Saturday, June 29, 2013

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson "Richard Branson "

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Richard Branson

 1950 - Richard Charles Nicholas Branson was born on July 18, 1950, in Surrey, England. His father, Edward James Branson, worked as a barrister. His mother, Eve Branson, was employed as a flight attendant. 

1964 -  He entered Stowe School, a boarding school in Stowe, Buckinghamshire, England. Before this, Richard, who struggled with dyslexia, had a hard time with educational institutions. He nearly failed out of the all-boys Scaitcliffe School.

1966 -  Branson dropped out at the age of 16 to start a youth-culture magazine called Student. The publication, run by students, for students, sold $8,000 worth of advertising in its first edition. The first run of 50,000 copies was disseminated for free, after Branson covered the costs with advertising.

1969 -  He was living in a London commune, surrounded by the British music and drug scene. It was during this time that Branson had the idea to begin a mail-order record company called Virgin to help fund his magazine efforts. The company performed modestly, but made Branson enough that he was able to expand his business venture, adding a record shop in Oxford Street, London.

1971 - Virgin's first formal store opened on London's Oxford Street.

1972 -  He build a recording studio in Oxfordshire, England after success of the record shop.

1973 -  With the help of Branson's team, Mike Oldfield, first artist on the Virgin Records label recorded his single "Tubular Bells". The song was an instant smash, staying on the UK charts for 247 weeks. Using the momentum of Oldfield's success, Branson then signed other aspiring musical groups to label, including the Sex Pistols. Artists such as the Culture Club, the Rolling Stones, and Genesis would follow, helping to make Virgin Music one of the top six record companies in the world.

1979 - Opened first Virgin  Megastore at the end of Oxford Street and Marble Arch.

1980 - Began his own travel company, Voyager Group

1984 - He announced to the world that a high quality, value for money airline would begin operating within three months. Three months, some licenses, staff and an aircraft packed with celebrities later, Virgin Atlantic Airways was born. 

1986 -  He has smashed the world record for the fastest crossing of the Atlantic. His 72-ft powerboat, the Virgin Atlantic Challenger, reached the Bishop Rock off the Isles of Scilly just after 1930BST. His first attempt to cross the Atlantic in 1985 followed the launch of his Virgin Atlantic airline. The voyage was a failure, his boat sinking off Land's End, but this second attempt  brought him recognition and publicity.

1987 -Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand were the first to cross the Atlantic in a hot air balloon, rather than a helium/gas filled balloon. They flew a distance of 2,900 miles in a record breaking time of 33 hours. At the time, the envelope they used was the largest ever flown, at 2.3 million cubic feet of capacity.

1991- The great team of Richard Branson and Per Lindstrand paired up again and became the first to cross the Pacific in a hot air balloon. They traveled 6,700 miles in 47 hours, from Japan to Canada breaking the world distance record, traveling at speeds of up to 245 mph.

1992 - He sold Virgin Music to Thorn EMI and invested the proceeds into Virgin Atlantic, improving on an already great service. In the same year Virgin Atlantic launched the first super economy service that went on to become their award winning Premium Economy. 

1993 - He founded the station Virgin Radio.

1996 - He started a second record company, V2 which includes artists such as Powder Finger and Tom Jones.

 Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson ( Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson
1999 - He sold a 49% stake in the Virgin Atlantic to Singapore Airlines valuing us at a minimum of £1.225bn. In the same year, for services to entrepreneurship Richard received a knighthood.

2005 - He and Burt Rutan found The Spaceship Company (also known as TSC).

2009 - He landed at No. 261 on Forbes' "World Billionaires" list with his $2.5 billion in self-made fortune, which includes two private islands. In mid Dec, he challenged aviation rival Tony Fernandes to a Formula One with the loser having to dress up as an airline stewardess. Tony accept his challenge. Fernandes escaped as the winner of the bet, as Lotus Racing ended 10th in the championship, while Virgin Racing ended 12th and last.

2013 - He kept his word after losing the bet on the 2010 F1 season as he served his duty as a stewardess on an Air Asia flight between Perth and Kuala Lumpur on 12 May 2013.

"Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming."
– Richard Branson