After the SpaceX founder’s friends voiced concerns about his workaholic ways and use of sedatives to fall asleep, Sir Richard advised him to ‘delegate more’

The Virgin Galactic founder was commenting on Mr Musk during a television interview on the race between both men and Amazon boss Jeff Bezos to launch the first commercial space flight.

CNBC’s Singapore-based anchor Nancy Hungerford asked him today: “When it comes to Elon Musk he obviously has his hands full. He’s come under [fire from] both the regulatory side and the media. What advice would you give him?”

Sir Richard replied that Mr Musk needed to delegate more, adding: “You know, it’s important he’s got to find time for himself.

“He’s got to find time for his health and for his family. And you know he’s a wonderfully creative person. He shouldn’t be getting very little sleep.