Sir Richard Branson
Richard Branson was born in 1950 and educated at Stowe School. It was here that he set up Student magazine when he was 16In 1970 he founded Virgin as a mail order record retailer, and shortly afterwards he opened a record shop in Oxford Street, London. In 1972 we built a recording studio in Oxfordshire where the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, recorded 'Tubular Bells'. In 1977 he signed the Sex Pistols and he went on to sign many household names from Culture Club to the Rolling Stones, helping to make Virgin Music one of the top six record companies in the world.
With around 200 companies in over 30 countries, the Virgin Group has now expanded into leisure, travel, tourism, mobile, broadband, TV, radio, music festivals, finance and health and through Virgin Green Fund;- they are investing in renewable energy and resource efficiency. In February 2007, it was announced the Virgin Earth Challenge;- a $25 million prize to encourage a viable technology which will result in the net removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases. In July of the same year he had the honour of joining his good friend Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, and Desmond Tutu to announce the formation of The Elders, a group of leaders to contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world's toughest problems.
Richard is also very proud of the work of Virgin Unite, the not-for-profit entrepreneurial foundation, which continues to focus on entrepreneurial approaches to social and environmental issues and enjoy supporting their work in every way he can.
In 2009 Richard launched Virgin Money Giving, a not-for-profit online fundraising service, giving international charities a massive boost. In 2010 Virgin Money sponsored the London Marathon for the first time.
Check out Richard's blog to keep up with his charity work, travel updates and business ideas every day!
Items listed by Sir Richard Branson
A unique chance to own the distinctive bright red jacket in which Sir Richard Branson fired the starting gun for the 2011 London Marathon!
It comes with a photograph of the Virgin entrepreneur starting the race, wearing the jacket.
21:00 15th Jul 2012
This is a hard back copy of Sir Richard Branson's 3rd book, 'Business Stripped Bare'.
He has personally written 'good luck' and signed the book a couple of pages in (as shown in the pictures).
It gives a fantastic insight into how he achieved ...
21:15 28th Aug 2011