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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 18 July 1950Blackheath, London, England, UK
Birth NameRichard Charles Nicholas Branson
Nickname Rich
Height 5' 11" (1.8 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Richard Branson was born on July 18, 1950 in Blackheath, London, England as Richard Charles Nicholas Branson. He is a producer and actor, known for Equation of Change (2010), Jambo Jumbo (2010) and Fields of Fuel (2008). He has been married to Joan Templeman since December 20, 1989. They have three children. He was previously married to Kristen Tomassi.

Spouse (2)

Joan Templeman (20 December 1989 - present) (3 children)
Kristen Tomassi (22 July 1972 - 1979) (divorced)

Trade Mark (1)

His Beard

Trivia (19)

He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2000 Queen's Millennium New Years Honours List for his services to entrepreneurship.
Owner of The Virgin Group, which has more than 200 entertainment, media and travel companies around the world. Virgin's interests include an airline, airships, retailing (music, videos and computer games), beverages, cosmetics, clothing, financial services, night clubs, health clubs, internet services, mobile phone services, passenger trains, publishing, record labels (V2 Records), tour operation, film and TV production, and condoms.
His first business, a used record store, was called "Virgin Records" because it was his first business venture ever.
When he started his record label, the first artist he signed was his school friend, Mike Oldfield. His album-length composition, "Tubular Bells", became a multi-million seller after it was used as the theme to the film, The Exorcist (1973).
Started Virgin Atlantic Airways after a flight he was scheduled for was cancelled. Upon hearing of the cancellation, he quickly had a charter jet liner secured, and invited the passengers of the cancelled flight to fly for free. He jokingly posted a hand-lettered sign above the entryway, reading, "Virgin Atlantic Airways - Flight 1." Several of the passengers of that flight became investors of the airline. Ironically, just before Virgin Records was purchased in 1992 by the EMI Group, the label was distributed as a stand-alone venture by Atlantic Records in the USA from 1986 to 1992.
Has opened a chain of bridal shops in England named Virgin Bride.
Recently registered the business name "Virgin Interplanetary", in case space travel becomes commercially viable.
Has expressed interest in opening a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
Daughter Holly is studying at London's University College in hopes of becoming a pediatrician
Father, with Joan Templeman, of son Sam Branson (b. 1985) and the daughters Sarah Clare (*/+ 1979, died when she was just four days old after being born three months premature) and Holly Branson (b. 1982).
Dyslexic.
Dropped out of school when he was 15.
Was featured in the Friends (1994) episode, Friends: The One with Ross's Wedding: Part One (1998), when "Friends" went to London. In the episode, he sold British souvenirs to Joey and Chandler. It had been reported he was very nervous about forgetting his lines but all went well. It was noticeable in all the scenes in the episode, which featured airports or airplanes, show the logo of "Virgin Atlantic", the airline of Richard Branson.
Co-founded, with Nelson Mandela and Peter Gabriel, world human rights advocacy group The Elders in July 2007.
First car he ever owned was a 1968 British Morris Mini-Minor.
Branson's Caribbean retreat is called Necker Island which is part of the British Virgin Islands (naturally enough). Purchased in the late 1970s for a reported $200K when it was desolate and uninhabited, the paradise island is part home to his family, his $30m catamaran yacht "Necker Belle" and his battery-powered, 3-seater mini-submarine "Necker Nymph".
Ranked #16 on the 1,000 richest people in the UK with earnings of £3,410m, as documented by The Sunday Times "Rich List" (2012) annual supplement.
Keeps a hammock in his office in which he likes to brainstorm.
Kensington, London, England [May 2009]

Personal Quotes (11)

For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.
A generation ago, the image was that you had to trample everyone else down to succeed - but I don't believe that makes good business sense. If you're the kind of person that jumps down the throat of people, you're not going to be successful.
The funny thing is people won't let me pay for things. I'll be in a restaurant and the manager will say: 'Oh no, it's on the house.'
I'm a bit like the Queen in that I don't carry much cash.
If you're embarking around the world in a hot-air balloon, don't forget the toilet paper.
To me, business isn't about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It's about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.
I'm a lad of the '60s. I started a magazine to try and end the Vietnam war, but it was a number of years before I had the profile, the financial resources and the time to do more.
We're one of the only animals in the world that don't really think of ourselves as animals, but we are animals and we must respect our fellow animals.
The majestic and powerful polar bear is an iconic symbol of Canada around the world. With their habitat increasingly threatened and their very survival in jeopardy, now is the time for action. We owe it to the next generation to ensure that these magnificent animals will live on.
Don't forget: never accept the unacceptable. Now we just need to get on with it and make it happen - quickly. Can you imagine what a different world we will live in when businesses do what's right for the communities and the environment in everything they do?
For a while now, space has been looking boring. News about space was reduced to budget cuts and deorbiting schedules, not research and innovation. Then, the private sector began designing spaceships to send payloads and people into orbit and beyond. Today, teams like Elon Musk's "SpaceX" are reopening space for exploration..It's a paradox that Elon is working to improve our planet at the same time he's building spaceships to help us leave it. But true vision is binocular, and Elon Musk is clearly a man who can see many things at once.

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