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Born 18 July 1950
Blackheath, London, United Kingdom
Residence: London, England, UK
Nationality: British
Occupation: Chairman of Virgin Group
Net worth: 2.4 billion
Spouse(s) Joan Templeman (1989–present), Kristen Tomassi (1972–1979) divorced
Children: Holly Branson (28), Sam Branson (25)

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English industrialist, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. Branson's first successful business venture was at age 16, when he published a magazine called Student. He then set up an audio record mail-order business in 1970. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores and rebranded after a management buyout as Zavvi in late 2007.

With his flamboyant and competitive style, Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s -- as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label. Richard Branson is the 236th richest person according to Forbes' 2008 list of billionaires, with an estimated net worth of approximately US$2.4 billion.

Early life
Branson was born at Stonefield Nursing Home in Blackheath, South London, the son of barrister Edward James Branson and Eve Branson (née Huntley Flindt). His grandfather, the Right Honourable Sir George Arthur Harwin Branson, was a judge of the High Court of Justice and a Privy Councillor. Branson was educated at Scaitcliffe School (now Bishopsgate School) until the age of thirteen. He then attended Stowe School until he was seventeen. Branson has dyslexia and had poor academic performance as a student, but discovered his ability to connect with others.



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