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.