Disgraced aabar Investments CEO Sentenced to Prison

Sir Richard Branson with Virgin Galactic pilots, staffers and investors. To his right is Mohamed Badawy Al Husseiny, CEO of Aabar, which made a $280 million in Virgin Galactic. (Credit: Douglas Messier)

by Douglas Messier
Managing Editor

You might call him the crook that fell to Earth.

Ten years ago, Mohamed Badawy Al-Husseiny was sitting next to Sir Richard Branson at the Oshkosh air show signing a deal on behalf of Abu Dhabi to invest $280 million in the British billionaire’s space tourism venture, Virgin Galactic.

The wealthy CEO of Abu Dhabi’s sovereign wealth fund, aabar investments, likely had dreams of gazing down on Earth while floating in space aboard Virgin’s SpaceShipTwo.

Today, Al-Husseiny is sitting in a jail cell serving a 10-year sentence for financial crimes. He also has been implicated in one of the largest financial frauds in history involving the theft of more than $4 billion.


Adriana Lima: Space Angel Supreme

Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima
Victoria's Secret Angel Adriana Lima

Congratuations to Adriana Lima! She is the winner of Parabolic Arc’s latest poll of which Victoria’s Secret Angel you would like to see fly into space. Results were:

  • Adriana Lima (36.0%, 10 Votes)
  • Heidi Klum (25.0%, 7 Votes)
  • Marisa Miller (21.0%, 6 Votes)
  • Miranda Kerr (18.0%, 5 Votes)

Thank you to all the Parabolic Archers who voted in today’s poll. And to Heidi, Marisa and Miranda: Better luck next year, angels!

Celebritynaut Update: Victoria’s Secret Angels Discuss Space Plans

Victoria's Secret Angel Miranda Kerr

This just in from the In Case You Were Wondering Department….

Former N’Sync member Lance Bass is still eager to go into space seven years after his efforts to fly aboard a Russian Soyuz fell through. “I’m a trained astronaut, and it’s my time to go,” he declared.