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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 When Inexperience Is an Advantage

Richard Branson on When Inexperience Is an Advantage

Richard Branson answers reader questions on breaking convention and his restless pursuit of the new.
November 29, 2011 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on How to Avoid Common Startup Mistakes

Richard Branson on How to Avoid Common Startup Mistakes

The celebrated British business mogul shares what he's learned on his entrepreneurial journey.
November 15, 2011 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson on Investing in Clean Energy for a Greener Future

Richard Branson on Investing in Clean Energy for a Greener Future

Entrepreneurs can play a leading role in solving environmental problems, the British mogul says.
November 2, 2011 in Going Green
Richard Branson on the Business of Sustainability

Richard Branson on the Business of Sustainability

The celebrated entrepreneur urges startups to consider developing green solutions for the future.
October 11, 2011 in Leadership
Richard Branson on Time Management

Richard Branson on Time Management

The celebrated entrepreneur shares tips from his experience on staying focused on the big picture for your business.
September 28, 2011 in Business Management
Richard Branson on Why Biggest Doesn't Mean Best

Richard Branson on Why Biggest Doesn't Mean Best

The billionaire entrepreneur talks about how he carved a niche for Virgin Atlantic as a value brand in its market segment.
September 12, 2011 in Startup Basics
Richard Branson on Finding and Selecting Investors for Your Startup

Richard Branson on Finding and Selecting Investors for Your Startup

The celebrity entrepreneur offers his advice on building successful partnerships.
August 30, 2011 in Financing
Richard Branson on Managing Experienced Workers

Richard Branson on Managing Experienced Workers

The billionaire entrepreneur shares his advice for promoting your business's best asset.
August 16, 2011 in Motivation and Retention
Richard Branson on Embracing Change

Richard Branson on Embracing Change

The celebrated entrepreneur shares his music industry experience as an example of finding opportunities in change.
August 2, 2011 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on the Art of Delegation

Richard Branson on the Art of Delegation

The celebrated entrepreneur shares advice on building a team of leaders.
July 19, 2011 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Thinking Big

Richard Branson on Thinking Big

The celebrated entrepreneur shares advice on shaping company culture as you expand your business.
July 5, 2011 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson: When All News Is Good News

Richard Branson: When All News Is Good News

The celebrated entrepreneur on staying in touch and keeping it real when you're the boss.
June 8, 2011 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Disaster Planning

Richard Branson on Disaster Planning

The celebrated entrepreneur shares advice on preparing your business to deal with an emergency.
May 18, 2011 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Self-Motivation

Richard Branson on Self-Motivation

The celebrated entrepreneur shares advice on staying inspired while executing on new ideas.
May 4, 2011 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Attention to Detail

Richard Branson on Attention to Detail

The celebrated entrepreneur's advice for delivering on your business promises.
April 20, 2011 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Branding

Richard Branson on Branding

The celebrated entrepreneur shares advice on defining your business image.
March 30, 2011 in Leadership
Richard Branson on Letting Go

Richard Branson on Letting Go

The celebrated entrepreneur shares advice on empowering the right managers, and making time for family.
March 17, 2011 in Leadership
Richard Branson on Winning Customers' Trust

Richard Branson on Winning Customers' Trust

The British billionaire on how his publicity stunts helped build the Virgin brand.
March 1, 2011 in Branding
Richard Branson on 'Social' Relations

Richard Branson on 'Social' Relations

The celebrated entrepreneur explores how the use of social media can define a company's future success.
February 8, 2011 in Business Management
Richard Branson on Intrapreneurs

Richard Branson on Intrapreneurs

The business icon talks about empowering employees to break the rules.
January 31, 2011 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Managing Change

Richard Branson on Managing Change

Virgin Group's founder shares advice on leading a team through a restructuring or merger.
January 24, 2011 in The 'Treps
Empowering Employees

Empowering Employees

Richard Branson shares his best tips to keep your team inspired and effective.
January 17, 2011 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Customer Service

Richard Branson on Customer Service

The Virgin Group founder explains why your team is only as strong as its weakest link.
January 10, 2011 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on the Power of Your People

Richard Branson on the Power of Your People

The celebrated entrepreneur shares his five best tips for business success.
January 4, 2011 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Taking Chances

Richard Branson on Taking Chances

The celebrated entrepreneur shares his advice on following your dreams and why he always challenges conventional wisdom.
December 27, 2010 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on Passing the Bad-News Buck

Richard Branson on Passing the Bad-News Buck

How to change the 'us vs. them' mentality in corporate culture.
December 15, 2010 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on the Power of Delegation

Richard Branson on the Power of Delegation

The celebrated entrepreneur shares his experience on delegation, motivation and intuition.
December 7, 2010 in The 'Treps
Richard Branson on the Myth of the Lone-Wolf Entrepreneur

Richard Branson on the Myth of the Lone-Wolf Entrepreneur

Why mentors -- and resilience -- are critical to success as a small business owner.
November 22, 2010 in Leadership
Richard Branson on What They Don't Teach in Business School

Richard Branson on What They Don't Teach in Business School

The famous British billionaire reflects on company values and building a successful brand.
November 15, 2010 in Branding
Richard Branson on Fighting to Win in Established Markets

Richard Branson on Fighting to Win in Established Markets

The British billionaire talks about his days as David going up against Goliath.
November 8, 2010 in Starting a Business