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.
Question: What is a question people should be asking themselves?
Richard Branson: Do we really need to go through all those horrors, those trials and the executions? Isn’t there a better way?
In America, do we still need to execute thousands of people every year for crimes? It’s dehumanizing our souls allowing that to happen, knowing that a lot of those people are innocent. It’s just a fact of life that a lot of those people are gonna be innocent.
So it's another question I’ll ask is, “Why can’t we become civilized?” We’re intelligent people. We should become civilized.
Recorded on: July 5, 2007