 at 6:58 pm | Reply
  281. Apoorva Bhalla

    Mr. Branson,
    Do you ever just sit down in your study and take a moment of peace and think I did good?
    I was also wondering how can I volunteer hands on with 'Raising the Roof"? (It says nothing on the website.

    You're an inspiration.

    January 13, 2010 at 7:05 pm | Reply
  282. Richard V.

    Hi Richard,

    What result do you expect of Virgin Racing, and how will it contribute in the customer experience?

    And as a cycling fan, why don't start a pro cycling team? It's a global sport close to the people. Good exposure for Virgin (active in so many countries like the cycling races).

    Richard V.

    January 13, 2010 at 7:07 pm | Reply
  283. Teresa Sobenko

    Dear Mr Branson:

    My name is Teresa, I am a TV journalist. We met some time ago at the White House Correspondent Dinner.

    I am initiating a project 'THE INTERNATIONAL FRONT FOR PREVENTIVE WINGS IN THE MILITARY'. I presented it at The Global Creative Leadreship Summit 2009 in New York, to the host, Ms.Louise Blouin.We talked for 30 min. She is very supportive, in her opinion it is the method that can work, surprisingly well, for the global security- so indispesable for any, hers, also your, business activities (and she talks to many world leaders on the issue).

    Would you be willing to communicate with me, and if you find out that the method is right , to join me and Ms.Blouin with your support to have it implemented? It could be the topic for the GCLS 2010.

    A little note for you:

    There are solutions proven to work, and nobody uses them, because they are NEW. Or, one former President of one of the countries in Africa implemented the method with proven positive results, BEYOND QUESTION. There is a ready method out there for other countries to follow, including the USA. If, in a group, we present it to the President who accepted the Nobel Prize in advance – he has a moral obligation to get acquainted with the method. I am absolutely positive, if he personally knew about it, talked personally to the country leader who implemented it – IT WOULD HAVE BEEN IN PROGRESS ALREADY.
    The Bush administration rejected the petitions from the scientists regularly, which were filed also at the time we met at the WHC Dinner, this one seems to follow the unfortunate pattern.

    With very Best Wishes
    of a Great New Year 2010

    Teresa Sobenko
    TV journalist

    January 13, 2010 at 7:19 pm | Reply
  284. Christopher S. Dolliver

    Hey Richard,

    Hope that all is well with you and your family.

    I know that your always busy and/or active but could you please take a few minutes to either answer my posts on Twitter, to email me or just call me?

    I'm 100% certain that you know both whom I am and what it's about – so please don't put it off any longer.

    FYI: On your last visit to me you said :
    "It's yours you know. All you have to do is to ask!"

    Well, "I'm now asking!"

    (Feel free to comment or to make an announcement on CNN if you wish.)

    We need to talk more about this; as well as a certain non-meeting that should be under serious consideration for rescheduling.

    I await your quick response.

    January 13, 2010 at 7:25 pm | Reply
  285. Nataly

    Mr. Branson!

    If you take the trouble to answer my question: do you know about the tradition of Russian cosmonauts and space tourists on the eve of launch rockets to watch the same film "White Sun of the Desert" and the whole crew to sing a song from this movie? Do you have something similar in person before the next adventure, and for space tourists your company? Thank you.


    January 13, 2010 at 7:26 pm | Reply
  286. Luigi

    Hello Sir Branson,

    When Virgin America was started, cities like Pittsburgh and San Diego were mentioned as flight locations. However, all expansion talk stopped about 2 to 3 years ago. Has Virgin America given up on expanding to other cities due to the economic environment of today's world? I would love to travel with your airline but with the limited number of cities VA travels to in the US, its almost impossible to find a decent flight

    January 13, 2010 at 7:29 pm | Reply
  287. taki

    Dear Richard,

    I remember that my first travel was going on a trip to UK by Virgin Air.
    I impressed something different ....after traveled around countries compare to use another airlines.
    I read a book your history, imprinted my brain and become fun of you.

    keep on and on entertain for us.

    As you know Sohichiro Honda is Honda mortors founder. His purpose was to join , to win F1GP. finally he realized his dream.
    in order to pursue the fastest' . I cross over Sir Richard and Mr. Honda . Mr.Honda is graduated elementary school ,after started his business , pursued his dream. he didn't like wear formal suits.
    Mr.Honda has a partner ' Fujisawa', cope with him .

    Innovation makes another passion, personalize decided has limitation I think. As for you , who's most influenced person
    in your life, what message gave you ?

    Yours respectfully,


    January 13, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Reply
  288. Theo Gianniukos

    What do you do when the wind stops blowing in your sails?

    January 13, 2010 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  289. Robert Feeney

    I'm an Executive Producer for a celebrity/Corporate Pioneer interview show in the U.S. called ICONS. I've been pushing my luck about trying to have you on as a guest but to be honest, exhausted many channels and failed. In short, you're the most challenging to secure interviews with to date!

    I'm curious to ask what I can do to secure an interview? In fact, so determined, I'll donate $1000 (US) to any charity of your choice for 30 minutes. The inspiration came from a study I did on you in my Master's program in Organizational Psychology.

    Thank you for reading this. Best-

    January 13, 2010 at 8:47 pm | Reply
  290. Hamid Omar

    Hello Mr Branson my name is hamid and i was wondering seen as this is the only way to contact you is if i could have a meeting with you my email is hamidomar@hotmail.co.uk

    January 13, 2010 at 9:13 pm | Reply
  291. Hamid Omar

    Hi again, the reason i would like to have a meeting with you is to ask you for a job please reply to my email

    January 13, 2010 at 9:16 pm | Reply
  292. Jack Bender

    ••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••••SIR BRANSON,
    Remember the old TV show from the 60's called the MILLIONAIRE. Every week this billionaire would give someone a million dollars and change their life. Sounds like this might be something for you to consider.
    HOW ABOUT LOANING ME A MILLION DOLLARS SO I CAN GET MY LIFE BACK ON TRACK. Then I will be able to help others in need.

    January 13, 2010 at 9:54 pm | Reply
  293. Aristotle

    Great and Inspiring plentfully. Keep going. Thanks for the opportunity. When are you to venture to Africa? Any plans?

    January 13, 2010 at 10:11 pm | Reply
  294. Mzi

    Good day Sir Richard Branson,

    In your twenties – did you have a life plan or did you just go with the flow and believe?

    Thank You

    January 13, 2010 at 10:15 pm | Reply
  295. Professor Eleanor Earl

    Would you consider being a guest speaker at Hampton University in Hampton, Virginia? It is a historically black college and university(HBCU) that boasts celebrated scholars, cutting-edge research, and amazing students. We would love to have you visit our "Home by the Sea " to inspire our students, faculty, and staff.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:10 am | Reply
  296. Charles

    Looking to receive a 5 year loan for a project/plan. Needing someone to help, thought you might be open to another company project.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:36 am | Reply
  297. Wendy Anderson

    Greetings Richard,

    Virgin has definitely aced exploring the heights of space via Virgin Galactic. My question to you is what is Virgin's plan / vision in exploring the depths of the ocean in the very near future? I am super interested and would love your feedback / insight.

    Cheers In Advance Richard. ( :

    One World Forever,

    Wendy Anderson
    Whaleshark Marketing, Inc.
    Venice CA

    January 14, 2010 at 5:01 am | Reply
  298. John Blevins

    Native New Mexican born Roswell 1958, Thanks for putting us back in Space, when is the first launch date? Love my phone by the way.

    January 14, 2010 at 5:41 am | Reply
  299. Debbie Soares

    My question is what are you and Virgin gonna do for Haiti and WHEN?? Please help them, and I volunteer to take part to assist. Thank you.

    January 14, 2010 at 6:43 am | Reply
  300. Eric

    Sir Branson,

    Can I borrow some $$$?


    January 14, 2010 at 7:20 am | Reply
  301. Trevor Chapman

    Richard, when can we do lunch?! Seriously. You name the place and time and I'll be there!

    January 14, 2010 at 7:33 am | Reply
  302. Annie-Body

    Thursday January 14, 2010

    Mr. Branson

    re: HAITI, PLEASE PLEASE have VIRGIN MOBILE do a TEXT to HELP DONATION Program........NOW....!!!!

    There is a mobile service in my area that is stating to text a word to a number and a certain amount will be sent to the Victims in Haiti and the Red Cross

    My question: IS Virgin Mobile going to do the same thing soon?

    I have been a Virgin Mobile customer for many years and would LOVE it if YOU would set something up for ALL VIRGIN MOBILE CUSTOMERS in the WORLD:):):)

    I am in CANADA........:):)........would love love love to help them out:):)

    Please please I think you should set this up TODAY:)


    Annie-Body in CANADA:)

    January 14, 2010 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  303. Sean nelson

    Hi mr Branson i am getting in touch with severel business persons as I want to try and raise £1.9 million to free Paul and Rachel Chandler a British couple kidnapped by Somali pirates. Thank you for your time sean nelson

    January 14, 2010 at 4:43 pm | Reply
  304. stéphane

    Dear Richard

    Best wishes for 2010. Once a day in a TV documentary on your personality I heart you telling that if someone of your employees met some professional trouble, this person could write an email and get a reply for each request.

    I would like being one of your employees as I appreciate your business ideas capacities and entrepreneur profile.

    I’m like you at your beginning I mean “Virgin in Business” as I have been working as an employee for 25 years including 18 as an executive firstly in Industry and the 10 last years in IT project management in relation with the industrial processes optimisation.

    I’d like 2010 is a new start for me. I saw on your virgin mobile site your involvement for environment launched in your corporate site of Toronto such as your “Turn Around Couriers” to help young unemployed people to access to professional life. I think it could be a marvellous idea to be developed here in France.

    It’s just a question of will of the public administrations and private organisations to help and to settle such a humanism idea.

    I think the most beautiful utopia is that there is enough space for everybody to live together sharing and having a great respect of the life as we are all interdependent.

    Would you help me to develop your concept through the image of your brand?

    Any suggestions?

    Please let me know your positive answer quickly.

    Kind regards

    January 14, 2010 at 4:58 pm | Reply
  305. stew-uk

    Hello 🙂

    I thought you may like this it was something I did for NASA,
    seeing as you are into Space Travel.


    Take care

    January 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm | Reply
  306. Nickolas Vakaris

    Richard, here's a challenging question from Greece.

    How come the Virgin group hasn't established itself
    in the Greek market yet? Even the once great Virgin Megastores are nowhere to be found here today.
    As a global businessman and icon will you dare in the near future to take on the Greek market with some new product and offer the Virgin experience to Greek customers or you will shy away from it entirely?


    Nick Vakaris

    January 14, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Reply
  307. Pastor Regina Uduagbomen

    Hi Steve I watched you on CNN yesterday thanks very much for the assistance rendered to the victim of the recent earthquake in Haiti providing airplane to take relief materials May God Continue to increase you in WISDOM AND UNDERSTANDING this Year 2010

    January 15, 2010 at 6:46 am | Reply
  308. Antonio Edmonds

    Amongst the few Celebrities I admire, you are my number one Guy. Blessed

    January 15, 2010 at 11:46 am | Reply
  309. Paul McManus

    Sir Richard Branson,

    Could you provide an update on you views on climate change post-COP15 and on initiatives from the the Carbon War Room?

    Paul McManus

    January 15, 2010 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  310. Michael

    can you pleas ask Sir Richard if he would consider breaking the world record for freefall skydiving. If so Please have Him Contact my email.
    we should go for 130,000 feet. it has not been broken in forty years.

    January 17, 2010 at 6:09 pm | Reply
  311. cecilia bessem

    Dear Richard,

    Amongst all your ventures and dreams, is there any hope for a virgin orphanage, that will be able to reach all other orphanages in other part of the world? This is because I have been dreaming for so many years and hoping that one I will give back to an orphanage of mine. I will be glad to hear from you. I do admire your strength in all what you are doing.

    January 19, 2010 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  312. michael angelo

    Dear Sir,
    I have taken all the required assessment tests and submitted my resume for consideration and have yet to hear a response. What could I have done different so that I could land a position with Virgin Flight Team?

    January 20, 2010 at 12:16 am | Reply
  313. Paul Winter

    Richard, sorry to email you through this address as I couldn't find one for Media .

    Trying to arrange connection of broadband to our premises but despite many promises to do so finally got a letter advising its not possible as I quote " they way the street has been built its not possible " ....

    This I find odd as every other service has been run without issue ?

    Acct NBR 8276654-01

    Can you get back to me to see what can be done as my business depends on it please as we are an educational establishment


    Paul Winter
    Symphony assessment and training
    Unit 19b Sandy Way
    Amington Ind Est
    B77 4DU
    01827 311414

    January 20, 2010 at 10:50 am | Reply
  314. Harold Philbin

    david carnduff
    Keep on with your ideas, they make good sense, try going along the path of a small windmill to charge a twelve volt battery and use fluorescent tubes, the caravan type; the result can be very good, nd the tubes last longer than the bulbs you get today.

    In times of power cuts you can just connect to your car, most of the time you can light your home at no cost at all and the new wiring can be very fine and almost invisible.

    January 21, 2010 at 8:13 pm | Reply
  315. Mark Mansfield

    Hi Richard,

    How will go about selecting cabin crew for the Galactic flights ?
    I am a UK citizen living in Florida with a green card, I am fit healthy and have great customer service skills. I am looking for a real adventure in life and I cant think of anything more thrilling than space travel.


    January 22, 2010 at 5:35 pm | Reply
  316. Syngyne Smythe

    Dear Sir R:

    We are interested to see you pick up SAAB or CANDU as special turnaround operations. Please help finance our shopping center construction dreams too! And our orphanage arts business school. And our Hinton redevelopment. And our white avenue redevelopment.
    And our other ones too! oh, and don't forget Gaiti, Gawaii and Ganada

    January 23, 2010 at 4:03 am | Reply
  317. Victoria Roberts

    Dear Mr. Branson

    I became infuriated with your Virgin Trains booking system today and wondered if it could be re thought threw and changed?

    Unfortunately my business recently went under due to my business partner’s gambling habit and I was forced to go bankrupt, hence I have no credit / debit card in my name. Therefore, I am using my partner’s card to purchase my ticket for me.

    When dealing with your customer service staff today, they were extremely unhelpful to my plight and more or less told me, given my circumstances, if my partner cannot go with me to pick up the tickets and I don’t have my ticket delivered; then so be it, I cannot travel!

    Not all people are privileged to have their own credit / debit cards and I would like to know why you cannot have a system were by the ticket can be emailed to the customer, instead of using the self service machines, where the credit card used to book the tickets, must be present? I am sure a secure transaction can still be made.

    If the coach was not a 6 hour journey I most certainly would have used that method of transport. It is a third of the price and the ticket is emailed to the customer. I am sure you are losing business across the board with your booking system and expensive ticket postage.

    This has caused me a great deal of inconvenience and stress, along with the financial strain of the already expensive ticket and extra funding required (£7.50 to send me my ticket in 1st class post – outrages!!!).

    If a family member was not seriously ill I would not travel.

    Can you reconsider you booking system for those whom are not privileged to have their own credit card?

    Thank you


    January 27, 2010 at 4:17 pm | Reply
  318. ARTIC-1-Canada

    Mr Branson
    I herd you might come to Vancouver 2010,if so then i would like to invite you for a day on the slopes you will never forget,the next level of snow sports-the Articulater™

    February 1, 2010 at 2:54 am | Reply
  319. Randy Lee Dube, ASCE

    Hi, Richard;

    How would you like to get in on the ground floor of a new multi-beneficial innovation in building and structure frame reinforcing methods that will take the entire planet into the 21st century?

    Continuous Structural Frame Reinforcing has graduated from concept to reality with the recent developments of Structural Strap-Nets and Extensions, the first affordable and installation friendly Continuous Frame Reinforcing Method!!

    3-in-1 structural performance Structural Strap-Nets and Extensions change structural frame multi-component and gapped frame reinforcing into a single continuously connected reinforcing component that encompasses the entire structural frame with fewer frame-anchoraging points and fastenings. Less designing and assembling intense, Continuous Structural reinforcing adds a combined Moment, Damping (shock absorbing), and Post-Tensioning Frame-Reinforcing Component that adds strength, stress-reductions, and separation resistance to the structure frames, without the added costs!!

    Information website: http://www.tor-eggs-torclosed-nets.org

    These new methods of structural reinforcing install with any and all structural frames, including planes, watercraft, cars, spacecraft, engine housings, buildings, storage containers, levees, bridges, and many additional structural bodied goods!!

    God Bless;

    Randy Lee Dube, Innovator

    February 2, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Reply
  320. Patricia J Christiansen

    Hello Sir Richard,
    I flew with VirginA to Australia on Oct, 24 2009 & returned to the US on Dec, 5th 2009.
    Booking code VAZ0725F.

    Your company changed my outgoing flight to a Delta Flight & while in Australia, I changed my return flight & paid the extra $800+ to do so.
    I joined the Flying Club when I purchased my ticket in September, but rec'd no FF card.
    I asked the gal at check-in to allocate my FF miles – but she said that she couldn't.

    On my return, I applied to do so & now Flying Club is asking me for my Boarding Passes. Who saves Boarding Passes?
    Moreover why would I need to prove that I flew – I changed my return flight while in Australia – I wouldn't be paying an extra $800, to stay there?
    In 20+ years of flying – I've never been asked for my Boarding Pass, after the initial check – other than if there is a seat check.
    It seems a little odd that a company which sells carbon credits & considers it's technologically advanced & progressive – cannot simply work in much the same way that other airlines do, or is there a method in the madness?
    Sending Boarding Passes etc, by snail mail is counter productive IMO.
    I might add that I sent the original E-Tix too – but they have asked me again for the originals. I have copies on file & wrote on those copies that I sent the originals.
    I realize that FF points are probably not important to your company – but they are to your customers. If your company is offering them – then why not do make it work more efficiently?
    Why not simply look it up in the computer, save a few trees & save the fuel used, to transport those letters to the Flying Club.

    I hope you can help me claim my miles, otherwise I'll have to fly with a company which has a more efficient system.

    While on the subject of travel – instead of some of the space & undersea travel you are planning to offer – why not build some Express Trains in the US?
    As our pouplation grows & fuel supplies dwindle – it will become more popular.

    I appreciate your help.

    Thank you


    February 3, 2010 at 12:46 pm | Reply
  321. Mark Lawes

    Sir Richard

    2 questions please, 1) Has your space program uncovered any reason to beleive that there are Extra Terrestrials visiting our planet? 2) Are you Richard Branson the man to take us to the Moon "Mankinds first great step to the stars"

    Thank you for the very good work you have done for this planet 🙂


    February 3, 2010 at 8:01 pm | Reply
  322. Eileen Wazny

    February 8, 2010
    Dear Sir Richard,

    2010 ALERT

    RURAL AREAS (20 minutes outside of city limits) "REMOTE AREAS" are unable to get high speed internet. Sure we can get wireless at a speed of a little better than dial-up on good days but we also PAY FOUR TIMES MORE for this service. Whereas our neighbours in the city have had high speed internet for many years, here we are still sending smoke signals. I had to get in my car and drive to town, to the library,so that I could get this message to you. The E-mail address is my son's, he lives in an area that has high speed.
    My address is P.O. Box 15, Anola, Manitoba Canada R0E 0A0

    Sincerely yours,
    Eileen Wazny

    February 8, 2010 at 10:01 pm | Reply
  323. Maria Lavis

    Hello Richard,

    Thank-you for this opportunity. Here's my question and challenge. (Well more like 3.)

    1. Yourself and many other celeb/CEOs/public figures do much for charity and the environment, but it seems that they are often separate initiatives, and I cannot help but to think you'd be more effective if you pooled your resources.

    If you could find a way to connect for instance, all the climate organizations, all the end hunger organizations, all the education/safety for all children organizations, and prioritize and strategize a coordinated way to solve some of these issues? That would be priceless.

    2. In addition, one thing that concerns me (I have a background in climatology and work for a climate oriented company called Offsetters) is the destruction of the rainforest. If, in particular, you could find a way to not just improve tropical forestry, but make strides in conserving centers of endemism in the tropics, that again would be priceless.

    Background: For the last hundreds of thousands of years, there are certain areas in the tropics (which can and have been mapped) which have remained as tropical jungle in spite of jungles waxing and waning over geological time. These are the places on Earth that (beside ocean) have been stable the longest and have the highest levels of species diversity as a result. Yet many remain unprotected.

    3. Oceanic health: acidification, pollution and overfishing. This is such a massive problem.... Suffice it to say that it is the kind of thing that makes biogeochemists get ill to their stomach at ocean conferences. The oceans are the source of life on Earth. They have been more stable than any other ecosystem for billions of years. They are not something to mess with. Oxygen for instance, is derived from photosynthetic creatures, such as oceanic phytoplankton. Perhaps 1/3 of all photosynthesis is by oceanic phytoplankton. Without these organisms regulating our global systems our planetary health would rapidly deteriorate.

    Aquaculture may provide some solutions to problems of overfishing, but also many challenges. The oceans, as well as tropical jungles are soooo important to the global health of the Earth, that it is vital that we do not mess with these systems. If we kill of phytoplankton in the ocean for instance, we may be killing of 1/3 of the lung (oxygen production) capactiy of the Earth. This is nothing to take lightly, and it takes giants like yourself to help push things forward to change the anthropogenic causes of stresses that are mounting in these systems. I hope you can help coordinate efforts to return balance to ocean systems.

    Thank-you for your consideration. I would love to expand more if you want more information. You have my email and my company.

    February 11, 2010 at 1:18 am | Reply
  324. Vinoth

    Hi Branson

    Ur very presence floors me and inspires , how do we have a meeting with you.



    February 16, 2010 at 8:26 am | Reply
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