Virgin Atlantic chairman Richard Branson has revealed how he cheated death in high-speed bike crash in which he smashed his head onto the road on the British Virgin Islands.
In a post on the Virgin website, the 66-year-old said recently he went cycling with his adult sons and had a terrible accident, which almost took his life.
“I really thought I was going to die. I went flying head-first towards the concrete road, but fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact, and I was wearing a helmet that saved my life (however, perhaps they should build bike helmets that protect the side of the face too – does anyone know of one?). My bike went flying off the cliff and disappeared. We’ve since recovered the crumpled bicycle, completely destroyed. My cheek has been badly damaged and my knee, chin, shoulder and body severely cut.
“As I landed, once I realised I was alive, I began testing my movement. I really couldn’t believe I was alive, let alone not paralysed…” he narrated.
Continuing, “Today my son Sam mentioned another fitting quote, from Hunter S. Thompson: “Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”
It would be recalled that Branson who at a time partnered with the federal government to form the defunct Virgin Nigeria Airways said Nigerian politicians were obstacles to business success in the country.
“We fought daily battle against government agents who wanted to daily make fortune from us, politicians who saw the government 49% as a meal to seek for all kinds of favour, watchdogs that didn’t know what to do and persistently asking for bribes at any point. Nigeria people are generally nice but the politicians are very insane…that may be irony because the people make up the politicians,” the tycoon said of his experience in Nigeria.