RICHARD BRANSON Biography - Bussiness people and enterpreneurs


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Name: Richard Charles Nicholas Branson                                             
Born: 18 July 1950 Shamley Green, Surrey, England, UK                             
Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English             
entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies.               
Branson's first successful business venture was at age 15, when he published a     
magazine called Student. He then set up a record mail-order business in 1970. In   
1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin   
Megastores and rebranded as zavvi in late 2007.                                   
With his flamboyant and competitive style, Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly     
during the 1980s - as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin   
Records music label.                                                               
Today, his net worth is estimated at over £4 billion (US$7.8 billion) according   
to The Sunday Times Rich List 2006, or US$3.8 billion according to Forbes