What are you getting billionaire Richard Branson for his birthday? A cruise ship full of lookalikes | Richard Branson

Last name: Richard Branson.

Age: 72.

Richard Branson? Ring a bell. Just remember… So Sir Richard Branson was like old Elon Musk, before the real Elon Musk came along. Largely superseded nowadays.

I understood. Virgo, right? And do you continue? Go hard, party.

Ooh, I love a billionaire party. Say it. This was supposed to be his 70th but it was delayed, due to Covid.

And just a low key affair I guess – small Italian restaurant, close friends and family. Don’t be silly – it was a surprise five-night Caribbean cruise on one of its luxury Virgin Voyages ships. On his blog, there’s a useful link to the Virgin Voyages site, with mouth-watering discounts, in case you’re inspired to book a trip yourself.

That’s chic: birthday party, marketing opportunity. A dress code? Richard Branson.

Yeah, you said. I know whose party; I ask for the dress code. I know, and I say Richard Branson.

Eh ? So one night there was a Richard Through the Decades party. “It was kinda weird but also hilarious to see the creativity and fun people put into their costumes,” Branson blogged. “From people inside mini-hot air balloons, to clothes ripped from numerous near-death escapades, to recreating my student magazine days in the 60s.”

Now that’s hilarious. Also inspiring and energizing. A whole ship full of Richard Branson. Another night the dress code was all white.

Why am I getting vibes from David Brent here? And Richard’s musician son, Sam, performed a song called Sympathy for the Legend, inspired by the Rolling Stones hit.

Now you took me straight to Succession – you know, Logan’s birthday party episode. Meet Carry On Cruising perhaps. There were also shore excursions, to Virgin Voyages’ amazing beach club in Bimini, Bahamas, to meet entrepreneurs and business owners from Bimini…

Inspirational? obvs.

At a birthday party, yet! There was also a diving trip to the Rio Secreto caves in Mexico. Richard had an amazing time, “making the most of being on board our fantastic new ship and participating in activities that are close to my heart – supporting entrepreneurs and preserving the environment”.

Yes, because cruise ships are well known for being really good for the environment. Good …

Say: “For he is a very good fe-e-llow…and so are all of us!”

Do not tell : “The bars? I came in 1971 Richard, in prison, arrested for tax evasion.

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