The billionaire of billionaires
He is one of the billionaires who is dyslexic, not very academic but certainly a maverick who dropped out of school at 15.
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He was born July 18, 1950.
He is an English entrepreneur.
His first successful business venture was at age 16, when he published a magazine called Student.
He then set up an audio record mail-order business in 1970.
My first love in direct marketing.
Today he owns the Virgin brand for over 360 companies. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores and rebranded after a management buyout as Zavvi in late 2007.
With his flamboyant 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.
Richard Branson is the 261st richest person according to Forbes' 2009 list of the richest people in the world, with an estimated net worth of approximately £1.5 billion (US$2.5 billion).
He's ballooned across the Atlantic, floated down the Thames with the Sex Pistols, and been knighted by the Queen. His megabrand, Virgin, is home to a variety of companies, from gyms, gambling houses and bridal boutiques to fleets of planes, trains and limousines.
Richard owns his own island.
Necker Island. Hey Richard, I'm waiting for my invitation.
Now Richard Branson is moving onward and upward into space (tourism): Virgin Galactic's Philippe Starck-designed, Burt Rutan-engineered spacecraft are slated to start carrying passengers into the thermosphere in 2009, at $200,000 a ticket.
Branson also has a philanthropic streak. He's pledged the next 10 years of profits from his transportation empire (an amount expected to reach $3 billion) to the development of renewable alternatives to carbon fuels. And then there's his Virgin Earth Challenge, which offers a $25 million prize to the first person to come up with an economically viable solution to the greenhouse gas problem.
Discover in the following video how he answers these BIG questions...
Is capitalism the best system?
What are the billionaires responsabilities?
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