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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 How to Take an Inspiration Vacation

Richard Branson on How to Take an Inspiration Vacation

Virgin's CEO shares insight on how to think about your vacation time as inspiration time, even after the fact.
September 3, 2013 in Lifestyle
Richard Branson on How Music Can Save Your Business

Richard Branson on How Music Can Save Your Business

Music has the power to motivate, inspire and engage. Here's how you can host events that will get employees and customers excited about your business.
August 26, 2013 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Being Social Media Savvy

Richard Branson on Being Social Media Savvy

The Virgin CEO offers insight on how to make your posts and company stand out in the social media world.
August 13, 2013 in Social Media
Richard Branson on Preparing the Perfect Pitch

Richard Branson on Preparing the Perfect Pitch

You need to be prepared to pitch your business anywhere, anytime. Virgin's CEO offers his insight on just how to be pitch-ready wherever you are.
August 6, 2013 in Growth Strategies
Richard Branson on the Best Places to Find Inspiration

Richard Branson on the Best Places to Find Inspiration

Getting inspired to start a new business means paying attention to the world around you. Here's how Virgin's CEO seeks out his own inspiration.
July 30, 2013 in Business Ideas
Richard Branson on Crafting Your Mission Statement

Richard Branson on Crafting Your Mission Statement

The CEO of Virgin shares how to cut the crap and make a mission statement that actually means something.
July 22, 2013 in Startup Basics
How Richard Branson Decides Where to Set Up Shop

How Richard Branson Decides Where to Set Up Shop

Virgin's CEO shares what factors you need to consider when choosing the best place to open up shop.
July 15, 2013 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson on Business Lessons From Parenting

Richard Branson on Business Lessons From Parenting

The CEO of Virgin has seen a lot of challenges in his career, but perhaps none as big as becoming a dad. Here he discusses the similarities between parenting and running a business.
July 1, 2013 in Lifestyle
Richard Branson on Taking the Leap Into Entrepreneurship

Richard Branson on Taking the Leap Into Entrepreneurship

Telling friends and family you're going to start your own business is often just as scary as actually taking the plunge. Virgin's CEO offers advice on how to get those you love on-board.
June 24, 2013 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson on Social Entrepreneurship

Richard Branson on Social Entrepreneurship

Finding new ways to improve people's lives is at the core of entrepreneurship. Virgin's CEO talks about how and why small businesses can get involved in social entrepreneurship.
June 17, 2013 in Business Management
Richard Branson on Taking Risks

Richard Branson on Taking Risks

Stepping out of your comfort zone is unavoidable if you want to truly grow your business. Virgin's CEO discusses some of his own risky decisions and how they helped him grow an empire.
June 10, 2013 in Growth Strategies
Richard Branson on Self-Awareness for Leadership Growth

Richard Branson on Self-Awareness for Leadership Growth

Being more self-aware will help you improve as a leader. Virgin's CEO discusses how and why you can do this.
June 3, 2013 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on the Secret to Success: Failure.

Richard Branson on the Secret to Success: Failure.

If you haven't failed yet, you haven't been in the business long enough, says Virgin's CEO. Here he offers advice on three key attributes every entrepreneur should possess in order to be successful.
May 27, 2013 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on the Business Benefits of Volunteering

Richard Branson on the Business Benefits of Volunteering

Getting employees involved in charity sporting events and volunteer work this spring is a great way to give back to the community and strengthen your team. Here's how Virgin's CEO does it.
May 20, 2013 in Human Resources
Richard Branson on Parenting and Work-Life Balance

Richard Branson on Parenting and Work-Life Balance

Running your own business and raising a family often go hand-in-hand, but finding a balance can be challenging. Virgin's CEO on how he managed to raise two kids while building a business.
May 13, 2013 in Lifestyle
Richard Branson on How to Stay Inspired

Richard Branson on How to Stay Inspired

When Virgin's CEO has an idea, he doesn't keep quiet about it. Talking about your ideas, no matter how lofty they are, is one of the best ways to stay inspired and motivated to make them happen. Here'
May 6, 2013 in Leadership
Richard Branson on Keeping Your Most Valued Employees Happy

Richard Branson on Keeping Your Most Valued Employees Happy

Finding top talent is hard enough, but keeping driven employees satisfied so they stay at your company has its own challenges. Virgin's CEO offers insight on how to please your most valued hires.
April 29, 2013 in Human Resources
Richard Branson on Convincing Investors to Fund Your Tech Startup

Richard Branson on Convincing Investors to Fund Your Tech Startup

Virgin's founder weighs in on what questions to ask yourself when determining whether your business will attract investors.
April 22, 2013 in Financing
Richard Branson on Failure -- the Most Dreaded F-Word

Richard Branson on Failure -- the Most Dreaded F-Word

If your startup isn't turning a profit, that doesn't mean you're a failure. Virgin's founder offers advice on how to use your worries to hone your business strategy.
April 15, 2013 in Leadership
Richard Branson on Building a Strong Reputation

Richard Branson on Building a Strong Reputation

Virgin Group's founder on why earning the trust of investors, future partners and suppliers rests on building a strong personal reputation.
April 8, 2013 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Community Building to Grow Your Business

Richard Branson on Community Building to Grow Your Business

In this global marketplace it's important not to forget about your local community. Virgin's founder tells us why.
April 4, 2013 in Growth Strategies
Richard Branson on Sheryl Sandberg, 'Leaning In,' and Balanced Workplaces

Richard Branson on Sheryl Sandberg, 'Leaning In,' and Balanced Workplaces

Virgin's founder gives his thoughts on Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's new book, and shares how to make your workplace a more balanced environment.
March 25, 2013 in Managing Employees
Richard Branson on Thriving After Mergers and Acquisitions

Richard Branson on Thriving After Mergers and Acquisitions

The Virgin Group has merged with a lot of companies over the years. Here's how its founder has maintained the company's culture.
March 11, 2013 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on How to Train Your Employees

Richard Branson on How to Train Your Employees

The billionaire entrepreneur on how to help your staff grow their careers and stay passionate about your business.
March 4, 2013 in Training
Richard Branson on the Importance of Creative Thinking

Richard Branson on the Importance of Creative Thinking

Virgin Group's founder answers a reader's question on how his personality drives the success of his business.
February 25, 2013 in Innovation
Richard Branson on Why Money Isn't Everything

Richard Branson on Why Money Isn't Everything

You need a lot of ingredients to launch a successful business, but a big pot of money isn't one of them. Virgin founder Richard Branson explains why.
February 18, 2013 in Startup Financing
Richard Branson on the Importance of Design

Richard Branson on the Importance of Design

Virgin Group's CEO shares why good store design is important to customer satisfaction.
February 11, 2013 in Growth Strategies
Richard Branson on the Art of Public Speaking

Richard Branson on the Art of Public Speaking

The successful entrepreneur shares his advice for getting over fears of public speaking.
February 4, 2013 in Public Speaking
Richard Branson on Entrepreneurial Determination

Richard Branson on Entrepreneurial Determination

The super successful business owner on what it takes to make it as an entrepreneur.
January 28, 2013 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson Shares Business and Life Lessons From His Mother

Richard Branson Shares Business and Life Lessons From His Mother

The wildly successful businessman shares the five lessons that his mom taught him that guide him in his life and work.
January 16, 2013 in Growth Strategies