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Richard Branson

Richard Branson serves as AirAsia stewardess after losing bet

His star turn on the flight from Australia’s Perth to the Malaysian capital Kuala Lumpur came after he lost a Grand Prix bet with the Malaysian budget carrier’s founder.

Sunday, 12 May, 2013, 6:03pm 1 comment

Talking points

Nation remembers the Sichuan earthquake

11 May 2013 - 2:35am

Briefs, December 21, 2012

The Philippine government and communist rebels have extended a truce to help restart peace talks. The New People's Army has been ordered to stop attacks on military and police forces. The ceasefire agreement was reached after a meeting of negotiators in Holland, where rebel leaders live in exile. 

21 Dec 2012 - 3:28am

Branson to be AirAsia stewardess after losing GP bet

British billionaire Richard Branson will finally wear a red skirt and serve as a stewardess on Malaysian budget carrier AirAsia in May after losing a Grand Prix bet with the founder of the airline.

20 Dec 2012 - 1:27pm

Singapore Airlines in talks to sell stake in Virgin Atlantic

Singapore Airlines says it is in talks to sell its 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic after people familiar with the matter said Delta Air Lines was discussing buying shares.

4 Dec 2012 - 3:10am

Makepeace Island

Where is it? You'd think an exotic island owned by a flamboyant billionaire would be hidden somewhere in the middle of an ocean. Not so for Richard Branson's latest home. Makepeace Island is a 10-minute speedboat ride along the Noosa River or a 90-minute drive from Brisbane's international airport, in the Australian state of Queensland.

8 Apr 2012 - 12:00am

In print, charisma fails to take off

Richard Branson is the most shameless name-dropper I've come across in the history of this column (and this writer has come across a fair number of this type, business gurus being the way they are).

28 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

When the sky is no longer the limit

On July 21, the space shuttle Atlantis touched down at the Kennedy Space Centre in Cape Canaveral, Florida, for the last time. After 30 years, 135 missions and countless billions of dollars spent, the space shuttle programme was finally retired.

26 Aug 2011 - 12:00am

Six degrees

British billionaire Richard Branson's first world record was set 25 years ago this week. In 1986, he and his 72-foot powerboat Virgin Atlantic Challenger took two hours off the time set by the SS United States in 1952 to cross the Atlantic Ocean. Branson (below) had sunk a year earlier attempting the feat.

26 Jun 2011 - 12:00am

Jimmy Lai goes down the Richard Branson route with tongue-in-cheek commercial

Love him or hate him, Jimmy Lai Chee-ying has a sense of humour. His flagship publications, Apple Daily and Next Magazine, have upset just about every group and sector in Hong Kong and Taiwan over the years.

So in a new web commercial, he takes a starring role - being chased by what appears to be an angry mob.

16 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

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