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Richard Branson

Richard Branson is the founder of United Kingdom-based Virgin Group, which consists of more than 400 companies around the world including the airlines Virgin Atlantic and Virgin America, wireless company Virgin Mobile and international health club Virgin Active.

Branson started his first business when he was 16 and in 1972, opened a chain of record stores that kick-started his Virgin brand. His business ventures have ranged from a vodka line to financial services to a private 74-acre island for rent to space tourism. He is the author of six books including his latest, Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School (Portfolio Trade, 2012).

For more from Branson on business, visit his blog on virgin.com.

Questions from readers will be answered by Richard Branson in future columns. Please include your name and country when you send your question to BransonQuestions@Entrepreneur.com.

 

30 Recent Stories

Richard Branson on Seeking Out Opportunity

Richard Branson on Seeking Out Opportunity

Becoming an entrepreneur is a process.
April 21, 2014 in Grow Your Business
Richard Branson on Constructing the Perfect Pitch

Richard Branson on Constructing the Perfect Pitch

Speak with feeling rather than figures.
April 14, 2014 in Grow Your Business
Richard Branson on Why Making Employees Happy Pays Off

Richard Branson on Why Making Employees Happy Pays Off

The serial entrepreneur shares how you can increase productivity by boosting employee satisfaction.
April 7, 2014 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Learning by Doing

Richard Branson on Learning by Doing

Curiosity, an open-mind and a can-do attitude are just as important as experience.
March 31, 2014 in Starting a Business
Richard Branson on the Value of Volunteering

Richard Branson on the Value of Volunteering

Sometimes, getting ahead of the competition means donating your time to a worthy cause.
March 24, 2014 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Taking the Entrepreneurial Plunge

Richard Branson on Taking the Entrepreneurial Plunge

"Everyone starts out as a beginner: Successful people are just further along in their careers."
March 17, 2014 in Starting a Business
Richard Branson on Why Diversity Is an Advantage

Richard Branson on Why Diversity Is an Advantage

Hiring people who are just like you will lead to less creativity and ultimately less profit.
March 10, 2014 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Why Leading Means Listening

Richard Branson on Why Leading Means Listening

Any organization's best assets are its people so start paying attention to what your employees are saying.
March 3, 2014 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Finding Funding

Richard Branson on Finding Funding

Your local community is often the best place to start when looking for funding, but if you can’t find anyone suitable to work with, the logical next step is to broaden your search.
February 24, 2014 in Financing
Richard Branson on Not Going It Alone

Richard Branson on Not Going It Alone

To be successful in business, you need to connect and collaborate.
February 17, 2014 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Pursuing What Makes You Happy

Richard Branson on Pursuing What Makes You Happy

You have one life, so spend it doing something you love.
February 10, 2014 in Lifestyle
Richard Branson on Doing Good by Doing Good Business

Richard Branson on Doing Good by Doing Good Business

Traditionally, business and charity have been thought to be mutually exclusive, but that divide is starting to dissolve.
February 3, 2014 in Your Business Plan
Richard Branson's 5 Vital Startup Basics

Richard Branson's 5 Vital Startup Basics

If you want to get your enterprise up and running, consider these basic steps first.
January 27, 2014 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson on the Key to Success

Richard Branson on the Key to Success

The serial entrepreneur explains why a great company always starts with a strong foundation.
January 21, 2014 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson on Growing Your Business by Building a Community

Richard Branson on Growing Your Business by Building a Community

Building strong ties to your community will help you you build a stronger company culture, better relationships with your customers and staff, and ultimately a more successful business.
January 13, 2014 in Grow Your Business
Richard Branson on What Makes a True Entrepreneur

Richard Branson on What Makes a True Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur isn't just a label, it's a lifestyle.
December 23, 2013 in Success Stories
Richard Branson on Finding Talented People Who Can Grow Your Business

Richard Branson on Finding Talented People Who Can Grow Your Business

The Virgin CEO looks for energy, passion, a relentless focus on success and, most importantly, the ability to generate excitement.
December 16, 2013 in Hiring Center
Richard Branson on Turning an Idea Into a Business

Richard Branson on Turning an Idea Into a Business

Regardless of how new you are to the process of starting a business, it can be a daunting prospect. The Virgin CEO shares how to do it, step by step.
December 9, 2013 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson on Taking a Stand for What's Right

Richard Branson on Taking a Stand for What's Right

Your business -- be it small or large -- has the opportunity and responsibility to do good in your community.
December 3, 2013 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Knowing When to Give Up on Your Idea

Richard Branson on Knowing When to Give Up on Your Idea

Starting and growing a business can be an emotional roller coaster. But when profits aren't generating, how do you know when it's time to throw in the towel?
November 25, 2013 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson on Knowing When to Quit Your Day Job

Richard Branson on Knowing When to Quit Your Day Job

Leaving a stable job to pursue your startup full-time takes courage. Here's why you should take the leap.
November 18, 2013 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson on Embracing Failure

Richard Branson on Embracing Failure

It can be hard to start a new when you already have one startup failure under your belt. But overcoming the fear of failure is your first step to success. Here's how.
November 12, 2013 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson on How to Make The Most of Your Network

Richard Branson on How to Make The Most of Your Network

If you're sitting at your desk all day long without taking time to meet with employees, coworkers, clients and others in your network, you're missing key business opportunities.
November 4, 2013 in Networking
Richard Branson on Studying Entrepreneurship in College

Richard Branson on Studying Entrepreneurship in College

Focusing your college studies in entrepreneurship could be the right move for you depending on your goals.
October 28, 2013 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on The Art of Asking For Advice

Richard Branson on The Art of Asking For Advice

When you're just starting out, asking the right questions to the right people can be your difference between failure and success.
October 21, 2013 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson on How Small Businesses Can Innovate

Richard Branson on How Small Businesses Can Innovate

Just because your business isn't loaded with resources, doesn't mean you can't come up with important innovations. Virgin's CEO on how to get there.
October 14, 2013 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Reaching For The Stars -- Literally

Richard Branson on Reaching For The Stars -- Literally

With the launch of Virgin Galactic's first commercial trip to space approaching, a look at how to energizes your company mission and team to reach higher.
October 7, 2013 in Leadership
Richard Branson on Why Hiring Should Be Your No. 1 Job

Richard Branson on Why Hiring Should Be Your No. 1 Job

There are lots of tasks you can and should delegate, says Virgin's CEO, but hiring isn't one of them.
September 30, 2013 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Building Brand Loyalty

Richard Branson on Building Brand Loyalty

The Virgin CEO shares how he was able to build a company culture based on customer service.
September 23, 2013 in Branding
Richard Branson on the Secret to Virgin's Sustained Success

Richard Branson on the Secret to Virgin's Sustained Success

Running a successful ever-growing business means having to set certain best practices in place. Here's how Virgin's CEO does it.
September 16, 2013 in The 'Treps
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