Here are just some of Richard Branson's near-death experiences ahead of his first space flight

By Chris Isidore, CNN Business

Here are just some of Richard Branson's near-death experiences ahead of his first space flight

Updated 10:23 AM ET, Sat July 10, 2021

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Richard Branson, the billionaire entrepreneur who is set to take a test flight on his Virgin Galactic spaceship to the edge of outer space on Sunday, has rarely been one to shy away from risky activities, and because of that he's narrowly avoided being killed numerous times in his nearly 71 years.

Some of the near-death experiences were the result of bad luck, such as a stubbed toe in 1980 that nearly sent him down a deep gorge on his private islandto the jagged rocks below. Everything you need to know about Richard Branson going to space this weekendSome were the result of publicity-seeking promotions, such as bungee jumping off Victoria Falls as part of a television show about him or leaping off the side of a Las Vegas casino to promote flights to the city by one of his airlines. Both stunts left him bloody and injured.