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Virgin, Smollan buy into Cape Town’s wiGroup

Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and retail solutions provider Smollan have acquired a stake in Cape Town-based mobile loyalty software company wiGroup, joining Investec Asset Management and Crossfin Technology Holdings

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More tycoons join Musk, Bezos in race to space

Think billionaires and outer space and three names quickly come to mind: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and Richard Branson. It turns out, though, that they have plenty of company. There are 13 others among the world’s 500

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Branson aims for mid-2018 Virgin space trip

More than two-and-a-half years after the fatal break-up of Virgin Galactic’s experimental rocket plane, Richard Branson is poised to revive powered test flights as the billionaire entrepreneur targets his first journey into space by the middle

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SpaceX to fly two people around the moon

Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to send two private citizens on a trip around the moon late next year as it continues to work with Nasa for a planned crewed mission to the International Space Station. The passengers

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Bill Gates pushes green energy with Trump

On one end of the phone, there was Bill Gates, the Microsoft co-founder, who has pledged a good chunk of his fortune to ending climate change. On the other end of the line, there was President-elect Donald Trump, who has described

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Gates, Bezos back $1bn clean energy fund

Bill Gates and more than a dozen of the world’s wealthiest individuals revealed a new, US$1bn investment fund late on Sunday to foster major advances in clean energy production. Dubbed Breakthrough Energy Ventures, the 20-year fund

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Race is on to bring the Internet to everyone

The race is on to get billions of people connected to the Internet via a global network of satellites. Europe’s Airbus announced this week that it is to design and build up to 900 satellites for the privately owned OneWeb, which includes Richard Branson as a

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Ex-Virgin boss sees MVNO boom

Former Virgin Mobile South Africa CEO Steve Bailey, who is a key figure behind the imminent launch of new telecommunications player me&you mobile, believes the number of mobile virtual

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