SIR RICHARD BRANSON

Founder of the Virgin Group

Famous for his daring entrepreneurial style, and daring record-breaking attempts, Sir Richard Branson has a knack for beating impossible odds in business and in life.

Sir Richard has started more than 400 companies, including over 60 current businesses serving more than 60 million customers worldwide. From Virgin Atlantic to Virgin Galactic these companies include more than 71,000 staff in 35 countries.

After starting Virgin as a mail order record retailer in 1970, Branson founded Virgin Records and opened a record shop on Oxford Street, London. After building a recording studio, the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, recorded and released the 15 million-selling ‘Tubular Bells’. Virgin Records went on to sign household names from the Sex Pistols to The Rolling Stones, becoming the biggest independent label in the world.

The Virgin brand has since expanded into many diverse sectors from travel to telecommunications, health to banking and music to leisure seeing Branson become the only person to build 18 billion-dollar companies in 12 different sectors.

With more than 40 million followers on social media he blogs daily on issues ranging from business to advocacy to personal updates. He has been named the UK’s number one Twitter user, the world’s most social CEO and the world’s most followed person on LinkedIn.

Since starting youth culture magazine Student aged 15, Richard has found entrepreneurial ways to provoke positive change in the world.

In 2004 he established non-profit foundation Virgin Unite to tackle tough social and environmental problems and strives to make business a force for good. Most of his time is now spent working with Virgin Unite and organisations it has incubated.

The author of six books, including his new autobiography Finding My Virginity, Sir Richard was awarded a knighthood in 1999 for services to entrepreneurship.

"Being an entrepreneur means to have an insatiable appetite for learning, evolving and creating. There is no one end goal."

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