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4. Richard Branson, Virgin Group
Richard Branson, Virgin Group
Sure, Richard Branson started the Virgin family of airlines, but the billionaire business visionary is involved in a lot more than air travel. Branson races his own yachts -- which have included the 105-foot Necker Belle and 99-foot Virgin Money. In 2008, he famously gunned for the trans-Atlantic sailing record but had to abandon the attempt.

Branson, soon to turn 61, has launched two other efforts for sea and sky: In 2009 he launched Virgin Galactic, a division that offers private citizens a trip into space for close to $300,000. And just this past April, Branson unveiled an 18-foot, single-person submarine dubbed the Oceanic.


Last updated July 12 2011: 5:15 PM ET
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