Friday, February 15, 2008

Sir Richard Branson.....Founder of Virgin Group:

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson was born in 18 July 1950. He is an English entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies.

Branson's first successful business venture was at age 15, when he published a magazine called Student. He then set up a record mail-order business in 1970. In 1971, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores and rebranded as zavvi in late 2007.

With his different and competitive style, Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s - as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label.

Today, his net worth is estimated at over $7.8 billion. according to The Sunday Times Rich List 2006, or US$3.8 billion according to Forbes Megazine. why is their different opinion about branson's money? the Answer is.....I don't know...:)

Early life of Sir Richard Branson's

Branson was born at Stonefield Nursing Home in Blackheath, South London, the son of Edward James Branson and Eve née Huntley Flindt. His grandfather, the Right Honourable Sir George Arthur Harwin Branson, was a Judge of the High Court of Justice and a Privy Councillor. Branson was educated at Scaitcliffe School which is know known as Bishopsgate School, until the age of thirteen. He then attended Stowe School until he was fifteen. Branson has dyslexia, resulting in poor academic performance as a student. He was the captain of football, rugby union and cricket teams, and by the age of fifteen he had started two ventures that eventually failed: one growing Christmas trees and another raising budgerigars.

At sixteen, Branson left school and moved to London, where he began his first successful business, Student magazine. When he was seventeen, he opened his first charity, the "Student Advisory Centre."

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