VIRGIN boss Sir Richard Branson is recovering after almost being killed in a horrific high-speed crash.
The billionaire, 66, crashed his bike while training for the gruelling Virgin Strive Challenge with his children Holly and Sam on the British Virgin Islands.
Sir Richard, who suffered a cracked cheek and some torn ligaments in the freak accident, was rushed to a Florida hospital for treatment.
Discussing his brush with death on Monday night, he said: “I really thought I was going to die. I went flying head-first towards the concrete road.
“But fortunately my shoulder and cheek took the brunt of the impact, and I was wearing a helmet that saved my life.
“My bike went flying off the cliff and disappeared. We’ve since recovered the crumpled bicycle, completely destroyed.”
“My cheek has been badly damaged and my knee, chin, shoulder and body severely cut.”
The incident comes just a few months after the mogul, known for his love of daredevil stunts, had a run in with a deadly stingray.
He added: “My attitude has always been, if you fall flat on your face, at least you’re moving forward. All you have to do is get back up and try again.
“At least I’m practicing what I preach – though a little too literally! The date of the accident just happened to be the fifth anniversary of the fire on Necker Island.”
His luxury home on the island was reduced to a smouldering wreck after being struck by lightning in August 2011, and re-opened two years later.
Sir Richard famously capsized and had to be rescued while attempting the the fastest-ever Atlantic crossing in August 1985.
And his three attempts at circling the globe in a hot air balloon all ended in failure.
Writing on his blog, Sir Richard, believed to be worth almost £4billion, said: “I really couldn’t believe I was alive, let alone not paralysed.”
He added: “The first person to arrive on the scene was my assistant Helen. She was wondering who was lying prostrate on the road.
“I was so glad to be alive that I quickly was able to summon my sense of humour, and said to her: “I’m alive! At least you’ve still got a job!'”
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