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’m optimistic because I think the global community is moving in the right direction. The concerts that took place prior to Nelson Mandela’s release, people like Peter Gabrielle, the songs like Steve Biko, that saw Mandela’s release, that brought about the end of apartheid, those great concerts were a sign of the times. I think that wonderful concerts are taking place on global warming and concerts, that’s the sign of the times. It shows that the people are now wanting their voices to be heard and governments are going to have to listen.