1. Richard Branson launched a $25 million global contest for carbon dioxide removal technology in 2007.
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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93. Richard Branson eventually started a record shop in Oxford Street in London.
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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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