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Sir Richard Branson is a businessman investor from the UK. He is the founder of the Virgin Group which is made up of more than four hundred companies.

Branson famously left school at sixteen and began his entrepreneurial journey immediately when he started a magazine and quickly branched out into the record business..

Branson now heads a globally recognised brand, fuels global humanitarian efforts and is famous for his adventurous spirit.

 

The Early Days

richard branson billionaireAfter being challenged for many years by his dyslexia, Richard Branson decided to leave school at sixteen to start a youth culture magazine called Student. The idea was it was to be a magazine run by students for students and Branson sold the first fifty thousand copies for free after covering costs by selling over $8,000 worth of advertising.

At the age of nineteen, Branson was living in a London commune and was in close contact with the music and drug scene. It was whilst in this environment that he had the idea of starting a mail-order record company called Virgin to help fund his magazine. The company did well enough for Branson to expand his business by adding a record shop in the famous Oxford Street, London. After the record company began to do well, the boy who dropped out of school was able to build his first recording studio.

 

Virgin Records

Branson and Virgin Record’s first recording was the smash hit ‘Tubular Bells’ by Mike Oldfield. The song stayed in the UK charts for two hundred and forty seven weeks. Eager to rapidly build on the success, Branson signed other up and coming groups to his label, including the Sex Pistols. Virgin Records then grew to one of the biggest record companies in the world as Branson proceeded to sign Genesis, Culture Club and The Rolling Stones.

 

 “Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again.” – Richard Branson

The Growth of an Empire

richard branson virginBranson continued to increase his entrepreneurial efforts, including the travel company Voyager Group in 1980 and the birth of the airline Virgin Atlantic in 1984, as well as a series of Virgin Megastores. However, his journey was not without some adversity and in 1992 Virgin found itself struggling to function financially and Virgin Records was sold that same year to EMI for $1 Billion. Branson was deeply hurt by having to sell the record business where it all started and he apparently cried when the sale was finalized. He was adamant that he was going to stay in the music business and he founded Virgin Radio in 1993 and started a second record company, V2 in 1996.

Branson’s Virgin Group has grown to hold more than 400 companies across the globe with business activity in the UK, the USA, Australia, Canada, Asia, South Africa and mainland Europe. The Virgin Group and Branson have expanded into trains, mobile phones, TV, drinks, banks and more.

 

 

Richard Branson’s estimated net worth is $4.7 Billion.

 

Virgin Galactic

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Recently, the ambitious and adventurous Richard Branson has dedicated a large portion of his time and energy to his space tourism project. In the autumn of 2000, Branson announced that Virgin Galactic will license the technology behind Spaceship One funded by the co-founder of Microsoft, Paul Allen and designed by the renowned aeronautical engineer from the USA, Burt Rutan.  The vision is to take paying passengers into space at a cost of $200,000. By 2014 over five hundred people had purchased tickets to go on one of Virgin Galactic’s Voyages.

 

 

 

Humanitarian Efforts

richard branson virgin Towards the end of the 1990’s, Branson and musician Peter Gabriel met with Nelson Mandela to discuss their idea of a group of leaders with no personal agenda, working together to tackle global conflicts. In the summer of 2007, Mandela announced the formation of an independently funded group of donors ‘The Elders’ who were to use their skills to find peaceful resolutions to conflicts. They would also create new approaches to global challenges that were causing or may cause human suffering.  In 1999, Branson became the founding sponsor of  the International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children. The organizations goal is to locate missing children and put an end to the exploitation of young people.

 

 

“My philosophy is that if I have any money I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around.” – Richard Branson

 

richard branson net worthIn 2008 Branson was the host of a gathering designed to discuss global warming related problems that face the world with the view of it being the first of many meetings. Branson held the meeting on his private island in the British Virgin Islands and British Prime Minister Tony Blair, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales and Google’s Larry Page were all present.

Late 2013, Branson urged businesses to boycott Uganda because of the bill it had passed against homosexuality. Branson stated that it would be against his conscience to support the country and that governments had to realize that people should be free to love who they want.

 

 

Conclusion

Richard Branson has made himself a billionaire whilst enriching the lives of other through business and humanitarian work. His ability to take things that already exist and do them better is incredible as well his ability to keep creating business ideas whilst not being deterred by ‘failures’.

As people that are looking to be successful in life we can truly learn from Richard Branson’s philosophy of embracing ‘failures’ and learning from them to ultimately achieve great things.

 

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Jermaine Harris is a Coach, Trader, Author and Speaker. He is passionate about human potential and empowering others to change their lives in the same way he did. Jermaine believes that the opposite of being 'stuck in a rut' is possible and explains how in his book, The Rut Buster. Get to know Jermaine better at: jermaine-harris.com

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