Former NXIVM publicist Frank Parlato said: “I was told the reason they staged the seminars on Necker was they hoped to recruit Branson into the organisation.
Branson would have been the biggest score they ever had – a billionaire businessman.”
Several group members, including co-founder Nancy Salzman, visited Necker for two seminars in 2007 and 2010. Keith Raniere did not attend either trip.
At least one of the visits is said to have been paid for by billionaire heiress and NXIVM follower Sara Bronfman, whose late father, businessman Edgar Bronfman Sr, knew Sir Richard.
She and her sister Clare are committed followers of NXIVM but there is no suggestion that any of the Bronfman family are involved in or aware of criminal activities by Raniere or his followers.
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