When Richard Branson’s airline won $945,000, he gave it all to his employees,
Virgin took British Air to court and won $945,000 in damages, the largest libel settlement in UK history. Branson chose to invest the money back into his Virgin Atlantic team.
“It was Christmas time,” he tells Raz. “It became known as the BA Christmas bonus — we distributed it to all our staff equally.”
After all, the Virgin Group founder credits the success of his hundreds of companies to his employees: “The fundamental driver of our success at Virgin has, and will always be, our people working together. To be successful in business, and in life, you need to connect and collaborate.”
If Branson had to fly with BA today, he would, he tells Raz. Though, he adds, “I might get the neighbor next door to taste the food first.”
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