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Richard Branson Smoked Drugs With Son, Had Mile-High At 19

Virgin tycoon Richard Branson reveals in a new interview that he has taken drugs with his son and is a member of the 'mile-high club'.

The 57-year-old billionaire says he smoked cannabis with his son during a holiday in Australia. "I went with my son on his gap year. We had some nights where we laughed our heads off for eight hours. I don't think smoking the occasional spliff is all that wrong. I'd rather my son did it in front of me than behind closed doors."

In the interview with GQ, he claims Rolling Stone Keith Richards was the "first person to teach me to roll a joint".

When asked if he was a member of the 'mile-high club', Branson says he met a "very attractive lady" on a flight to Los Angeles when he was 19.

"We got chatting and it went a bit further. And it was every man's dream, to be honest... I remember getting off the plane and she turned to me and said, 'Look, it's slightly embarrassing but I am meeting my husband at arrivals, would you mind holding back a bit...'.

"The problem with plane loos generally is that they are very small, and the acrobatics can't take too long because there's no room and people start banging on the door. What I remember vividly is seeing four handprints on the mirror as we finished, and thinking I'd better wipe them off."

Asked if he thought the woman knew he was now a famous multi-millionaire airline boss, Sir Richard, 57, said: "I am absolutely certain she doesn't. It was quite nice being anonymous, now I think about it."

July 31, 2007 |

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