On Friday, April 28, The Washington Post continued its CEO Series with Sir Richard Branson, Founder of Virgin Group. The Post’s Jonathan Capehart spoke one-on-one with Branson about his expansive career – spanning sea, land, sky and space. They discussed the role of entrepreneurship and the private sector in addressing critical global issues, including Branson’s most recent projects on conservation and climate change.
Program Highlights
Richard Branson says the climate march in Washington D.C. is only his third time marching. He says leaders can help make a difference in the world by speaking out on important issues. He also discusses two other marches he attended in the past.
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Virgin America Airlines recently sold to Alaska Airlines. Branson says he faced challenges owning an American company outside of America. He describes his efforts to make his airline perfect and friendly. On the purple lighting on Virgin America flights, Branson says that every little detail must be right.
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Sir Richard Branson talks about the importance of clean air and clean energy. He says that the United States will be left way behind on clean energy if more people don’t act on climate change.
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Richard Branson says working in the space industry is a tough commitment. However, he says space is becoming a big new industry in America and he is excited for future opportunities in space.
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Branson talks about a revolution of new jobs for bringing clean energy to America. He says that bringing coal jobs back is not the best way for a sustainable and clean environment.
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Richard Branson says airlines can not afford to be disrespectful. He says it’s a lot more fun running an airline with people who smile and are friendly to the passengers.
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Speaker
Sir Richard Branson
Richard Branson is the founder of Virgin Group. The self-made billionaire and entrepreneur started Virgin in 1970 as a mail order record retailer. The company now expands into many diverse sectors from travel to telecommunications, health to banking and music to leisure. There are now more than 60 Virgin companies worldwide. Branson was awarded a knighthood in 1999 for services to entrepreneurship.
Interviewer
Jonathan Capehart
Jonathan Capehart is a member of the Post editorial board and writes about politics and social issues for the PostPartisan blog. Prior to joining The Post in 2007, Capehart was the deputy editor of New York Daily News’s editorial page where he and the editorial board won the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Editorial Writing. Capehart also worked as a policy adviser to Michael Bloomberg in his successful campaign for mayor of New York City. He currently hosts the podcast Cape UP.
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