|ISSUE MAY/JUNE 2013|
Haute Living sat down with Sir Richard Branson, the man behind the Virgin Group, which includes behemoths such as Virgin Music, Virgin Mobile and Virgin Air. Branson, a larger-than-life personality who founded his first business at just 16, opens up about the dramatic event that brought his family together with Academy Award-winning actress Kate Winslet.
Busier than ever, Branson also talks about his ever expanding airline with new domestic routes in the United States—and some decidedly non-domestic routes. “We’ll be taking people into space at the end of this year,” Branson said. “We’re the only company in the world that’s doing this, so from a brand point of view, it will be a spectacular move for Virgin and will have a wonderful halo effect on all the other Virgin companies.”
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Will Smith is in a jovial mood. The 44 year-old actor has just arrived in Miami after completing a two week international press tour for his latest film, After Earth, his second collaborative effort with son Jaden. The Oscar winner candidly discusses his new movie, his parenting skills, the legacy he wants to leave and Jaden’s so-called emancipation.
After sitting on the board of nine organizations and founding her own publishing company, Lori Milken has learned that the true secret to success is simply flexibility. “’Be flexible’ is my motto for my marriage and all aspects of life,” the renowned philanthropist says serenely mere hours before the Los Angeles Ballet’s Rubies Gala, an event she’s spent the past year putting together.
When Jami Gertz strolls into our suite at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills, she certainly doesn’t fit the picture of what one of the most charitable celebrities in the world would look like: the fresh-faced star is so completely normal (in the best way possible).
It’s ironic that Dustin Brown is one of the hottest athletes in America given that his sport of choice is played on ice. The 28-year-old captain and his team, the LA Kings, won the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs and, at press time, had just made the NH L championship’s 2013 semi-finals.
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