Richard Branson (born 18.06.50) Richard Branson is and English businessman best known for his role as founder of the Virgin Group, comprising of over 400 companies.
Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2014, Richard Branson has a net worth of 5.1 billion USD. Richard
Childhood: Richard Branson was born in Blackheath, London, to Eve and Edward James Branson. He studied at Scaitcliffe School in Surrey, before attending Stowe School in Buckinghamshire between the ages of thirteen and sixteen. Despite having dyslexia, Branson was born with a savvy business mind and an affinity with other people.
Career: Branson began by creating a record business which was advertised through his magazine, 'The Student'. The magazine was based out of the crypt in an old church and became a success overnight. At the suggestion of one of his early employees, Branson adopted the name Virgin to reflect the company's small and fresh appearance on the market. Branson sold records through Virgin for less than the average retail price and, soon after opening his first high street store, was forced to pay a fine for selling products which had been declared as stock for export, and therefore paid less in tax. In 1972, Branson had earned enough money from his record store to launch Virgin Records with one of the store members, Nik Powell. He also bought an estate in Oxfordshire and created The Manor Studio, which he rented to smaller acts and artists. In 1984, Branson created Virgin Atlantic Airways, followed by the creation Virgin Express in 1993. Branson followed this in 1999 with the creation of Virgin Mobile. In 2004, Branson announced that Virgin Galactic had been created with the intention of making flights into suborbital space available to the public for 200,000 USD. In 2006, Branson merged Virgin Mobile with other companies to create Virgin Media. In the same year, he also announced that all profits from Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Trains would be put towards research for new, environmental fuels. Also in 2006, Branson launched Virgin Comic and Virgin Animation. The total combination of all of these companies (as well as many others) served to make Branson one of the top five richest men in the UK.
Personal Life: Richard Branson married Kristen Tomassi in 1972, although they were divorced in 1979. Branson then met and began a relationship with Joan Templeman, leading to the birth of their children. Their daughter, Holly, suggested at eight years old that her parents married, so in 1989, they did.
That's something we never thought we'd see.
MMA hero Conor McGregor finally met his match this week when he squared off against billionaire Sir Richard Branson on stage at a business convention in Ireland. Both men got shirtless; something we're sure doesn't happen at many business meetings for the members of the audience.
Conor McGregor at the British Fashion Awards
The 29-year-old UFC champion was being presented a Lifetime Achievement award by the Virgin entrepreneur at the Pendulum Summit in Dublin in front of hundreds of business leaders. But Branson, never being one to take life too seriously, wanted to turn up the heat.
Continue reading: The Hilarious Moment Richard Branson Faced Off Against Conor McGregor
Sir Richard Branson has revealed he will no longer be sponsoring V Festival.
Sir Richard Branson has revealed he will no longer be sponsoring V Festival.
The 67-year-old businessman has backed the annual summer festival for 22 years, but the star has revealed Virgin have pulled out and will no longer be backing the music extravaganza, although he has been ''proud'' to support the show for so long.
Speaking in a statement, he said: '' V Festival has always been a special weekend for everyone at Virgin.
Continue reading: Sir Richard Branson Will No Longer Back V Festival
The iconic punk band's name and artwork adorns the designs of three new Virgin Money credit cards.
Virgin Money has unveiled a new range of credit cards featuring punk-themed designs based around the artwork of Sex Pistols albums and singles. That noise you just felt was punk’s final death rattle, by the way.
The bank has rolled out three designs for the new cards, two of which are variations on the artwork for the Pistols’ seminal 1977 album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols (the only proper studio LP they ever recorded), and a third which uses the cover of 1976 single ‘Anarchy In The UK’.
What we imagined John Lydon's face looked like when he heard this news
Celebrities sign letter calling for drug law change
David Cameron will receive a letter from over 90 celebrities, politicians, lawyers and health experts, calling for a review of the current policy on the possession of illegal drugs.
Russell Brand has thrown his weight behind the campaign [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Mary Turner]
Public figures such as Russell Brand, Sting, Sir Richard Branson and Will Self as well as signatories from law enforcement, the Prison Governors Association and the National Black Police Association, have all supported the letter for change, which was drafted by the drug charity, Release.
Continue reading: Celebs Get Behind Pressure To Change UK Drug Laws By Signing Letter
The Sultan of Brunei has brought in Shariah law, celebs react in their outraged hoards.
Record producer Clive Davis has become the latest big name to shun hotels owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who announced last week that he would proceed with the introduction of the Islamic Sharia law, a criminal code that permits severing of limbs and death by stoning for people who are gay or commit adultery.
Clive Davis Has Joined Others In Boycotting The Dorchester Chain Of Hotels.
Through the Brunei Investment Agency, the Sultan owns the Dorchester Collection luxury hotel chain, which includes the Hotel Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. As a result of the Brunei law-making, celebrities and other powerful individuals who used to frequent one of the high-end hotels have collectively put their foot down to boycott the chain.
Kate Winslet’s representative has confirmed the name of her son, who was born in early December.
Kate Winslet is keeping celebrity tradition this Christmas by naming her child something almost as wild as the weather we are currently experiencing.
Kate Winslet in October at the UK premiere of Labor Day with the bump now known as Bear.
The actress welcomed her third child, her first with her third husband
Kate Winslet became a mother for the third time this weekend, with a rep for the actress confirming the birth of her new son this week. This is Kate's first child with husband Ned Rocknroll, with the pair welcoming a baby son into the world on Saturday, 7 December. Congratulations to the both of them!
Kate and Ned met in 2011, marrying a year later
Already a mother to 13-year-old daugther Mia Honey Threapleton and 9-year-old son Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes from her two previous marriage, Kate welcomed a healthy baby boy at a NHS Hospital in Sussex County, England. A rep for Winslet told The New York Daily News this week that both mother and baby "are doing great.”
Virgin Galactic and NBC are teaming up to create a media event around the first commercial space flight.
Preparations for Richard Branson’s inaugural commercial space flight are in full force and this week, the billionaire announced that NBC was tasked with covering the lead-up and the flight itself. If everything goes according to plan Branson and his two children – Holly, 31, and Sam, 28 – could blast off from new Mexico on board the irgin Galactic SpaceShip Two rocket plane as soon as next August. This is looking increasingly likely, after Branson announced that the aircraft had successfully broken the sound barrier during tests already.
Branson is almost ready for takeoff.
NBC will broadcast a 3-hour show, covering Richard Branson's first ever commercial space flight.
American TV network NBC will broadcast the live launch of Richard Branson's first commercial flight into space.
The founder of Virgin Group announced the news on 'Today' this Friday (Nov 8th), the network will follow preparations leading up to the flight and also film Branson's Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two rocket plane into space.
The British entrepreneur will board the rocket plane with his two adult children, Holly and Sam, and become the first private passengers to travel into space.
Continue reading: NBC Will Broadcast Richard Branson's First Virgin Galactic Space Flight
Cory Monteith was found dead in a Vancouver hotel on Saturday (13th July). Monteith is best known for his role as Finn in the television musical 'Glee'. Fellow actors, musicians, celebrities and fans worldwide have been shocked by the news of the 31-year-old's untimely death.
Cory Monteith was found dead at noon on Saturday 13th July 2013. He'd been staying at the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver. The actor was due to leave the hotel after a week's stay but failed check out at noon. His body was discovered by hotel staff and early reports suggest the 31-year-old had been dead for several hours. Reports have not indicated why the Calgary born actor was staying alone in Vancouver.
Cory Monteith at 18th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards, California.
Monteith's representative, Melissa Kates, released a statement confirming the 31-year-old's death. Speaking to USA Today, Kates said: "We are so saddened to confirm that the reports on the death of Cory Monteith are accurate. We are in shock and mourning this tragic loss".
Richard Branson - Richard Branson and his wife Joan Branson London, England - arriving at his party at the Kensington Roof Gardens Thursday 21st April 2011
Delta Goodrem and Richard Branson - Delta Goodrem and Sir Richard Branson Melbourne, Australia - Sir Richard Branson celebrates Virgin Australia Airlines tenth birthday with an invitation-only concert in which Delta Goodrem performs in concert on the wing of a Virgin jet at Tullamarine Airport. Sunday 12th September 2010
Pamela Anderson, Las Vegas and Richard Branson - Pamela Anderson and Sir Richard Branson flight from San Francisco to Las Vegas at Tryst Nightclub in the Wynn Hotel and Casino Las Vegas, Nevada - Virgin America's Sir Richard Branson launches the inaugural Wednesday 10th October 2007
Date of birth
18th July, 1950
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