Virgin Group founder Richard Branson has suspended business ties with SAudi Arabia over the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Branson said in a statement that the company would suspend discussions over a planned $1 billion Saudi investment in the Virgin group’s space ventures.
Branson was quoted saying, “what has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi government.”
In 2004, Branson founded spaceflight corporation Virgin Galactic, based at Mojave Air and Space Port, noted for the SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane designed for space tourism.
In 2007, Branson was placed in Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in The World.
In June 2018, Forbes listed Branson’s estimated Net Worth at US$5.1 billion.