Richard Branson, whose ownership of Virgin Group has made him so spectacularly wealthy that he lives full time as a tax exile on his private Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands, is providing funding, office space and leadership to "UK-EU Open Policy Limited" which aims to prevent Brexit. Branson, who is worth an estimated £4.5 billion, used to divide his time between his Holland Park mansion and his 200 acre Oxfordshire estate but moved to Necker - which he bought in the late 1970s from Lord Cobham for $180,000 - in 2013. Heading the campaign group is Virgin chairman Peter Norris and former Blairite minister Alan Milburn. The remaining backers are all successful in the realm of finance and include the insurance tycoon Sir Clive Cowdery who made £150 million when his Friends Life insurance company was acquired by Aviva in 2015. They also include Anatole Kaletsky who is an economist who has said that Britain needs to be persuaded to change its mind about Europe. They will be based at an office suite within Virgin's London headquarters at no cost to the campaign group. Branson believes voters have "shot themselves in the foot" out of ignorance and wants them to change their minds and to press the government to hold a second referendum. He claims "The referendum was just an advisory referendum. Once people see the terms and the consequences of what’s happening, things could change." His group will launch their campaign when Theresa May begins her negotiations with the EU. Tory MP Peter Bone said: "The Establishment, and I include Richard Branson in that now, is determined to thwart exiting the EU and this shows what they are up to. They do not accept the democratic view of the British people and think they know better, but this liberal elitism is one of the reasons people voted to come out. I’m sure the campaign will have tons of money but it will still fail as the British people know they want to take control, be an independent sovereign country again. I’m disappointed someone who runs an international airline would think the EU is that important. I’m sure some people will decide to no longer fly with Virgin Atlantic." Virgin Group is involved in domestic aviation with subsidiaries operating in Australia and the United States as well as Virgin Atlantic whose sole EU destination is London; unlike Easyjet and Ryanair it does not operate within the European Union nor does it have any plans to do so. I have met and interviewed Richard Branson several times including on Virgin's inaugural flight to San Francisco towards the end of the 1980s. In those days, he was the maverick fighting an airline establishment elite (that included British Airways) that had already seen-off Freddie Laker's challenge and, using dirty tricks, were determined that this former "barrow boy" would not succeed in the airline business. Branson couldn't beat the establishment back then, so he joined it, became successful and moved out of HMRC's reach. He no longer personally lives in or contributes to Britain but he still presumes to tell Britons how they should vote whilst counting his cash, mostly acquired in Britain, in luxurious surroundings in the eastern Caribbean.