Billionaire falls off bike:

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Virgin Group boss Richard Branson, 66, said his life flashed before his eyes as he hit a speed bump while riding downhill at night and was thrown off his bike in the British Virgin Islands earlier this week.

"I really thought I was going to die," he wrote in a blog post.

"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."

He suffered a cracked cheek and some torn ligaments.

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