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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 Business Ideas in the Growing Health-and-Wellness Industry

Richard Branson on Business Ideas in the Growing Health-and-Wellness Industry

The health and wellness sector is growing, the famous entrepreneur explains why you should get on board.
January 15, 2013 in Innovation
Richard Branson's Travel Tips

Richard Branson's Travel Tips

The well-traveled founder of Virgin Airlines offers his tips on everything from getting an upgrade to conquering jet lag.
January 7, 2013 in Business Travel
Richard Branson on Giving Your Employees Freedom

Richard Branson on Giving Your Employees Freedom

The billionaire entrepreneur on why giving employees independence is sound business.
December 31, 2012 in Managing Employees
Richard Branson on the Art of Brainstorming

Richard Branson on the Art of Brainstorming

Eight techniques from the Virgin-founder to get the most from your next ideas meeting.
December 10, 2012 in Innovation
Richard Branson on Smiling as a Competitive Advantage

Richard Branson on Smiling as a Competitive Advantage

Smile and your customers will smile with you, says the billionaire entrepreneur.
December 3, 2012 in Branding
Richard Branson on Beating the Competition

Richard Branson on Beating the Competition

Innovate, improve and empathize to stay ahead, says the billionaire entrepreneur.
November 26, 2012 in Business Management
Richard Branson on Inspiring Employees

Richard Branson on Inspiring Employees

The billionaire entrepreneur shares his tips on how to ensure your team remains engaged and motivated.
November 19, 2012 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on How to Use Age to Your Advantage

Richard Branson on How to Use Age to Your Advantage

The celebrated businessman on how older entrepreneurs can use their age to their advantage.
November 12, 2012 in Managing Employees
Richard Branson on How to Delegate Control of Your Finances

Richard Branson on How to Delegate Control of Your Finances

You can't do it all, so take this advice from the billionaire entrepreneur on how to share the responsibility of managing your company's finances.
November 5, 2012 in Cash Flow & Money Management
Richard Branson on the Entrepreneurs He Admires

Richard Branson on the Entrepreneurs He Admires

The world-famous entrepreneur and highlights some of the businesspeople that have inspired him.
October 29, 2012 in Innovation
Richard Branson on How to Build Trust

Richard Branson on How to Build Trust

How to win the trust of investors, future partners and suppliers.
October 15, 2012 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Why Volunteer Work Is Important for Business Leaders

Richard Branson on Why Volunteer Work Is Important for Business Leaders

The famous entrepreneur and philanthropist on how a successful business can make a difference and make money.
October 8, 2012 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Finding a Work-Life Balance

Richard Branson on Finding a Work-Life Balance

The famous entrepreneur on living life to the fullest -- with or without a routine.
October 1, 2012 in Work/Life Balance
Richard Branson on Why We Need More Women in the Boardroom

Richard Branson on Why We Need More Women in the Boardroom

Richard Branson explains why we need more women in top positions.
September 24, 2012 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Asking for Help

Richard Branson on Asking for Help

The famous entrepreneur on why you should seek advice during every stage of your business.
September 17, 2012 in Growth Strategies
Richard Branson on How to Connect With Your Customers

Richard Branson on How to Connect With Your Customers

The celebrated entrepreneur explains how to use social media to effectively connect with your customers.
September 10, 2012 in Marketing Ideas
Richard Branson Shines a Spotlight on 5 Altruistic Companies

Richard Branson Shines a Spotlight on 5 Altruistic Companies

Celebrated entrepreneur Richard Branson believes that businesses should shift their values from an exclusive focus on profit to also caring for people, communities and the planet.
September 3, 2012 in Exploring New Markets
Richard Branson's Tips for Growing Your Small Business

Richard Branson's Tips for Growing Your Small Business

The celebrated entrepreneur shares advice on how to grow your business and gain a competitive edge.
August 27, 2012 in Growth Strategies
Richard Branson on Turning a Disadvantage to Your Advantage

Richard Branson on Turning a Disadvantage to Your Advantage

The celebrated entrepreneur shares advice on how challenges can be the driving force for success.
August 20, 2012 in Success Stories
Richard Branson on How to Network. Hint: Early and Often

Richard Branson on How to Network. Hint: Early and Often

The celebrated entrepreneur shares advice on making connections.
August 13, 2012 in Networking
Richard Branson and the Sporting Life

Richard Branson and the Sporting Life

The Olympics and other sporting events have the billionaire entrepreneur thinking about the importance of sports to teamwork and competition.
August 6, 2012 in Lifestyle
Richard Branson's 5 Rules for Good Business

Richard Branson's 5 Rules for Good Business

Opportunities for disruptive ideas have never been more abundant. Here's how to make the most of them.
July 30, 2012 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on the Secret to Exceeding Customer Expectations

Richard Branson on the Secret to Exceeding Customer Expectations

When it comes to customer service, training front-line employees can be your power tool.
July 16, 2012 in Customer Service
Richard Branson on When Workers Rebel Against a New Manager

Richard Branson on When Workers Rebel Against a New Manager

Second-guessing a newly hired manager can be tricky business. The British billionaire offers advice on how he works with managers.
July 2, 2012 in Training
Richard Branson on Facing Your Fears

Richard Branson on Facing Your Fears

The British billionaire talks about his fear of public speaking and tips for getting over the things that hold us back.
June 12, 2012 in Health & Fitness
Richard Branson on Office Ties and the Company Dress Code

Richard Branson on Office Ties and the Company Dress Code

The British billionaire calls for banishing the tie as the corporate uniform.
May 29, 2012 in Lifestyle
Richard Branson on Decision-Making For Entrepreneurs

Richard Branson on Decision-Making For Entrepreneurs

The British billionaire talks about how he makes tough choices.
February 7, 2012 in Leadership
Richard Branson on Strategies for Success

Richard Branson on Strategies for Success

A look at the most helpful advice for entrepreneurs from the celebrated billionaire.
January 19, 2012 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Measuring the Success of 2011

Richard Branson on Measuring the Success of 2011

The billionaire entrepreneur looks back at his efforts to make a difference in the world in the past year.
December 31, 2011 in Leadership
Richard Branson and the Space Tourism Business

Richard Branson and the Space Tourism Business

The famed entrepreneur talks about the origins of his Virgin Galatic venture and its plans for the future.
December 14, 2011 in Success Stories