Richard Branson is a British entrepreneur known for his philanthropic projects and his taste for adventure. He is the founder and chairman of Virgin Group Ltd., a conglomerate of separately run companies which include radio stations, airlines, and mobile phones. The Virgin Group now owns around 200 companies in over 30 countries. Virgin also plans to launch commercial space flights over the next few years in a venture called Virgin Galactic.
Branson was born in 1950 in Surrey, England, and was educated at Stowe School, where he established a national magazine, Student, at the age of 16. He is married with two children and lives in London and Oxfordshire.
Richard Branson: I’ve been brought up in the 60s. It was a time where, well it was hippie times. I wore long hair. I wore the clothes that I wanted to wear. It was a time when people cared about minority groups. The gay community became accepted by people in the 60s; the lesbian community.
It was a time of people embracing, embracing society, embracing each other. And I’d like to think that’s rubbed off on me. And one of the Sex Pistol’s songs was something along the lines of “old hippies never die”. And I think I’m an old hippie, and hopefully I’ll never die either.
Recorded on: July 5, 2007