Virgin Atlantic’s Founder Richard Branson to Headline Detroit Panel Discussion


The British airline Virgin Atlantic, which begins offering two daily direct flights from Detroit Metro Airport to London’s Heathrow Airport on Monday, is celebrating the new service with a panel on June 12 in Detroit featuring the airline’s founder, Sir Richard Branson.

The panel will feature Branson alongside Detroit business owners to discuss opportunities in the city. It will be moderated by WDIV-TV Local 4 anchor Devin Scillian. Additionally, the event will include four Detroit-based start-ups pitching business ideas to the panel, and they will then receive feedback and advice.

Branson is the founder of the Virgin Group, which includes Virgin Records, Virgin Mobile, and Virgin Cruises, among nearly 400 other companies. In 2014, Forbes magazine estimated his net worth at $5 billion.

The panel will take place at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Innovation in Detroit’s New Center neighborhood. To register for the free event, visit