Richard Branson attempts Channel kitesurf

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Sam Branson, Richard Branson, Ivo Branson and Holly Branson pose for pictures before attempting to Kite Surf across the English Channel on August 24, 2010 in Dungeness, England. (Getty Images)
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Richard Branson aims to become the oldest person to Kite-surf across the English Channel to celebrate his 60th birthday. (Getty Images)
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Princess Beatrice and boyfriend Dave Clark watch as Richard Branson prepares to Kite Surf across the English Channel on August 24, 2010 in Dungeness, England. (Getty Images)
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According to a report by the AFP newswire, Branson was forced to abandon an attempt to kitesurf across the English Channel on Tuesday due to rough seas. (Getty Images)
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A spokesman for the British entrepreneur said high waves made conditions unsafe for support boats to continue the crossing to the northern French port of Boulogne, AFP said. (Getty Images)
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Princess Beatrice and boyfriend Dave Clark watch as Richard Branson prepares to Kite Surf across the English Channel on August 24, 2010 in Dungeness, England. Richard Branson is making the attempt to become the oldest person to Kite-surf across the English Channel to celebrate his 60th birthday. (Getty Images)
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According to AFP, Branson had travelled five miles (eight kilometres) out to sea from Dungeness in southeast England when high waves forced him to stop.(Getty Images)
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Richard Branson prepares to Kite Surf across the English Channel on August 24, 2010 in Dungeness, England. Richard Branson is making the attempt to become the oldest person to Kite-surf across the English Channel to celebrate his 60th birthday. (Getty Images)
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Branson's children, Holly and Sam, and his nephews joined him on the aborted kite-surfing mission, the AFP report said.(Getty Images)
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Branson was born in 1950 and educated at Stowe School. It was here that he set up Student magazine when he was 16. (Getty Images)
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Sam Branson, Richard Branson, Ivo Branson, Holly Branson and the rest of their team pose for pictures before attempting to Kite Surf across the English Channel on August 24, 2010 in Dungeness, England. Richard Branson is making the attempt to become the oldest person to Kite-surf across the English Channel to celebrate his 60th birthday. (Getty Images)
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On his website, Branson said: 'Kitesurfing is one of my favourite sports. I absolutely love the amazing rush you get when going at high speeds, in high winds, with the most beautiful kite acting as your only guide.' (Getty Images)
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Branson added: 'I know that kitesurfing across the channel will not be quite the same as kitesurfing in the beautiful waters of the Caribbean but I can’t think of anything I rather do, with my family and friends, to celebrate turning 60!'(Getty Images)
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In 1970 Branson founded Virgin as a mail order record retailer, and shortly afterwards opened a record shop in Oxford Street, London. In 1972 the company built a recording studio in Oxfordshire.

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Branson was knighted in 1999 for 'services to entrepreneurship'. (Getty Images)