Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is a British industrialist best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. Branson’s first successful business venture was at age 16, when he published a magazine Called Student. He then set up an audio record mail-order business in 1970. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Mega stores and rebranded after a management buyout as Zavvi in late 2007 that later went into Administration in 2008 and only exists now as an online store. Branson’s Virgin brand Grew rapidly during the 1980s-as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded The Virgin Records music label.
Richard Branson is the 261st richest person in the world according to Forbes’ 2009 list of Billionaires, with an estimated net worth of approximately £2.6 billion (US$3.9billion).Branson was born at Stonefield Nursing Home in Blackheath, South London, and the son Of barrister Edward James Branson and Eve Branson. His Grandfather the Right HYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Right_Honourable”Honorable Sir George Arthur Harwin Branson, was a judge of The High Court of Justice and a Privy HYPERLINK “http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Privy_Councillor”Councilor. Branson was educated at Scaitcliffe School (nowBishopsgate School) until the age of thirteen. He then attended Stowe School until he was sixteen. Branson has dyslexia and had poor academic performance as A student, but later discovered his ability to connect with