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Richard Branson

Biography

British isles entrepreneur who founded the Virgin Group, including Virgin Records, Virgin Airlines, and a huge selection of others. His first participation in the music market came out of the journal he founded while he was still in senior high school, The College student, which advertised information for lower prices than shops were offering them. He bought his personal isle. He was called the United Kingdom’s 4th richest resident inside a Forbes 2012 set of billionaires. He wedded Joan Templeman in 1989 in the behest of their girl Holly. He includes a boy called Sam and another girl called Clare. He once was wedded to Kristen Tomassi from 1972 to 1979. His record label authorized bands just like the Sex Pistols with Sid Vicious.

Quick Facts


Full Name Richard Branson
Net Worth 5 billion USD
Date Of Birth July 18, 1950
Place Of Birth London, England
Height 1.79 m
Profession Entrepreneur
Education Bishopsgate School, Stowe School
Nationality English
Spouse Joan Templeman, Kristen Tomassi
Children Holly Branson, Sam Branson, Clare Sarah Branson
Parents Eve Branson, Edward James Branson
Siblings Vanessa Branson, Andrea Branson, Lindy Branson, Tom Branson
Movies Derek and Clive Get the Horn, The Space Movie, Electric Dreams, Around the World in 80 Days, Fuel, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, Don't Look Down, The Last Great Adventure, Mojave Magic: A Turtle's Eye View of SpaceShipOne, JESSICA WATSON - TRUE SPIRIT
TV Shows The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best, Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Oh So Cosmo
Star Sign Cancer

  • Facts
  • Filmography
  • Awards
  • Salaries
  • Quotes
  • Trademarks
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#Fact
1 For the episode of Only Fools and Horses.... (1981) where the Trotters travel to Miami, because they were booked on Virgin Atlantic, Branson wanted a cameo in the episode. David Jason said he was a great publicist, and a charming man, but not among the best actors in the world. Jason assumed he would get free rides and regular upgrades after that, but nothing came of it.
2 Founded Caroline Records in 1973.
3 Kensington, London, England [May 2009]
4 Keeps a hammock in his office in which he likes to brainstorm.
5 Ranked #16 on the 1,000 richest people in the UK with earnings of £3,410m, as documented by The Sunday Times "Rich List" (2012) annual supplement.
6 Branson's Caribbean retreat is called Necker Island which is part of the British Virgin Islands (naturally enough). Purchased in the late 1970s for a reported $200K when it was desolate and uninhabited, the paradise island is part home to his family, his $30m catamaran yacht "Necker Belle" and his battery-powered, 3-seater mini-submarine "Necker Nymph".
7 First car he ever owned was a 1968 British Morris Mini-Minor.
8 Co-founded, with Nelson Mandela and Peter Gabriel, world human rights advocacy group The Elders in July 2007.
9 Was featured in the Friends (1994) episode, Friends: The One with Ross's Wedding: Part One (1998), when "Friends" went to London. In the episode, he sold British souvenirs to Joey and Chandler. It had been reported he was very nervous about forgetting his lines but all went well. It was noticeable in all the scenes in the episode, which featured airports or airplanes, show the logo of "Virgin Atlantic", the airline of Richard Branson.
10 Dropped out of school when he was 15.
11 Dyslexic.
12 Father, with Joan Templeman, of son Sam Branson (b. 1985) and the daughters Sarah Clare (*/+ 1979, died when she was just four days old after being born three months premature) and Holly Branson (b. 1982).
13 Daughter Holly is studying at London's University College in hopes of becoming a pediatrician
14 Has expressed interest in opening a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
15 Recently registered the business name "Virgin Interplanetary", in case space travel becomes commercially viable.
16 Has opened a chain of bridal shops in England named Virgin Bride.
17 Started Virgin Atlantic Airways after a flight he was scheduled for was cancelled. Upon hearing of the cancellation, he quickly had a charter jet liner secured, and invited the passengers of the cancelled flight to fly for free. He jokingly posted a hand-lettered sign above the entryway, reading, "Virgin Atlantic Airways - Flight 1." Several of the passengers of that flight became investors of the airline. Ironically, just before Virgin Records was purchased in 1992 by the EMI Group, the label was distributed as a stand-alone venture by Atlantic Records in the USA from 1986 to 1992.
18 When he started his record label, the first artist he signed was his school friend, Mike Oldfield. His album-length composition, "Tubular Bells", became a multi-million seller after it was used as the theme to the film, The Exorcist (1973).
19 His first business, a used record store, was called "Virgin Records" because it was his first business venture ever.
20 Owner of The Virgin Group, which has more than 200 entertainment, media and travel companies around the world. Virgin's interests include an airline, airships, retailing (music, videos and computer games), beverages, cosmetics, clothing, financial services, night clubs, health clubs, internet services, mobile phone services, passenger trains, publishing, record labels (V2 Records), tour operation, film and TV production, and condoms.
21 He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2000 Queen's Millennium New Years Honours List for his services to entrepreneurship.


Producer

Producer

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Chloe & Theo 2015 executive producer
Pandora's Promise 2013 Documentary executive producer
Jambo Jumbo 2010 Documentary executive producer
Equation of Change 2010 TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best 2004-2005 TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
Electric Dreams 1984 executive producer
The Space Movie 1980 Documentary producer
Acids of Virgin Music 1976 producer

Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The Simpsons 2015 TV Series Richard Branson
Casino Royale 2006 Man at Airport Security (uncredited)
Superman Returns 2006 Shuttle Engineer (as Sir Richard Branson)
Around the World in 80 Days 2004 Balloon Man
Sin City Spectacular 1998 TV Series
Friends 1998 TV Series The Vendor
Only Fools and Horses.... 1991 TV Series Richard Branson
Derek and Clive Get the Horn 1979 Man With A Beard

Camera Department

Camera Department

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Nova 1997 TV Series documentary camera operator - 1 episode

Miscellaneous

Miscellaneous

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Food Matters 2008 Documentary inspired by

Thanks

Thanks

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Aladdin 1993/I Video Game special thanks

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mornings with Kerri-Anne 2009 TV Series Himself
Bransons: Come Hell or High Water 2008 TV Movie documentary Himself
Caia Quem Caia 2008 TV Series Himself
Fuel 2008/I Documentary Himself - Founder, Virgin Group
Iconoclasts 2008 TV Series documentary
The Alan Titchmarsh Show 2008 TV Series Himself
NextWorld 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
ETalk Festival Party 2008 TV Movie Himself (as Sir Richard Branson)
The Early Show 2008 TV Series Himself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson 2008 TV Series Himself
Oh So Cosmo 2008 TV Series Himself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show 2008 TV Series Himself
Charlie Rose 1997-2008 TV Series Himself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live! 2004-2008 TV Series Himself
The Apprentice 2008 TV Series Himself
Fields of Fuel 2008 Documentary Himself - Founder of Virgin (as Sir Richard Branson)
Virgin Rides America 2008 TV Movie Himself
The Soup 2007 TV Series Himself
Business 2025 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
We Love 'The Sky at Night' 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Quest 2007 TV Series Himself
HypaSpace 2007 TV Series documentary Himself
Richard & Judy 2004-2007 TV Series Himself
The Daily Politics 2007 TV Series Himself - Earth Challenge
Should I Really Give Up Flying? 2007 TV Movie documentary Himself
Bryan's Journals 2006 Video documentary Himself
Requiem for Krypton: Making 'Superman Returns' 2006 Video documentary Himself - Shuttle Astronaut
CNN Future Summit: World in Motion 2006 TV Movie Himself
Tripping Over 2006 TV Series Himself
Real Time with Bill Maher 2006 TV Series Himself
Rabbit Fever 2006 Himself
Getaway 2005-2006 TV Series Himself
Open Access 2006 TV Series Himself
Tout le monde en parle 2006 TV Series Himself
Le grand journal de Canal+ 2006 TV Series documentary Himself
Dusty Wright's Culture CatchCulture Catch 2005 TV Series Himself
Trista and Ryan's Honeymoon Hotspots - USA 2005 Himself
American Princess 2005 TV Series Himself
Cribs 2005 TV Series Himself
Breakfast with Frost 2001-2005 TV Series Himself
Explorations 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best 2004-2005 TV Series Himself
The Daily Show 2004 TV Series Himself
Black Sky: Winning the X Prize 2004 TV Movie documentary Himself
Force of Nature 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
E! True Hollywood Story 2004 TV Series documentary Himself
Lemonade Stories 2004 Documentary Himself
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway 2004 TV Series Himself
Larry King Live 2003 TV Series Himself
Extreme 2003 TV Series documentary Himself - Presenter
Question Time 1998-2003 TV Series Himself
Jonathan Dimbleby 2003 TV Series Himself
One Shot 2003 TV Series documentary Himself
There's Only One Paul McCartney 2002 TV Movie documentary Himself
2001 World Awards 2001 TV Special Himself
Goodness Gracious Me: Back Where They Came from 2001 TV Movie Himself
Loose Women 2000 TV Series Himself
Capital 1999 TV Series documentary Himself - Guest
The Great Balloon Race 1999 TV Movie documentary Himself
The Sunday Programme 1999 TV Series Himself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno 1998 TV Series Himself
The Basement 1998 TV Series documentary Himself - Special Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien 1998 TV Series Himself
Omnibus 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Panorama 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Dateline NBC 1998 TV Series documentary Himself - Billionaire (segment "Out of Gas")
World in Action 1993-1997 TV Series documentary Himself
Diana: The Nation's Farewell 1997 TV Movie Himself
Venture 1997 TV Series Himself
Nulle part ailleurs 1997 TV Series Himself
Richard and Judy Exclusive 1997 TV Series Himself
Election 97 1997 TV Movie Himself
Ruby Wax Meets... 1996 TV Series documentary Himself
Live & Kicking 1995 TV Series
Anyone for Pennis? 1995 TV Movie Himself
The London Programme 1995 TV Series documentary Himself
Baywatch 1995 TV Series Himself
Royal Variety Performance 1995 1995 TV Movie Himself
The Day Today 1994 TV Series Himself
Whicker's Miss World 1993 TV Special Himself
Birds of a Feather 1993 TV Series Himself
Moving Pictures 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
American Affair 1993 TV Series Himself
Surprise Party 1993 TV Series documentary Himself
Root Into Europe 1992 TV Series Himself (uncredited)
This Week 1992 TV Series Himself
Condom 1990 Documentary Himself
A Beetle Called Derek 1990 TV Series Himself
This Is Your Life 1985-1988 TV Series documentary Himself
Going Live! 1988 TV Series Himself
Record Breakers 1987 TV Series documentary Contributor
Queen: Magic Years, Volume Two - A Visual Anthology 1987 Documentary Himself
Royal Variety Performance 1987 1987 TV Movie Himself
XTC at the Manor 1980 TV Special Himself (uncredited)
All You Need Is Love 1977 TV Series documentary Himself
One Planet 2017 Documentary filming Himself
Coked Up! 2016 Documentary post-production Himself
Radio Caroline Documentary filming Himself
CBS This Morning 2012-2016 TV Series Himself / Himself - Virgin Airlines / Himself - Guest
Chapter One: The Kiteboard Legacy Begins 2016 Documentary Athlete
Don't Look Down 2016 Documentary Richard Branson (playing Himself)
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
The 80s: Ten Years That Changed Britain 2016 TV Movie documentary Himself - Entrepreneur & Founder, Virgin Records & Virgin Airlines (as Sir Richard Branson)
Virgin Galactic Media Project 2016 TV Series documentary Himself
Stop the Burning 2015 Short Himself
Global Citizen Festival 2015 TV Movie Himself
Visioneer: The Peter Diamandis Story 2015 Documentary Himself
Today 2008-2014 TV Series Himself / Himself - Guest
Choccywoccydoodah 2014 TV Series documentary Himself
The Culture High 2014 Documentary
Late Show with David Letterman 2006-2014 TV Series Himself
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver 2014 TV Series Himself
Nelson Mandela Redrawn 2014 Documentary Himself
Virgin Active UK 2014 TV Series Himself
We Are Many 2014 Documentary Himself
C à vous 2013 TV Series Himself
South at Six 2013 TV Series Himself
Hawking 2013 Documentary Himself
The Story of Now 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself (as Sir Richard Branson)
Bono, Richard Branson, and Olivia Wilde Join Matt Damon's Strike 2013 Video short Himself
Fox and Friends 2013 TV Series Himself
The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track 2013 TV Series documentary Himself
Miracle Rising: South Africa 2013 Documentary
When Albums Ruled the World 2013 TV Movie documentary Himself
Freeloaders 2012 Himself
Erin Burnett OutFront 2012 TV Series Himself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon 2009-2012 TV Series Himself
Shameless Idealists 2012 TV Mini-Series Himself
CNBC Meets 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis 2012 TV Series Himself
The Hour 2005-2012 TV Series Himself
The Secret Policeman's Ball 2012 TV Movie Himself
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia 2012 Documentary Himself
Arise World Economic Forum Davos Special 2012 TV Movie Himself
Choice Point: Align Your Purpose 2012 Video documentary Himself
Hot Spots 2012 2012 TV Movie documentary Himself - Founder, Virgin Group (as Sir Richard Branson)
The Colbert Report 2007-2011 TV Series Himself - Guest / Himself
Steve Jobs: One Last Thing 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself (uncredited)
Piers Morgan Tonight 2011 TV Series Himself
A Day in the Life 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
The Earth Awards 2011 TV Movie documentary Himself (2011)
Bloomberg Game Changers 2011 TV Series documentary Himself - Founder and Chairman, Virgin Group
The 7PM Project 2010-2011 TV Series Himself
Nova 2011 TV Series documentary Himself
Breakfast 2005-2011 TV Series Himself - Virgin Oceanic / Himself
Jambo Jumbo 2010 Documentary Himself
Virgin Galactic 2010 TV Series Himself
Carbon Nation 2010 Documentary Himself - CEO, Virgin Group
A Man's Story 2010 Documentary Himself
Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia 2010 Documentary Himself
Equation of Change 2010 TV Movie documentary Himself
210 Days: Around the World with Jessica Watson 2010 TV Movie documentary Narrator
The X Factor 2010 TV Series Himself
Stand Up to Cancer 2010 TV Special Himself
Entourage 2010 TV Series Himself
GMTV 2010 TV Series Himself
Formula 1: BBC Sport 2009-2010 TV Series Himself
Kyocera's All Access @ Virgin Mobile Freefest 2009 Documentary short
We Are the People We've Been Waiting For 2009 Documentary Himself
Bondi Rescue 2009 TV Series Himself
Piers Morgan's Life Stories 2009 TV Series Himself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
Mobilize 2014 Documentary
Wimbledon 2014: The Funniest Moments from the Championships 2014 Video short Himself (uncredited)
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us 2013 TV Mini-Series documentary Himself
The 70s 2012 TV Series documentary Himself
The Wright Stuff 2012 TV Series Himself - Entrepreneur
Pownews 2011 TV Series Himself
Bondi Rescue 2010 TV Series Himself
Real Crime 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Penn & Teller: Bullshit! 2008 TV Series documentary Himself
Have I Got News for You 2007 TV Series Himself
The Colbert Report 2007 TV Series Himself
Getaway 2007 TV Series Himself
60 Minutes 2006 TV Series documentary Himself - Owner, Virgin Atlantic Airways (segment "The New Space Race")
8 Out of 10 Cats 2005 TV Series Himself
Explorations 2005 TV Series documentary Himself
Biography 2001 TV Series documentary Himself
Anglia at Forty 1999 TV Series Himself
Omnibus 1998 TV Series documentary Himself
Diana: The Mourning After 1998 Documentary Himself
The Day Today 1994 TV Series Himself
Memories of 1970-1991 1991 TV Series documentary Himself

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#Quote
1 [on his friend, the innovative rock star Peter Gabriel] In the early days, we'd go skiing together and Peter would have an idea every 30 seconds. We'd be sitting on the lift with me scribbling madly in my notebook, trying to get everything down. He's worse than me.
2 [the test-flight crash of a space-flight craft, October 2014] There is no way I would ask others to go on a Virgin Galactic flight if Indidnt feel it was safe enough for myself.
3 For a while now, space has been looking boring. News about space was reduced to budget cuts and deorbiting schedules, not research and innovation. Then, the private sector began designing spaceships to send payloads and people into orbit and beyond. Today, teams like Elon Musk's "SpaceX" are reopening space for exploration..It's a paradox that Elon is working to improve our planet at the same time he's building spaceships to help us leave it. But true vision is binocular, and Elon Musk is clearly a man who can see many things at once.
4 Don't forget: never accept the unacceptable. Now we just need to get on with it and make it happen - quickly. Can you imagine what a different world we will live in when businesses do what's right for the communities and the environment in everything they do?
5 The majestic and powerful polar bear is an iconic symbol of Canada around the world. With their habitat increasingly threatened and their very survival in jeopardy, now is the time for action. We owe it to the next generation to ensure that these magnificent animals will live on.
6 We're one of the only animals in the world that don't really think of ourselves as animals, but we are animals and we must respect our fellow animals.
7 I'm a lad of the '60s. I started a magazine to try and end the Vietnam war, but it was a number of years before I had the profile, the financial resources and the time to do more.
8 To me, business isn't about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It's about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.
9 If you're embarking around the world in a hot-air balloon, don't forget the toilet paper.
10 I'm a bit like the Queen in that I don't carry much cash.
11 The funny thing is people won't let me pay for things. I'll be in a restaurant and the manager will say: 'Oh no, it's on the house.'
12 A generation ago, the image was that you had to trample everyone else down to succeed - but I don't believe that makes good business sense. If you're the kind of person that jumps down the throat of people, you're not going to be successful.
13 For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.

#Trademark
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