Richard Branson arrives by surf lifesaver boat at Bondi Beach on Wednesday, November 13, 2019. (Image: AAP/Joel Carrett)

Don't you hate it when your airline collapses and you have to put your only private island up as collatoral to keep it going?

Richard Branson -- both the closest thing to a likable billionaire and still completely insufferable -- has written an "open letter" to his employees at Virgin Australia; although one suspects it's more aimed at governments in the UK and Australia, both of whom have declined to step in and stump up the cash that would keep them airborne.

Branson says his airline needs government money to survive. Billionaires are surely the purest expression of capitalism, the clearest example of what an individual can achieve if the government just gets out of the way.