The Virgin Airship and Balloon Company (later to become Virgin Balloon Flights) takes off. It becomes quite hard to keep Richard’s feet on the ground… 

Virgin Records America is founded, quickly followed by a subsidiary in Japan. 

Virgin Atlantic launches a route from Luton to Dublin which it flies until 1990. 

Richard Branson launches Mates condoms in the UK to promote safe sex to young adults as awareness of HIV and AIDS grows. Manufacturer Ansell buys the company a year later.