Sir Richard Branson says he has been caught up in phone hacking allegations plaguing the Rupert Murdoch-owned News of the World.

During a visit to Brisbane yesterday, the British entrepreneur was asked if he had been targeted by the British newspaper.

"Yes, the police contacted me a couple of days ago to say my ... phones have been accessed," he said.

"I wish I had lived a more exciting life," he joked. He said that even the phones of his neighbours had been hacked.

The newspaper is under investigation over several phone-hacking claims.