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Richard Branson Finds Pet Tortoise Alive in Ashes of Caribbean Home

Originally posted 08/25/2011 03:30PM



Kate Winslet and the 90-year-old mother of Richard Branson safely escaped the fire that destroyed the Virgin Group magnate's Caribbean home on Necker Island, but there was also another surprise survivor: Branson's pet tortoise.

"We came up to the ruins of the great house and we found our pet tortoise Brutus amongst all the ashes, looking very, very well and healthy," he said in an interview that aired on Today. "He'll father many more tortoises on the island."

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Kate Winslet 'Carried My Mum to Safety,' Says Richard Branson | Kate Winslet, Richard Branson

Kate Winslet Saved Life of Richard Branson's Mother

Originally posted 08/23/2011 09:55AM

Kate Winslet took on the role of hero during the fire that destroyed Richard Branson's Caribbean home Monday, when the Oscar winner carried the British magnate's elderly mother to safety.

Winslet, 35, her two children – Mia, 10, and Joe, 7 – and her boyfriend, Louis Dowler, were staying in Branson's $70 million private island home in the British Virgin Islands when it was lost in the inferno.

"Many thanks to Kate Winslet for helping to carry my 90-year mum out of the main house to safety," Branson, 61, blogged Monday.

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Trump Delights in Richard Branson TV Flop | Donald Trump

Trump Delights in Richard Branson TV Flop

Originally posted 11/11/2004 08:20AM

Virgin Airlines mogul Sir Richard Branson may like to globe trot in hot-air balloons, but his new FOX reality series, The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best, is having a hard time getting off the ground – and no one is gloating louder than fellow mogul-TV star Donald Trump.

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Paul Hamm Pleads Case to Keep Gold Medal

Paul Hamm Pleads Case to Keep Gold Medal

Originally posted 09/28/2004 09:00AM

PLEADED: American gymnast Paul Hamm took his case to keep his Olympic all-around champion gold medal to a sports tribunal in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday, arguing that he should not surrender his trophy to South Korean gymnast Yang Tae Young. At issue is a scoring error by judges in Hamm's favor during a parallel bars routine. Hamm, with one of his lawyers at his side, told NBC News on Tuesday morning he could not discuss what was said inside the Court of Arbitration for Sport during a session that lasted 12 hours. Yang also attended the session, and he and Hamm shook hands. A decision in the dispute is due within two weeks.

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Jet-Setting with Ja Rule | Ja Rule

Jet-Setting with Ja Rule

Originally posted 05/26/2004 06:00AM

Ja Rule had a bit of fun in New York City this week, attending the premiere of The Day After Tomorrow, chatting up the action-thriller's young star Jake Gyllenhaal, and later hitting trendy Spice Market for dinner. But we're told he was looking forward to returning to work in Toronto the next day, where he's filming Assault on Precinct 13 with Ethan Hawke, Laurence Fishburne, Drea de Matteo and John Leguizamo. "All of (the stars) are mostly in the same scenes, so they are a close-knit family," says a source. "They are always hanging out together. They eat together. They have a really good time together."

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Branson Relieved of Hot Air

Originally posted 05/26/1999 12:00AM

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