Steve Ridgway

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Stephen Ridgway CBE (born September 29 1951, Tavistock) is the chief executive officer of Virgin Atlantic Airways.

Early life

He grew up on a farm in Bantham near Salcombe. He went to school in Kingsbridge, south Devon, and later prep school in Tavistock and at Torquay Boys' Grammar School.

He gained an Economics BSc degree (awarded by the University of London) from Oxford Brookes University. He later gained a PGCE in 1976.


He worked for Cavenham Foods (owned by Sir James Goldsmith and later sold to Générale Occidentale) as a sales manager, and briefly became a teacher. He moved to Miami and began his business career working for a builder of power boats, Ted Toleman. He worked for two years as Business Development Manager at the Toleman Group. One of these boats was the Virgin Atlantic Challenger, and he became the Chief Pilot. From 1981-5 he worked for , who built the Virgin boats.

Virgin Atlantic

He joined Virgin Atlantic in 1989. In 1990 he became Managing Director of Virgin Freeway. He became a board director in 1994. Formerly Virgin Atlantic's vice-president of customer services, he was appointed as Managing Director of Virgin Atlantic in April 1998. He became Chief Executive in October 2001.His annual salary is somewhere in the region of £750,000

He has built the £13.5m in Trebetherick, Cornwall, with his brother Hugh.


Personal life

Steve has three children and lives in London and Hampshire. His children were...
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