96 Facts About Richard Branson

1. Richard Branson launched a $25 million global contest for carbon dioxide removal technology in 2007.

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2. Richard Branson is pursuing commercial space flight and has his hand in many businesses, but Branson appears happy.

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3. In 1986 Richard Branson was part of a two-man team that set a record for a powerboat crossing of the Atlantic Ocean.

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4. Richard Branson purchased the island with two other partners in 2003 for nearly $3 million.

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5. Richard Branson typically visits the island every year when he is in Australia.

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6. Richard Branson purchased with partners Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas back in March 2018 and are currently in a process of converting it to a Virgin Hotels.

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7. In 2013, Richard Branson described himself as a "tax exile", having saved millions in tax by ending his mainland British residency and living in the British Virgin Islands.

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8. In 2006, Richard Branson formed VirginCare which used the technology backbone already set by other Virgin ventures and helped take patient care to a new level.

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9. In 1989, Richard Branson wed Joan Templeman of Glasgow-He arrived at the wedding ceremony hanging from a helicopter.

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10. In 1991, Richard Branson became the first person to cross the Pacific Ocean in a balloon.

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11. Richard Branson relies on creative investment schemes and extremely private holdings.

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12. Richard Branson maintains a controlling interest in every company that he starts.

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13. Richard Branson went on to sign contracts with singers and guitarists including Peter Gabriel, Phil Collins, Janet Jackson, and the Rolling Stones.

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14. In 1973, Richard Branson expanded his business interests and established Virgin Records in part to provide a recording vehicle for a talented friend, Mike Oldfield.

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15. Richard Branson started his second business in 1970, a mail-order retail record company called Virgin Mail.

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16. Richard Branson was born on July 18, 1950 into a middle class family in the English county of Surrey.

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17. Richard Branson is an English business magnate, philanthropist, and investor.

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18. Richard Branson is married to his second wife, Joan Templeman, with whom he has two children: Holly and Sam.

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19. Richard Branson is known for his sporting achievements, notably the record-breaking Atlantic crossing in Virgin Atlantic Challenger II in 1986, and the first crossing by hot-air balloon of the Atlantic and Pacific (1991).

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20. Richard Branson expanded his entrepreneurial efforts yet again, this time to include the Voyager Group travel company in 1980, the Virgin Atlantic airline in 1984 and a series of Virgin Megastores.

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21. Richard Branson struggled with being dyslexic all through his schooling.

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22. Richard Branson dropped out of school at the age of 15 and started a magazine by the name Student.

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23. Richard Branson is a true compadre when it comes to business philosophy", said Mah.

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24. Richard Branson was taken to hospital in Miami for X-rays and scans.

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25. Richard Branson is an experienced kitesurfer, holding some world records in the sport.

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26. Richard Branson stated in an interview with Piers Morgan that he and Joan had a daughter named Clare Sarah, who died when she was four days old in 1979.

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27. In 2013, Richard Branson described himself as a "tax exile", having saved millions in tax by surrendering his British citizenship.

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28. Richard Branson responded that he is living on Necker for health rather than tax reasons.

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29. On 21 September 2014, Richard Branson was recognized by The Sunday Times as the most admired business person over the last five decades.

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30. Richard Branson was knighted by Charles, Prince of Wales on 30 March 2000 at an investiture in Buckingham Palace.

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31. Richard Branson endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in the run-up for the 2016 US presidential election.

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32. Richard Branson issued a statement saying, "The disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi Government.

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33. In 2014, Richard Branson joined forces with African Wildlife Foundation and partner WildAid for the "Say No" Campaign, an initiative to bring public awareness to the issues of wildlife poaching and trafficking.

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34. In December 2013, Richard Branson urged companies to boycott Uganda because of its "anti-homosexuality bill".

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35. On 8 May 2009, Richard Branson took over Mia Farrow's hunger strike for three days in protest of the Sudanese government expulsion of aid groups from the Darfur region.

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36. In July 2010, Richard Branson narrated Australian sailor Jessica Watson's documentary about her solo sailing trip around the world.

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37. Richard Branson has a cameo in the James Bond film Casino Royale.

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38. Richard Branson has a cameo appearance in several films: Around the World in 80 Days, where he played a hot-air balloon operator, and Superman Returns (2006), where he was credited as a 'Shuttle Engineer' and appeared alongside his son, Sam, with a Virgin Galactic-style commercial suborbital shuttle at the centre of his storyline.

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39. Richard Branson is caricatured in The Simpsons episode "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" as the tycoon Arthur Fortune, as the ballooning megalomaniac Richard Chutney in Believe Nothing, and voiced himself in "The Princess Guide".

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40. Richard Branson was the star of a reality television show on Fox called The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best, in which sixteen contestants were tested for their entrepreneurship and sense of adventure and only lasted one season.

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41. Richard Branson made several world record-breaking attempts after 1985, when in the spirit of the Blue Riband he attempted the fastest Atlantic Ocean crossing.

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42. Richard Branson became the richest Shark to have appeared on the show.

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43. Richard Branson told the young business man that he reminded him of himself.

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44. In October 2017, Richard Branson appeared on the Season 9 Premiere of Shark Tank as a guest investor, where he invested in Locker Board, a sustainable line of skateboards invented by 11-year-old, Carson Kropfl.

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45. Richard Branson joined the board of directors, and in December 2017, became its chairman.

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46. In September 2014, Richard Branson announced his investment in drone company 3D Robotics stating, "It's amazing to see what a little flying object with a GoPro attached can do.

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47. Richard Branson kept his word after losing the bet, as he served his duty as a stewardess on an Air Asia flight between Perth and Kuala Lumpur on 12 May 2013.

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48. In 1993, Richard Branson took what many saw as being one of his riskier business exploits by entering into the railway business.

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49. Richard Branson leased studio time to fledgling artists, including multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield, whose debut album Tubular Bells was the first release for Virgin Records and became a chart-topping best-seller.

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50. Richard Branson bought a country estate north of Oxford in which he installed a residential recording studio, The Manor Studio.

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51. Richard Branson once said, "There is no point in starting your own business unless you do it out of a sense of frustration.

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52. Richard Branson interviewed several prominent personalities of the late 1960s for the magazine including Mick Jagger and R D Laing.

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53. Richard Branson started his record business from the church where he ran Student magazine.

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54. In June 2018, Forbes listed Richard Branson's estimated net worth at US$5.1 billion.

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55. In March 2000, Richard Branson was knighted at Buckingham Palace for "services to entrepreneurship".

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56. Richard Branson founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies.

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57. Richard Branson has agreed to make a small investment and lend the Virgin brand to.

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58. Richard Branson has agreed to make a small investment and lend the.

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59. Richard Branson discussed this in the book "The Mind of the CEO", saying that as the top executive, "you've got to be the first into the.

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60. Richard Branson gave Elon Musk a brilliant career tip you need to steal right now.

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61. Richard Branson says, 'Train people well enough so they can leave.

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62. Richard Branson is quoted as saying he would never have built Virgin without the guidance of his mentor, Sir Freddie Laker, of Laker Airways.

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63. Richard Branson eyes off Dunk Island while Bowen's Grandview sells for a hefty $20 million.

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64. Richard Branson was ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church Monastery.

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65. In 1998, Richard Branson released his autobiography, titled Losing My Virginity, an international best-seller.

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66. On 29 October 2015, Richard Branson was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 1 in the list of 100 Most Influential British Entrepreneurs.

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67. On 15 May 2014, Richard Branson received the 2014 Business for Peace Award, awarded annually by the Business for Peace Foundation in Oslo, Norway.

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68. On 11 February 2012, Richard Branson was honoured with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences' President's Merit Award for his contributions to the music industry.

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69. On 14 November 2011, Richard Branson was awarded the ISTA Prize by the International Space Transport Association in The Hague for his pioneering achievements in the development of suborbital transport systems with "Virgin Galactic".

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70. On 24 January 2011, Richard Branson was awarded the German Media Prize, previously handed to former US president Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama.

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71. Richard Branson was ranked in 2007's Time magazine "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World".

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72. Richard Branson appears at No 85 on the 2002 list of 100 Greatest Britons on the BBC and voted for by the public.

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73. In 1993, Richard Branson was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Technology from Loughborough University.

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74. Richard Branson has supported continuing British membership of the European Union and was opposed to the 2016 referendum.

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75. In 2011, Richard Branson served on the Global Commission on Drug Policy with former political and cultural leaders of Latin America and elsewhere, "in a bid to boost the effort to achieve more humane and rational drug laws.

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76. Richard Branson is a signatory of Global Zero campaign, a non-profit international initiative for the elimination of all nuclear weapons worldwide.

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77. In March 2008, Richard Branson hosted an environmental gathering at his private island, Necker Island, in the Caribbean with several prominent entrepreneurs, celebrities, and world leaders.

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78. Richard Branson is a Star Trek fan and named his new spaceship VSS Enterprise in honour of the Star Trek spaceships, and in 2006, reportedly offered actor William Shatner a ride on the inaugural space launch of Virgin Galactic.

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79. Richard Branson appears in a cameo early in XTC's "Generals and Majors" video.

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80. Richard Branson has guest starred, usually playing himself, on several television shows, including Friends, Baywatch, Birds of a Feather, Only Fools and Horses, The Day Today, a special episode of the comedy Goodness Gracious Me and Tripping Over.

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81. In April 2018, Richard Branson announced the acquisition of the Las Vegas based Hard Rock Casino-Hotel with plans to re-brand the property under his Virgin Hotels business.

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82. In 2014, Richard Branson launched the "Foodpreneur" food and drink-focused start-up competition.

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83. In July 2012, Richard Branson announced plans to build an orbital space launch system, designated LauncherOne.

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84. In 2010, Richard Branson became patron of the UK's Gordon Bennett 2010 gas balloon race, which has 16 hydrogen balloons flying across Europe.

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85. Richard Branson launched the Virgin Health Bank on 1 February 2007, offering parents-to-be the opportunity to store their baby's umbilical cord blood stem cells in private and public stem-cell banks.

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86. In 2006, Richard Branson formed Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation, an entertainment company focused on creating new stories and characters for a global audience.

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87. Richard Branson used to own three-quarters of Virgin Mobile, whereas now he owns 15 percent of the new Virgin Media company.

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88. On 21 September 2006, Richard Branson pledged to invest the profits of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Trains in research for environmentally-friendly fuels.

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89. On 25 September 2004, Richard Branson announced the signing of a deal under which a new space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, will license the technology behind SpaceshipOne—funded by Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and designed by aeronautical engineer Burt Rutan—to take paying passengers into suborbital space.

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90. Richard Branson wrote in his autobiography of the decision to start an airline.

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91. Richard Branson launched Virgin Mobile in 1999, and Virgin Blue in Australia in 2000.

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92. Richard Branson distributed his compensation among his staff.

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93. Richard Branson eventually started a record shop in Oxford Street in London.

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94. Richard Branson advertised popular records in Student, and it was an overnight success.

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95. Richard Branson was educated at Scaitcliffe School, a prep school in Surrey, before briefly attending Cliff View House School in Sussex.

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96. Richard Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age.

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