British billionaire Sir Richard Branson was left bruised and bloodied after a nasty fall from his bike while cycling in the Caribbean.
Branson, who has a net worth estimated by Forbes to be just shy of $3 billion and resides in the British Virgin Islands, was pictured with a nasty bruise on his left arm.
“Took quite a big tumble while cycling in Virgin Gorda a little while ago,” the 73-year-old Virgin founder wrote on his Instagram page on Sunday.
“I hit a pothole and crashed hard, resulting in another hematoma on my hip and a nasty cut elbow, but amazingly nothing broken.”
Branson is pictured in the photo alongside a man he identified as Alex Wilson. He is shown holding a bandage to his face, which is streaked with some blood.
Wilson “fell after me,” according to Branson, “but thankfully he was ok as well.”
The mogul seemed to shake off the scary incident.
“I’m counting myself very lucky, and thankful for keeping myself active and healthy,” Branson wrote.
“After all, the brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all.”
The death-defying entrepreneur has had several frightening incidents while riding his bicycle.
In November 2021, he fell off his bike while taking part in an endurance race, resulting in several cuts and bruises on his elbow as well as a hematoma on his leg.
Branson, who said at the time there was “no question” wearing a helmet saved his life, reported that he “slammed” into concrete after he tried to hit the brakes, but they “didn’t respond.”
In 2016, Branson was involved in another high-speed bike crash during which he slammed head-first onto the pavement while cycling with his two children on the British Virgin Islands.
“I really thought I was going to die,” Branson said at the time.
“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.”
Branson, the founder of the Virgin business conglomerate that includes Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Galactic, is competing with fellow billionaires Elon Musk and Jeff Bezos in the race to shuttle tourists into space.
Last August, a Virgin Galactic mothership took three private citizens who paid $200,000 apiece to the edge of space — the company’s first-ever space flight taken by civilians.