Richard Branson happens to be a British business tycoon, Investor, author, and Internet personality. Richard Branson has gained fame as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group. Likewise, he is one of the richest men in the UK and also one of the most influential people in the world.
Table of Biography
Richard Branson was born in the year 1950 and celebrates his birthday on the 18th of July every year. Likewise, as of now, he is 72 years old. The business tycoon was born in London, England. In addition, the business tycoon belongs of British nationality and was born under the star sign Cancer.
Moving on towards the family background of the celebrity businessman, he was born to Edward James Branson and Eve Huntley Flindt. Likewise, his father is a former Barrister and his mother happens to be a former Ballet dancer and air hostess. Talking of siblings, he has two younger sisters named Lindy Branson and Venessa Branson. He comes from a lineage of great men.
Reflecting upon the educational background of the celebrity businessman, he went on to attend Scaitcliffe School. Likewise, he also briefly attended Cliff View House School in Sussex. Similarly, he also attended Stowe School located in Buckinghamshire until the age of Sixteen. In addition, he also has dyslexia and had poor academic performance; his headmaster, Robert Drayson, told him on his last day at school that he would either wind up in prison or become a millionaire.
Career and Professional Life
Richard Branson is a business tycoon. Likewise, he is one of the influential and richest people in the world. Branson established a tiny recording studio in Oxfordshire, England. It was established in 1972 during the music-drug scene in the early 1970s in the United Kingdom. Mike Oldfield was the first artist signed to the Virgin Records label, and he released the song “Tubular Bells.”
Following Oldfield’s success, he went on to sign the Rolling Stones, the Sex Pistols, and the Culture Club to Virgin Records. These bands would go on to make Virgin Records one of the most successful record labels in the world.
In 1980, after the success of Virgin Records, he expanded his entrepreneurial activities and founded the Voyager Group, a travel company. In 1984, he extended his business by founding his airline group. It was named the ‘Virgin Atlantic,’ as well as a network of Virgin Megastores. He wasn’t always successful, and his enterprises had their share of cash flow issues.
Further, In the year 1996, he founded V2, a record label that is still active today, and has signed musicians such as Tom Jones and Powder Finger. On September 25, 2004, he announced the formation of ‘Virgin Galactic,’ a new space tourism enterprise with the help of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and Burt Rutan.
In 2004, he served as a judge on the reality show ‘The Rebel Billionaire: Branson’s Quest for the Best,’ in which 14 contestants were judged on their business acumen. He also had a cameo appearance in ‘Around the World in 80 Days’ the same year. On February 1, 2007, he unveiled the Virgin Health Bank. Likewise, the bank allowed expectant parents to save stem cells for the future. It also gives parents the option of storing their baby’s umbilical cord.
Net worth and Awards
Being a successful business tycoon and entrepreneur, he certainly has earned a huge deal of wealth throughout his entrepreneurial career. As of now, he has a net worth of 3.9 billion dollars. Likewise, he has earned such a hefty deal of money through his various companies and endeavors.
Richard has been married twice to date. He first married Kristen Tomassi in the year 1972 and later divorced in the year 1979. Likewise, he later married Joan Templeman. The pair has two children named Holly and San Branson. As of now, the couple is living a happy married life.
Body measurements and Social media
When talking of body measurements of the celebrity entrepreneur, Richard has a dit body. Likewise, he stands tall at 5 feet 10 inches and weighs 75 kg. In addition, the business tycoon has a pair of beautiful blue eyes with white hair.
The business tycoon has a huge social media presence. Likewise, as of now, he has over 12.6 million followers on his Twitter and 4.6 million followers on both his Instagram and Facebook.