Richard Branson needs no introduction. The British self-made billionaire is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. This is thanks to his hugely successful Virgin Brand; a conglomerate which includes no less than 400 companies. In a world where businessmen are vilified for their exploitative tendencies, Branson has endeared himself to many with his adventurous personality as well as his humanitarian initiatives. Want to know more about the coolest billionaire in the world?
Richard Branson’s Biography (Age)
Richard Charles Nicholas Branson was born on the 18th of July 1950 in Blackheath, London. His father’s name is Edward James while his mother’s name is Eve. The billionaire entrepreneur also has two sisters namely Vanessa and Lindy.
Branson spent his formative years in England and attended schools such as the Scaitcliffe School in Surrey, Cliff View House School in Sussex and Stowe School in Buckinghamshire. While growing up, he suffered from dyslexia and had trouble reading and understanding. His academic performance was therefore poor and at the age of 16, he decided to drop out of school. He thereafter headed to London to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams.
In London, Richard Branson started out by selling Christmas trees as well as a specie of parrot known as budgerigar. He, thereafter, established a magazine known as Student and later, Virgin Mail Order Records. His business soon expanded to a discount record store and eventually, a music label titled Virgin Records which would go on to become the world’s largest indie record label; Branson will later sell it to EMI in June 1992 for a whopping $1 billion.
The business tycoon has been married on two occasions. His first marriage was to American architectural student, Kristen Tomassi, in 1972. The union lasted for seven years and they got divorced in 1979.
Richard Branson found love a second time with a Scottish lady – Joan Templeman. Branson first met Templeman at his Virgin Records studio in 1976. He was immediately taken with her but it took some time for Templeman to reciprocate his affections. The couple eventually settled down on Necker Island and commenced a relationship in 1978. They later tied the knot on the 20th of December 1989.
Branson and his wife have two kids together. Their first is a daughter, Holly, who was born on the 21st of November 1981. Holly initially aspired to become a doctor and studied medicine at University College London. She also worked as a junior doctor before her dad offered her a spot on the Virgin management team. Holly is now an astute businesswoman and philanthropist. She is married to long-time boyfriend, Freddie Andrewes. They have three children together namely Etta, Artie, and Lola Snow Templeman Andrewes.
Richard Branson’s second child is a son, Sam, who was born on the 12th of August 1985. He is an actor and producer, as well as a philanthropist. Sam is married to English model/actress, Isabella Calthorpe. They have two children together namely Eva-Deia and Bluey.
Richard Branson is 5 feet 10 inches tall and his weight is given as 87kg. The Virgin founder boasts of a good physique and the reason is not farfetched; he is a well-known lover of adventure and regularly indulges in activities such as hiking, surfing, biking, and kayaking. Branson is also a gym junkie and takes his fitness routine, which includes biking, playing tennis and weight training, very seriously. Additionally, the entrepreneur drinks in moderation, eats healthy, and practices portion control.
Branson is one individual who strongly believes in giving back to society. He has spearheaded several philanthropic initiatives including Virgin Startup which gave start-up loans to thousands of young entrepreneurs.
Branson is also a sponsor of the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children. He has organized a humanitarian concert to benefit the Venezuelan people as well. Additionally, the Virgin founder used to be a climate change-sceptic. He has, however, repented and has pursued initiatives to tackle the menace.
What Is Richard Branson’s Net Worth?
Richard Branson ranks amongst the 500 richest individuals in the world with a net worth of $4.1 billion. Since he first tasted success with Virgin Records, the London-born Branson has not looked back. He has gone on to set up or acquire other lucrative companies including Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Holidays, Virgin Trains, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Blue, Virgin Fuels, Virgin Comics, Virgin Animation, Virgin Money, Virgin Healthcare, V2, Virgin Hotels and Virgin Galactic – a space tourism company which aspires to take paying passengers into outer space. The company will utilize the SpaceShipTwo spacecraft and a journey is priced at $200,000.