Branson Beats Jeff Bezos to Space, Targets Open Space Tourism

SPACEPORT AMERICA, NM – Soaring more than 50 miles into the warm, dazzlingly bright sky above New Mexico, Richard Branson has finally fulfilled a dream that took decades to fulfill: He can now call himself an astronaut. On Sunday morning, a small rocket plane operated by Virgin Galactic, which Mr. Branson founded in 2004, carried …

Space Flights for Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos Spur Race for Underwriters

Richard Branson Planned to fly into suborbital space Sunday, nine days in advance similar journey a billionaire by Jeff Bezos. These first flights for the space giants will also begin without liability insurance. DealBook newsletter reports. Brokers say none Virgin Galactic nor Mr. Branson The British business boss appears to have bought it if it …

Who Owns Virgin Galactic? Why Is Richard Branson Going to Space?

Starting a space exploration company was perhaps an unsurprising step for Mr. Branson, who had made a career and a fortune. estimated at $6 billion – establishing flamboyant new businesses that he promotes with an entertainer’s flair. What became his Virgin business empire began in the 1970s with a small record store in central London, …