Couple pay $6000 for dinner with Richard Branson
HAVE dinner with Virgin king Richard Branson and assist charity for $6000? Worth every penny, according to Haigslea couple Ray and Tina Barton. The couple paid the money at a charity auction in the western rural town of Theodore, and can??t wait to have dinner with the billionaire founder of the Virgin empire the next time he??s in Australia. ??He??s a very interesting person who must have lived 10 lives in his 56 years,?? Mr Barton said. ??I??m really interested in his environmental outlook and his space travel ideas. ??He has a division ?V Virgin Galactica ?V aimed at making orbital space flights within the foreseeable future. ??I??m waiting for his tourist resort on the moon. ??That??s where I want to go and hopefully I last that long.?? Mrs Barton said there was no firm date as yet for the dinner, but Mr Branson??s office had sent a letter saying he would make himself available the next time he was in the country. ??It??s likely to be this month or in January,?? Mr Barton said. ??I don??t know whether he??s out here for the cricket. Mr Barton said he admired the entrepreneur for donating his time ??to this obscure function??, but also the Theodore organisers who had the idea of approaching Mr Branson in the first place.?? ??You??ve got to be bold to pick up a phone and just ring Richard Branson,?? he said. Born in 1950, Mr Branson founded Virgin Records at age 20, selling it in 1994 for $1 billion. In 1984 he started Virgin Atlantic Airways, now the second largest British long haul international airline. He is the trustee of several charities and, since 1985, has been involved in a number of record-breaking land and air speed and distance attempts.