Richard Branson
Name: Richard Branson
Hobbies/Interests: animals, food & drink, technology, travel
Endorsements: Clinton Global Initiative; Samsonite
Charities: Cancer Research UK; Children With Leukaemia; CSV; Fairtrade Foundation; Help For Heroes; NSPCC; Rainbow Trust Children's Charity; Swan Lifeline; The Mineseeker Foundation; The Terrence Higgins Trust

Biography
Richard Branson is the charasmatic and flamboyant founder of the Virgin brand.

His entrepreneurial ways began early when he was publishing a student magazine at just 16 years. Branson did not go on to graduate school but in 1970 the now famous Virgin brand had its beginnings in the form of a discount records mail order venture

He then set up an audio record mail-order business in 1970.

Soon after opening a record store on Oxford Street, London, Branson began a recording label in 1972, Virgin Records. This was to be the first major success for the British entrepreneur as he started the label with a hit record. The instrumental artist Mike Oldfield's "Tubular Bells" released in 1973 was a cash cow for Branson's Virgin Records and it stayed in the UK music charts for 247 weeks. The record label went on to sign top music artists like "Genesis", "The Sex Pistols", "The Rolling Stones" and "Simple Minds". The Virgin Records Group was sold in 1992 to THORN EMI for $1 billion USD

The Virgin names includes many successful brands such as Virgin Books, Atlantic, Megastores, Trains, Holidays and more recently Virgin Galactic and Virgin Racing.

Richard Branson is the 261st richest person in the world according to Forbes' 2009 list of billionaires, with an estimated net worth of approximately 2.6 billion.