First he dominated the skies, soon he will try space, but for now Branson is taking it to the seas.. the deep sea that is.
"BILLIONAIRE adventurer Richard Branson has announced plans to offer tourists trips to the deepest parts of the ocean in a new submarine - for a hefty fee.
First he plans to travel in a solo craft himself to explore the ocean. Branson said that over the next two years, the solo craft will go to the bottom of the Mariana Trench in the Pacific Ocean, the Atlantic's Puerto Rico Trench and South Sandwich Trench, the Diamantina Trench in the Indian Ocean and the Molloy Deep in the Arctic Ocean.
Branson's fellow explorer, Chris Welsh, plans to make the first descent later this year to the Mariana Trench, which at 10,972 metres is deeper than Mount Everest is high. Branson then plans to explore the 8530-metre deep Puerto Rico Trench.
The pilots for the other three trips have not been chosen.
"Man has not explored our ocean,'' the Virgin Atlantic founder said in an interview at the Newport Harbor Yacht Club."