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Adventures of Richard Branson

<p>Richard Branson shrugs his shoulders in the water after a second unsuccessful attempt to cross the English Channel on a kitesurf board, in Dungeness in south east England August 25, 2010. Branson abandoned his second attempt to kitesurf the English Channel after a lack of wind. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>

Richard Branson shrugs his shoulders in the water after a second unsuccessful attempt to cross the English Channel on a kitesurf board, in Dungeness in south east England August 25, 2010. Branson abandoned his second attempt to kitesurf the English...more

Richard Branson shrugs his shoulders in the water after a second unsuccessful attempt to cross the English Channel on a kitesurf board, in Dungeness in south east England August 25, 2010. Branson abandoned his second attempt to kitesurf the English Channel after a lack of wind. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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<p>Richard Branson kitesurfs to test conditions in the English Channel at Dungeness, in south east England August 24, 2010.   REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>

Richard Branson kitesurfs to test conditions in the English Channel at Dungeness, in south east England August 24, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

Richard Branson kitesurfs to test conditions in the English Channel at Dungeness, in south east England August 24, 2010. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor

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<p>Richard Branson looks out the window of Virgin Mother Ship Eve, White Knight Two at rainy weather during training to fly the Virgin Mother Ship at Wittman Field, site of the Experimental Aircraft Association Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin July 27, 2009.   REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson</p>

Richard Branson looks out the window of Virgin Mother Ship Eve, White Knight Two at rainy weather during training to fly the Virgin Mother Ship at Wittman Field, site of the Experimental Aircraft Association Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin July 27,...more

Richard Branson looks out the window of Virgin Mother Ship Eve, White Knight Two at rainy weather during training to fly the Virgin Mother Ship at Wittman Field, site of the Experimental Aircraft Association Convention in Oshkosh, Wisconsin July 27, 2009. REUTERS/Allen Fredrickson

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<p>Virgin Chairman Sir Richard Branson (L) shares a laugh with Virgin Blue Public Relation Manager Amanda Bolger during a ceremony to mark the delivery of the first Boeing 777-300ER for his new airline V Australia, in Seattle, Washington, February 6, 2009. REUTERS/Marcus Donner</p>

Virgin Chairman Sir Richard Branson (L) shares a laugh with Virgin Blue Public Relation Manager Amanda Bolger during a ceremony to mark the delivery of the first Boeing 777-300ER for his new airline V Australia, in Seattle, Washington, February 6,...more

Virgin Chairman Sir Richard Branson (L) shares a laugh with Virgin Blue Public Relation Manager Amanda Bolger during a ceremony to mark the delivery of the first Boeing 777-300ER for his new airline V Australia, in Seattle, Washington, February 6, 2009. REUTERS/Marcus Donner

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<p>Richard Branson carries a cheerleader during a ceremony to mark the delivery of the first Boeing 777-300ER for his new airline V Australia, in Seattle, Washington, February 6, 2009. REUTERS/Marcus R. Donner</p>

Richard Branson carries a cheerleader during a ceremony to mark the delivery of the first Boeing 777-300ER for his new airline V Australia, in Seattle, Washington, February 6, 2009. REUTERS/Marcus R. Donner

Richard Branson carries a cheerleader during a ceremony to mark the delivery of the first Boeing 777-300ER for his new airline V Australia, in Seattle, Washington, February 6, 2009. REUTERS/Marcus R. Donner

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<p>Richard Branson (2nd L) is wearing a sling to represent an injury during a visit to a simulated refugee camp near the Congress Centre, venue of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 30, 2009.    REUTERS/Denis Balibouse</p>

Richard Branson (2nd L) is wearing a sling to represent an injury during a visit to a simulated refugee camp near the Congress Centre, venue of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 30, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Richard Branson (2nd L) is wearing a sling to represent an injury during a visit to a simulated refugee camp near the Congress Centre, venue of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 30, 2009. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

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<p>Richard Branson sails on the boat "Virgin Money," as it goes out for a sea trial in New York harbor near the Statue of Liberty, before attempting to break the trans atlantic mono-hull sailing record, September 4, 2008.  REUTERS/Chip East</p>

Richard Branson sails on the boat "Virgin Money," as it goes out for a sea trial in New York harbor near the Statue of Liberty, before attempting to break the trans atlantic mono-hull sailing record, September 4, 2008. REUTERS/Chip East

Richard Branson sails on the boat "Virgin Money," as it goes out for a sea trial in New York harbor near the Statue of Liberty, before attempting to break the trans atlantic mono-hull sailing record, September 4, 2008. REUTERS/Chip East

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<p>Richard Branson's boat "Virgin Money" sails in the ocean after departing New York, in an attempt to break the transatlantic mono-hull sailing record, October 22, 2008.    REUTERS/Chip East </p>

Richard Branson's boat "Virgin Money" sails in the ocean after departing New York, in an attempt to break the transatlantic mono-hull sailing record, October 22, 2008. REUTERS/Chip East

Richard Branson's boat "Virgin Money" sails in the ocean after departing New York, in an attempt to break the transatlantic mono-hull sailing record, October 22, 2008. REUTERS/Chip East

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<p>Richard Branson uncorks a bottle of champagne as he christens Virgin Galactic's mothership WhiteKnightTwo, Eve, in honor of his mother Eve Branson (L) during its public roll-out in Mojave, California July 28, 2008.   REUTERS/Fred Prouser</p>

Richard Branson uncorks a bottle of champagne as he christens Virgin Galactic's mothership WhiteKnightTwo, Eve, in honor of his mother Eve Branson (L) during its public roll-out in Mojave, California July 28, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

Richard Branson uncorks a bottle of champagne as he christens Virgin Galactic's mothership WhiteKnightTwo, Eve, in honor of his mother Eve Branson (L) during its public roll-out in Mojave, California July 28, 2008. REUTERS/Fred Prouser

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<p>Richard Branson (L) and Jaideep Vohra, managing director of Sarova hotels, tour the Maasai Mara game reserve, south of Kenya's capital Nairobi, May 17. 2008.   REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya</p>

Richard Branson (L) and Jaideep Vohra, managing director of Sarova hotels, tour the Maasai Mara game reserve, south of Kenya's capital Nairobi, May 17. 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Richard Branson (L) and Jaideep Vohra, managing director of Sarova hotels, tour the Maasai Mara game reserve, south of Kenya's capital Nairobi, May 17. 2008. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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<p>Richard Branson dangles on a rope to unveil the Virgin Mobile logo in Mumbai March 2, 2008.   REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe</p>

Richard Branson dangles on a rope to unveil the Virgin Mobile logo in Mumbai March 2, 2008. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe

Richard Branson dangles on a rope to unveil the Virgin Mobile logo in Mumbai March 2, 2008. REUTERS/Punit Paranjpe

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<p>Richard Branson is escorted on a horse as he arrives at the Virgin Unite's "Rock The Kasbah" benefit reception in Hollywood, California July 2, 2007.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

Richard Branson is escorted on a horse as he arrives at the Virgin Unite's "Rock The Kasbah" benefit reception in Hollywood, California July 2, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Richard Branson is escorted on a horse as he arrives at the Virgin Unite's "Rock The Kasbah" benefit reception in Hollywood, California July 2, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>Richard Branson (L), founder of the Virgin Group of Companies, is presented with head gear during a ceremony where he was installed as a Maasai elder in the Maasai Mara national park, 260 km (162 miles) southwest of Nairobi, June 3, 2007. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya</p>

Richard Branson (L), founder of the Virgin Group of Companies, is presented with head gear during a ceremony where he was installed as a Maasai elder in the Maasai Mara national park, 260 km (162 miles) southwest of Nairobi, June 3, 2007....more

Richard Branson (L), founder of the Virgin Group of Companies, is presented with head gear during a ceremony where he was installed as a Maasai elder in the Maasai Mara national park, 260 km (162 miles) southwest of Nairobi, June 3, 2007. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

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<p>Richard Branson lifts Jewel at the Virgin Unite's "Rock The Kasbah" benefit reception in Hollywood, California July 2, 2007.   REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni</p>

Richard Branson lifts Jewel at the Virgin Unite's "Rock The Kasbah" benefit reception in Hollywood, California July 2, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

Richard Branson lifts Jewel at the Virgin Unite's "Rock The Kasbah" benefit reception in Hollywood, California July 2, 2007. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni

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<p>Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Group and founder of Virgin Mobile Canada breaks out of a jail cell suspended by a crane to introduce wireless freedom, the right for customers to take mobile phone numbers with them to the carrier of their choice, in Toronto, March 13, 2007.   REUTERS/Mike Cassese </p>

Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Group and founder of Virgin Mobile Canada breaks out of a jail cell suspended by a crane to introduce wireless freedom, the right for customers to take mobile phone numbers with them to the carrier of their choice,...more

Richard Branson, chairman of Virgin Group and founder of Virgin Mobile Canada breaks out of a jail cell suspended by a crane to introduce wireless freedom, the right for customers to take mobile phone numbers with them to the carrier of their choice, in Toronto, March 13, 2007. REUTERS/Mike Cassese

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<p>Richard Branson hangs out of a helicopter during a stunt before a news conference announcing the Canadian launch of a 2-day music festival in Toronto, fashioned after Virgin's festivals in England, June 30, 2006. REUTERS/Hans Deryk</p>

Richard Branson hangs out of a helicopter during a stunt before a news conference announcing the Canadian launch of a 2-day music festival in Toronto, fashioned after Virgin's festivals in England, June 30, 2006. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

Richard Branson hangs out of a helicopter during a stunt before a news conference announcing the Canadian launch of a 2-day music festival in Toronto, fashioned after Virgin's festivals in England, June 30, 2006. REUTERS/Hans Deryk

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<p>Richard Branson kite surfs near Squamish, British Columbia August 8, 2005.    REUTERS/Kim Stallknecht</p>

Richard Branson kite surfs near Squamish, British Columbia August 8, 2005. REUTERS/Kim Stallknecht

Richard Branson kite surfs near Squamish, British Columbia August 8, 2005. REUTERS/Kim Stallknecht

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<p>Richard Branson (C) greets crowds, while being flanked by two dancers from the famed Cuban cabaret Tropicana, after landing at Havana's Jose Marti airport, June 27, 2005.   REUTERS/Claudia Daut</p>

Richard Branson (C) greets crowds, while being flanked by two dancers from the famed Cuban cabaret Tropicana, after landing at Havana's Jose Marti airport, June 27, 2005. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

Richard Branson (C) greets crowds, while being flanked by two dancers from the famed Cuban cabaret Tropicana, after landing at Havana's Jose Marti airport, June 27, 2005. REUTERS/Claudia Daut

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<p>Richard Branson waves a giant checkered flag as he waits for adventurer Steve Fossett to taxi his aircraft off the runway, after he successfully completed the first solo, nonstop round the world flight without refueling in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, in Salina, Kansas, March 3, 2005.    REUTERS/Dave Kaup</p>

Richard Branson waves a giant checkered flag as he waits for adventurer Steve Fossett to taxi his aircraft off the runway, after he successfully completed the first solo, nonstop round the world flight without refueling in the Virgin Atlantic...more

Richard Branson waves a giant checkered flag as he waits for adventurer Steve Fossett to taxi his aircraft off the runway, after he successfully completed the first solo, nonstop round the world flight without refueling in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer, in Salina, Kansas, March 3, 2005. REUTERS/Dave Kaup

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<p>Richard Branson slides down a wire from a building top during a stunt to promote the launch of Virgin Mobile's Canadian service in Toronto, March 1, 2005.  REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski</p>

Richard Branson slides down a wire from a building top during a stunt to promote the launch of Virgin Mobile's Canadian service in Toronto, March 1, 2005. REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski

Richard Branson slides down a wire from a building top during a stunt to promote the launch of Virgin Mobile's Canadian service in Toronto, March 1, 2005. REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski

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<p>Richard Branson (3rd from right) stands with models and lifesavers on the wing of one of his Virgin Atlantic planes after it arrived in Sydney December 8, 2004.   REUTERS/David Gray</p>

Richard Branson (3rd from right) stands with models and lifesavers on the wing of one of his Virgin Atlantic planes after it arrived in Sydney December 8, 2004. REUTERS/David Gray

Richard Branson (3rd from right) stands with models and lifesavers on the wing of one of his Virgin Atlantic planes after it arrived in Sydney December 8, 2004. REUTERS/David Gray

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<p>Richard Branson poses with children in Hong Kong December 7, 2004.    REUTERS/Kin Cheung</p>

Richard Branson poses with children in Hong Kong December 7, 2004. REUTERS/Kin Cheung

Richard Branson poses with children in Hong Kong December 7, 2004. REUTERS/Kin Cheung

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<p>Richard Branson successfully flies a full working replica of the Cayley Flyer at Brompton Dale, North Yorkshire, England, July 5, 2003.    REUTERS/Howard Walker</p>

Richard Branson successfully flies a full working replica of the Cayley Flyer at Brompton Dale, North Yorkshire, England, July 5, 2003. REUTERS/Howard Walker

Richard Branson successfully flies a full working replica of the Cayley Flyer at Brompton Dale, North Yorkshire, England, July 5, 2003. REUTERS/Howard Walker

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<p>Richard Branson (R) and co-pilot American Steve Fossett monitor controls in the cockpit of the Ico Global balloon December 24, 1998.   REUTERS/Stringer</p>

Richard Branson (R) and co-pilot American Steve Fossett monitor controls in the cockpit of the Ico Global balloon December 24, 1998. REUTERS/Stringer

Richard Branson (R) and co-pilot American Steve Fossett monitor controls in the cockpit of the Ico Global balloon December 24, 1998. REUTERS/Stringer

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<p>The Virgin Global Challenger balloon, in which Richard Branson was attempting a round-the-world flight, sits stranded in the Sahara Desert December 10, 1997.    REUTERS/Stringer</p>

The Virgin Global Challenger balloon, in which Richard Branson was attempting a round-the-world flight, sits stranded in the Sahara Desert December 10, 1997. REUTERS/Stringer

The Virgin Global Challenger balloon, in which Richard Branson was attempting a round-the-world flight, sits stranded in the Sahara Desert December 10, 1997. REUTERS/Stringer

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