Sir Richard Branson, The Founder Of The Virgin Group
Business tycoon, Sir Richard Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is one of those entrepreneurs whom the world looks up to. In 1999, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his relentless “services for entrepreneurship”, as quoted in the UK Millennium New Year’s Honour List. An incredible inspiration, Richard Branson is the sole owner of the Virgin Group of companies that has plenty of business concerns under its umbrella
His First Business Venture? The Magazine ‘Student’
Branson dropped out of school at the age of 15 and started a magazine by the name Student. This magazine was his first ever business venture (1968). Who knew things would soar for this young lad so much that he would become one of the most sought after personalities of the world.
Virgin is today one of the world’s most irresistible brands and has expanded into many diverse sectors from travel to telecommunications, health to banking and music to leisure. There are now more than 100 Virgin companies worldwide, employing approximately 60,000 people in over 50 countries.
Having started Virgin as a mail order record retailer in 1970, Branson founded Virgin Records and opened a record shop on Oxford Street, London. After building a recording studio, The Manor, the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, recorded and released ‘Tubular Bells’. Virgin Records went on to sign household names from the Sex Pistols to The Rolling Stones, becoming the biggest independent label in the world.
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