The Two Minute Bio: Sir Richard Branson

“You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.” Richard Branson.

Richard Branson was born in 1950, in Surrey, England. His father was a barrister and his mother a flight attendant. Richard Branson is known for Virgin Records, his entrepreneurship , his airline and now his Virgin Galactic endeavours. His starting point in school was stalled by his battle with dyslexia and he wanted to drop out so that’s what he did at age 16.

He decided to start a youth magazine called Student which attracted advertising of $8000 in its first edition. That wasn’t enough for him and he invested money into building a recording studio. The 1980s treated Branson well and Virgin Records is now in the top six recording studios in the world.

His Virgin Group holds more than 200 companies, including the recent Virgin Galactic, a space-tourism company. Branson is also known for his adventurous spirit and sporting achievements, including crossing oceans in a hot air balloon.

Net worth $5.1b


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