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Branson loses autobiography in blaze

entertainment Updated: Aug 29, 2011 19:38 IST
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Airline tycoon Richard Branson has lost his autobiography and 15 years of handwritten notes after his British Virgin Islands house caught fire.

Actress Kate Winslet and 20 other guests were holidaying at the billionaire's home when lightening hit the wooden property and set it ablaze, reports contactmusic.com.

"My office was in the house and I lost everything in it. I'd got a long way into writing my autobiography and it's lost. Fifteen years of handwritten notebooks went and photographs and so on," Branson told Britain's The Sunday Times.

"Running a business, we have a meticulous computer backup system so I'd assumed all that was completely safe. But it turns out the backup was also in the house.

"Everything filed on the computers there in the past few years is lost, both business-related and personal... But these are things. And as long as you have your family and friends around you, they're not that important," he added.