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 try to become a slightly more responsible person than, perhaps, I was many years ago. Let’s just think. Now I’m being a bit repetitive.
I just don’t want to waste the position I’m in. And it would be easier almost just to say, it’s school holiday time and I’m just going to go off to the beach, etc.
When the kids were growing up, I did make sure I planned family time for the family. But now that the kids have grown up, I can make sure I found the time to say yes to people who have asked me to do things which will make a real difference in the world. And that’s what I plan to do.
Recorded on: July 5, 2007