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Richard Branson

Global Entrepreneur and Mastermind Behind Virgin

Richard Branson is the unconventionally opinionated chairman of Virgin Atlantic Airways as well as the founder of Virgin Records, which he sold in 1992 for the unprecedented sum of one billion dollars. He is well known for his adventurous entrepreneurial style and oversees the Virgin Group, Ltd., a conglomerate composed of more than 360 companies, including a travel business, recording studios, publishing entities, and retail industries across the world. He is also known as thrill seeker who has set hot air balloon distance records and raced powerboats across the ocean. All of these accolades have helped shape Richard Branson into one of the premiere business speakers in the industry. Please feel free to contact us today in order to book him for your next speaking engagement. Career Accomplishments Branson started the Virgin brand at age 20 after opening a record store in London. He used the money from the record store to open a recording studio that provided the foundation for Virgin Records. He went on to sign big acts including Steve Winwood, Genesis, Paula Abdul, The Rolling Stones, and others. He sold the Virgin Music Group labels, publishing and studios in 1992 to Thorn EMI for one billion dollars. Following the unprecedented deal, he moved into other industries, expanding his Virgin brand. He founded Virgin Atlantic Airways, a leading English long haul international airline, and Virgin Mobile, the fastest company in history to reach revenues of one billion dollars. Branson has also been involved in numerous attempts to break land and air speed and distance records. In 1986 he broke the record for the fastest time crossing the ocean on his boat, the Virgin Atlantic Challenger II. In 1991 he crossed the Pacific Ocean in a hot air balloon—breaking every existing record at the time and reaching speeds of up to 245 miles per hour. He has made guest appearances on popular television programs including Friends, Only Fools and Horses, The Rebel Billionaire, and Baywatch. Additionally, he appeared in films including, Superman Returns, Around the World in 80 Days and Casino Royale. Branson has also authored several books on business and life, his most recent titled Screw Business as Usual. As a generous philanthropist, Branson supports many charities including The Healthcare Foundation. He also works with global leaders and top entrepreneurs to promote peace. In 2009 he personally assembled a group to create the Carbon War Room to increase the impact of efforts to reduce climate change. Awards and Accolades Below is a list of awards and accolades that motivational speaker Richard Branson has received. Winner of the German Media Prize Winner of the Citizen of the World Award (UN Correspondents Association) Winner of the Tony Jannus Award Knighted by

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  • Fireside Chat: Screw Business as Usual – How to Have Fun, Do Good & Make Money
    In this personal, approachable and moderated fireside chat-like forum, Branson imparts the life lessons he learned and chronicled in his book, Screw Business as Usual. “Over the last few decades as I’ve started up one exciting business after another, I thought that life and work could not get any better. In preparing this presentation, I’ve realized that we’ve really been on a practice run, getting ready for the greatest challenge and opportunity of our lifetime. We’ve got a shot at really pulling together to turn upside down the way we approach the challenges we are facing in the world and look at them in a brand new entrepreneurial way. Never has there been a more exciting time for all of us to explore this great next frontier where the boundaries between work and purpose are merging into one, where doing well, really is good for business.” Richard Branson in Screw Business as Usual, the motivational speaker reveals his innovative and inclusive vision for the future. He aims to redefine capitalism, and flip it on its head– to evolve our values and switch from a just profit focus, to the focus of the future which will be on people, communities and the planet, and as one of the most successful businessmen in history, corporations will just have to trust that it is in their best interest to include the interests of their customers and communities. It is no longer considered counterintuitive in business to be compassionate.
  • A Fireside Chat: Business Stripped Bare – Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur
    Richard takes the audience on an insider journey into the gambles and gambits of Branson entrepreneurship. Referencing and reflecting on his book, In Business Stripped Bare, (the biggest business publication of 2009) Sir Richard Branson shares the inside story of his journey into unprecedented entrepreneurship and reveals the incredible truth about his riskiest, brilliant and audacious deals. Citing examples and experiences from his book, Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur audiences will discover why Virgin tried to take on one of the world’s biggest superbrands, how Virgin Mobile USA holds the record as the fastest company in history to generate revenues of over one billion dollars (faster than Microsoft, Google and Amazon) and how Richard is the only person in the world to have succeeded in building eight billion-dollar companies from scratch – and in eight different sectors. Combining key advice with candid stories of Virgin’s greatest achievements, as well as some of its setbacks, Richard truly inspires audiences during his business speaking engagements with his one-of-a-kind compendium to success in business and in life. Whether you are an executive, an entrepreneur or are just starting out, Branson strips business down to its core and chronicles the steps it takes for you to succeed.
  • A Fireside Chat: Screw It, Let’s Do It – 14 Lessons on Making It to the Top While Having Fun & Staying Green
    “Throughout my life I have achieved many remarkable things. In Screw It, Let’s Do It, I will share with you my ideas and the secrets of my success, but not simply because I hope they’ll help you achieve your individual goals. Today we are increasingly aware of the effects of our actions on the environment, and I strongly believe that we each have a responsibility, as individuals and organizations, to do no harm. I will draw on Gaia Capitalism to explain why we need to take stock of how we may be damaging the environment, and why it is up to big companies like Virgin to lead the way in a more holistic approach to business.” – Sir Richard Branson in his book, Screw It, Let’s Do It Branson looks to the future. In this business speaking engagement, Richard will explain how he is taking his business, and his inspirations, to the next level in some of the newest and most crucial areas, such as launching Virgin Fuels. Yet even when entering markets as influential and impactful to our future as fuel, Branson always reminds us to “have fun with it” in keeping with his contemporary and cavalier attitude. One of his favorite quotes embodies this spirit perfectly: “The brave may not live forever – but the cautious do not live at all!”
  • A Fireside Chat: Losing My Virginity – How I’ve Survived, Had Fun & Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way
    Branson’s book, Losing My Virginity is an outrageous opus of one of the most audacious and genius business minds of our time. Since naming his business after the amount of business experience he started out with – Virgin, Branson has re-written the rulebook for success – creating a group of companies with a global presence, but no central headquarters or management hierarchy, and minimal bureaucracy. In this fireside chat, the business speaker describes how and why many of his companies were started in the face of entrenched competition. He realized that being too big can actually be the reason you fail. Branson capitalized on the advantage of being flexible and free to improve on existing big businesses even when the “experts” said, “Don’t do it.” However, in typical Branson style, he found golden opportunities in markets in which customers have been slighted or underserved, where confusion reigns, and the competition is complacent. Today, Richard Branson represents the new model of the businessman – one who is free-thinking, daring, hardworking, and who lives life to the fullest. Losing My Virginity is a portrait of a successful, balanced life, dappled with rich and colorful stories including: Crash-landing his hot-air balloon in the Algerian desert, yet remaining determined to have another go at being the first to circle the globe Signing the Sex Pistols, Janet Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Boy George, and Phil Collins Fighting back when British Airways took on Virgin Atlantic, and successfully suing this pillar of the British business establishment Swimming two miles to safety during a violent storm off the coast of Mexico Selling Virgin Records to save Virgin Atlantic Staging a rescue flight into Baghdad before the start of the Gulf War In this fascinating exchange, you will hear the ultimate tale of personal and business conquest from a man who combines the business acumen of John D. Rockefeller, with the promotional prowess of P. T. Barnum.

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