Currently alive, at 66 years of age.
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1950 – Born on the 18th of July in Shamley Green, Surrey, England.
– Branson was educated at Scaitcliffe School (now Bishopsgate School) until the age of thirteen.
1965 – He then attended Stowe School until he was fifteen.
– Branson has dyslexia, resulting in poor academic performance as a student.
1966 – Richard’s first successful business venture was at age 16, when he published a magazine called Student.
1970 – He then set up a record mail-order business.
1971 – He opened a chain of record stores, now known as Virgin Megastores.
– Branson was arrested and charged for selling records in Virgin stores that had been declared as export stock.
1984 – Branson formed Virgin Atlantic Airways.
1991 – In a consortium with David Frost Richard Branson had made the unsuccessful bid for three ITV franchisees under the CPV-TV name.
1992 – To keep his airline company afloat, Branson sold the Virgin label to EMI.
1997 – Branson took what many saw as being one of his riskier business exploits by entering into the railway business.
1998 – Branson released his autobiography entitled Losing My Virginity.
1999 – Launched Virgin Mobile.
2000 – Opened Virgin Blue in Australia.
2004 – Branson announced the signing of a deal under which a new space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, will license the technology behind Spaceship One—funded by Microsoft co-Founder Paul Allen and designed by legendary American aeronautical engineer and visionary Burt Rutan—to take paying passengers into suborbital space.
2006 – Branson pledged to invest the profits of Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Trains in research for environmentally friendly fuels. The investment is estimated to be worth $3 billion.
– Branson formed Virgin Comics and Virgin Animation an entertainment company focussed on creating new stories and characters for a global audience.
2007 – Branson also launched the Virgin Health Bank on the 1st of February, offering parents-to-be the opportunity of storing their baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells in private and public stem cell banks after their baby’s birth.
– In August, Branson announced he takes up 20 percent stake in Malaysia’s AirAsia X.