Richard Branson

English business magnate, investor and philanthropist

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English businessman.

Richard Branson
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Branson in 2015
Richard Charles Nicholas Branson

(1950-07-18) 18 July 1950 (age 71)
Net worthIncrease US$4.2 billion (2021)[1]

He is the chairman of the Virgin Group, a group of companies including Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Records. Branson started Virgin people, a private company that is trying to get people in space. According to Forbes, Branson was the 245th richest person in the world in 2008.[2]

Branson is adventurous and has sporting achievements, he flew around the world in a Hot air balloon where he nearly got killed.[3][4]

On 11 July 2021, Branson flew to space, reaching a peak altitude of 53.5 miles (86.1 km) as part of a test flight for his company, Virgin Galactic.[5][6] The mission lasted approximately one hour.[7][8]

Education and careerEdit

Richard Branson did not attend college. Branson started his career by setting up a mail order record business. He opened a chain of record stores called Virgin Records later known as Virgin Megastores in the year 1972.[9][10]


His mother was activist Eve Branson. Branson has been diagnosed with Dyslexia and attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder.[11] He lives on an island called Necker, he owns this island in the Caribbean.

He was born in Blackheath, London, England.


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  11. ADHD isn't just for kids