Richard Branson founder of the Virgin Group, is one of the highest profile business leaders in the world. His famous adventures have made him an icon to a lot of people and not just business people. He has set many world records including the first hot air balloon flight across the Atlantic, and he was in the first hot air balloon to cross the Pacific from Japan to Artic Canada. Recently he has also achieved such diverse records as the richest presenter of reality TV; the oldest person to cross the English Channel by kiteboard; and the first person to achieve over a million followers on LinkedIn. Guinness World Records 2014
He is estimated to be worth four and a half billion dollars, all of which he has built up in his own lifetime. Richard did not inherit a vast fortune that allowed him to grow to this extraordinary wealth. His first entrepreneurial venture was a high school magazine at the age of sixteen. Then in the 1970s he started a mail-order record business which then evolved into a chain of record stores. Apparently the Virgin brand came about because one of his first employees thought they were so new to business that they were virgins.
The virgin brand expanded in the 1980s to the airline industry and has since taken on a host of other industries. Richard Branson loves the challenge of business, and the result was to build a massive fortune. His passion for life and his eagerness to take on incredible challenges, not only in his personal life, but also in his business life makes him a great role model. His autobiography Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way is not only a really entertaining read, but it also gives an insight to a man who has helped change the face of society and the approach to business.
To amass the fortune that Richard has, has come about from not only his own entrepreneurial flair, but the astute ability to attract and employ talented people to help build the Virgin brand. The list of Branson’s achievements is vast and there is a wealth of information about his exploits as both a businessman and adventurer. Any student of success in business needs to consider Richard Branson as one of their role models.
Richard Branson Quotes
“Although my spelling is still sometimes poor, I have managed to overcome the worst of my difficulties through training myself to concentrate.”
“If I was a businessman, or saw myself as a businessman, I would have never gone into the airline business.”
“My mother was determined to make us independent. When I was four years old, she stopped the car a few miles from our house and made me find my own way home across the fields. I got hopelessly lost.”
“Having a personality of caring about people is important. You cant be a good leader unless you generally like people. That is how you bring out the best in them.”
“Records are made to be broken. It is in man’s nature to continue to strive to do just that.”
“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
“For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.”