Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English business magnate, investor, author, and philanthropist. Branson founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies.
This week, Richard Branson joined to unveil the next generation of spacesuits that Virgin Galactic made in partnership with Under Armour for their future private astronauts. Grayscale Managing Director Michael Sonnenshein joined to discuss their record third quarter asset raise and why increased interest from institutional investors hasn't lead to more robust prices in crypto assets. Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan came on to talk about his latest investment project and how his teams are doing. Then New Markets Media & Intelligence Founder & Managing Editor Gavin Serkin discussed the brief cease-fire in Syria.
It's been a busy week at the UNGA! We signed The Climate Pledge with Jeff Bezos from Amazon, saw world leaders stepping up their climate ambition, heard Greta Thunberg's scathing speech, and even had time to fire up the ol' anti-echo machine. Later in the episode we catch a few minutes with Sir Richard Branson, the man behind Virgin. We get into the green innovations he is working on, and discuss his bigger vision on how airline travel becomes sustainable.
Cal looks back on the most amazing thing he’s ever seen in his life, August 7, 1974, when a French street performer named Philippe Petit secretly rigged a wire between the twin towers of the World Trade Center and walked on it 1,300 feet above the ground. There are many lessons to be learned from Philippe’s feat, which took place 45 years ago, and Cal has mined for them through at least a dozen viewings of the documentary Man on Wire and the feature film called The Walk. The British mogul Richard Branson also calls Man on Wire one of his favorite films, and Cal wraps up his thoughts with a short conversation he had with Branson about what we can all take away from August 7, 1974.
When it comes to travel, names don’t get much bigger than Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group. On this short haul (bite size) episode of The Travel Diaries, recorded in the bustling lobby of the new Virgin Hotel San Francisco, Richard takes us on a journey around the world, from the mountains of Morocco to the plains of Kenya - and even into outer space. Destination recap:Virgin Hotel San Francisco Menorca, Balearic IslandsNecker Island, British Virgin Islands Ulusaba, South Africa Mahali Mzuri, Kenya Mount Toukbal, Atlas Mountains, MarrakechKasbah Tamadot, Marrakech Virgin Voyages Virgin Galactic Thank you so much for listening. If you haven’t yet left a 5 star rating, why not do so now! Your support is so greatly appreciated and most importantly, helps others to discover the podcast. Come and find me on Instagram, I’m @hollyrubenstein and to find out more about the podcast, visit This episode was produced by Holly Rubenstein  See for privacy and opt-out information.
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Jul 18th, 1950
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8 hours, 52 minutes
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