Born: July 18, 1950
Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is a British 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 who later went into administration in 2008 and only exist now as an online store. Branson's Virgin
brand grew rapidly during the 1980s—as he set up Virgin
Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin
Records music label.
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