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Richard Branson

Born: July 18, 1950 (age 65) in Blackheath, London

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Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English businessman and investor.

He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies.

At the age of sixteen his first business venture was a magazine called Student.

In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business.

In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores.

Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic and expanded the Virgin Records music label.

According to the Forbes 2014 list of billionaires, Branson is the seventh richest citizen of the United Kingdom, with an estimated net worth of US$4.9 billion.

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CITY DIARY: Sir Richard Branson may have found a new billionaire to play with on his latest Caribbean bolthole

city diary: sir richard branson may have found a new billionaire to play with on his latest caribbean bolthole
The entrepreneur is building a new private island retreat with space for nine villas. One purchaser understood to be interested is internet nerd Sergey Brin, 42, the co-founder of Google.
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Startup founders swot up for world record attempt

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News video: Are The Rich Getting Younger?

Are The Rich Getting Younger? 00:33

Everyone knows the billionaires Bill Gates and Sir Richard Branson started young. But, are the entrepreneurs in America now starting even younger? News reports are starting to reflect more and more..
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News video: Denver bank helps kid entrepreneurs put their ideas to work

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Bill Gates, Richard Branson and Elizabeth Holmes launched their first ventures before turning 21. But tomorrow's titans could start even younger. Barry Petersen met some would-be moguls in Denver at a..
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News video: How Did Richard Branson Smash His Teeth?

How Did Richard Branson Smash His Teeth? 00:36

Virgin Group founder, RICHARD BRANSON has a new set of veneers after destroying his teeth while playing tennis. While competing at his resort in the British Virgin Islands,he accidentally hit himself..
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News video: Alaska Air Announces Purchase of Virgin America

Alaska Air Announces Purchase of Virgin America 02:06

Alaska Airlines' parent company announced Monday it will pay $2.6 billion to buy Virgin America, the Richard Branson-inspired, California-based carrier. Alaska hopes the move will help it become..
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News video: Alaska Airlines Buys Out Virgin America

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Alaska Airlines is making waves in the world of air travel. The company just bought out Virgin America for a value of around 4 billion dollars. Virgin America is constantly given a top ranking by US..
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