Richard Branson is the chairman of the Virgin Group, a conglomerate with 400 companies under its umbrella. These companies include Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Mobile, and the somewhat less well-known Virgin Galactic. This company was founded in 2004 with the goal of offering six minutes of space travel to anyone with $200,000 .
Branson unveiled his galactic vessel, "SpaceShipTwo," at the 2006 NextFest technology exhibition in New York City. It seats eight, including two crew members. Once in sub-orbital space, passengers are encouraged to unbuckle themselves and enjoy the experience of weightlessness inside the fuselage. Branson's craft is not ready to go into service, but when it does, his exotic toy is expected to fly passengers from London to Sydney in 30 minutes.