Branson, Richard Charles Nicholas, Sir
Born: Jul 18, 1950 AD
Currently alive, at 64 years of age.
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.
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