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Oligarch of the Month: Richard Branson

4 monthes ago   |   By The New Republic

Music-and-travel tycoon Richard Branson didn't quite make it to space in July, though he came pretty close: From his VSS Unity space capsule, he live-streamed 53.5 miles above the earth and only 8.5 miles short of the Kármán line, where space begins. “To all you kids down there, I was once a child with a dream looking up to the stars,” an ecstatic Branson intoned, while members of the Unity crew bounced, giddy and weightless, behind him. Branson had other reasons for joy: With hundreds of reservations already booked, Virgin Galactic's nascent space tourism business seems poised for...
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