Virgin Mobile launches Virgin’s first consumer telecommunications venture.

Virgin Cinemas is sold for £215m to UGC of France. A Japan chain remains operating.

Virgin Active launches the first of its health and lifestyle centres in Preston, Leeds and Stockley Park.

The Virgin Vie stores rebrand as Virgin Cosmetics stores.

Digital station Radio Free Virgin begins broadcasting over the Internet.

Virgin Atlantic flies from Heathrow to Shanghai and Cape Town for the first time.

Richard Branson is knighted.

Limited Edition - Ulusaba

Ulusaba, a private game reserve near the Kruger National Park, South Africa, is acquired by Virgin Hotels (later to become Virgin Limited Edition).