Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is a British business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group in the 1970s, which now controls more than 400 companies in various different fields.
It is only a small percentage of people who are born with an inbuilt desire, a desire to be an entrepreneur and it is fair to say Richard Branson is one of those people.
Totally self made and with a personal fortune in the billions of dollars but for the true entrepreneur money is never really the only motivation.
Whilst most of us live out our lives and take what we need there are the few whose life mission is to make the world a better place, to create products and services that enhance lives, to make strides in certain areas that improves lives and placing Sir Richard in this category would be more than appropriate.
It is also fair to believe that he is not motivated by merely accumulating money and has a firm moral compass which can be verified by his many charitable activities.
Recently voted one of the most influential people on the planet he is a very inspirational figure in the business world and indeed to us all. This is amplified all the more when in the video his interview he confesses his suffering with dyslexia from an early age and further proves that such a problem or disability can prove to be your end or be used to spur you on to achieve your goals and realise your dreams.
Not just known for his entrepreneurship, Sir Richard has certain notoriety for his adventurism and has not lost his zest for life. His latest ventures with Virgin Galactic involves bold going where no man has gone before and if any one man was about to introduce passenger trips into outer space then he would be that one man.
The signs are that Richard Branson is not yet about to melt away into retirement.
Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age. His first business venture, at the age of 16, was a magazine called Student. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. He opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records—later known as Virgin Megastores—in 1972. Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he started Virgin Atlantic airline and expanded the Virgin Records music label. In 2004, he founded spaceflight corporation Virgin Galactic, based at Mojave Air and Space Port, noted for the SpaceShipTwo suborbital spaceplane designed for space tourism.
In March 2000, Branson was knighted at Buckingham Palace for “services to entrepreneurship”.For his work in retail, music and transport (with interests in land, air, sea and space travel), his taste for adventure, and for his humanitarian work, he has become a prominent global figure. In 2007, he was placed in the Time 100 Most Influential People in The World list.