11 Facts About Sir Richard Branson

11 Facts About Sir Richard Branson, british business tycoons have always left their indelible mark on almost all the type of industries. One such British business magnate who made the name Virgin Group a success all over the world is Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson.

There are many interesting facts about Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson that enhance his achievements and success even more. Below are 11 of these facts that would help you to realize what an incredible person he is.

 

1.With an estimated net worth of approximately £2.58 billion (US$4.2 billion), Branson ranks 254 in the global list of billionaires and the 5th richest person in the United Kingdom.

 2.Branson’s first successful business venture was at a young age of 16 in the form of a magazine named Student.

 3. He is an incredible inspiration to everyone as he reached to great heights, fighting his way through issues like dyslexia and poor academic performance during school.

 4. His chain of record stores, Virgin Records (later known as Virgin Megastores), became a huge success in 1973 with their first release of the chart-topping debut album, Tubular Bells by a multi-instrumentalist Mike Oldfield.

 5. The Virgin group saw many highs and lows amongst which the sale of the Virgin label to EMI for £500 million in 1992 in order to save his airline company, Virgin Atlantic Airways, was considered as ‘heart-breaking’ by Branson.

 6. Branson is known for his risk-prone business acumen, bottom-heavy organizational management and maverick strategies, leading him to be tagged as a “transformational leader” in the management lexicon.

 7. Branson is also an avid humanitarian and philanthropist. He has incessantly worked on a number of educational and peace projects in Africa. As a result, he ranks 85th on the BBC sponsored 2002 list of “100 Greatest Britons”. He appears on the 2007 list of “Top 100 Most Influential People in the World” by Time Magazine. On 7 December 2007, Branson was awarded with the United Nations Correspondents Association Citizen of the World Award for his support for environmental and humanitarian causes.

 8. He also famous for his attempts at making new world records such as that of his first hot-air balloon attempt in the “Virgin Atlantic Challenger” that ended in a rescue by RAF helicopter after his boat capsized in the British waters.

 9. In 1987, his hot air balloon “Virgin Atlantic Flyer” crossed the Atlantic, thus, becoming the first and the largest hot-air balloon to cross the Atlantic at 2,300,000 cubic feet (65,000 m3). He broke his own record in 1991 by crossing the Pacific from Japan to Arctic Canada, 6,700 miles (10,800 km), in a balloon of 2,600,000 cubic feet (74,000 m3) with a speed of 245 miles per hour.

 10. Branson has appeared as a guest star on various popular TV shows such as FriendsBaywatch,Birds of a FeatherOnly Fools and HorsesThe Day Today, a special episode of the comedyGoodness Gracious MeTripping OverLive & KickingThe Rebel Billionaire: Branson’s Quest for the Best, and The Apprentice.

11. Many television shows create satirical characters based on Branson. Some of these characters are Arthur Fortune in The Simpsons episode “Monty Can’t Buy Me Love”, the ballooning megalomaniac Richard Chutney in Believe Nothing, and Grandson Richard 39 in Terry Pratchett’s Wings. He has had cameo appearances in many famous commercial as well as documentary films, namelyAround the World in 80 Days (2004)Superman ReturnsCasino RoyaleDerek and Clive Get the HornLemonade Stories, and London Dreams.

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