“Designed to be your place in the city”
“If your dreams don’t scare you they are small,” says Richard Branson, Co-founder of Virgin Group
Richard Branson has been described as an entrepreneur, an investor, a philanthropist, and a risk taker, to mention a few. The British business magnate who founded Virgin Group is also known for his charismatic demeanour and adventurous spirit.
Richard Branson, who was born in Surrey, England, struggled in school due to dyslexia and dropped out at the age of 16. As a natural entrepreneur, he began his career in the music sector before expanding into other fields, including the space tourism company “Virgin Galactic.”
Virgin Group now owns over 400 firms, including airlines, a bank, and, most recently, a hotel chain, making Branson one of Britain’s wealthiest men. “Business chances are like buses,” says Richard Branson, “there’s always another one coming.”
Richard Branson is also noted for his sporting accomplishments, including the record-breaking Atlantic crossing with the Virgin Atlantic Challenger II in 1986, as well as the first crossing of the Atlantic by a hot-air balloon in 1987 and the Pacific in 1991.
“Rules don’t teach you how to walk.” “You learn by doing and falling over,” Branson explains. Since his entrepreneurship journey, the self-made billionaire has shown to be an amazing leader and trailblazer, shattering the mould.
Branson’s relentless dedication helped him build a massive enterprise and overcome numerous setbacks. On the 30th of March 2000, Charles, Prince of Wales knighted him at Buckingham Palace, earning him the title Sir Richard Branson.
Branson, an unusual leader, has proven that “there is no greater thing you can do with your life and career than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.”