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Sir Richard Branson is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies. Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age. His first business venture, at the age of 16, was a magazine called Student.
In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. He opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records-later known as Virgin Megastores-in 1972. Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic airline and expanded the Virgin Records music label.
In March 2000, Branson was knighted at Buckingham Palace for "services to entrepreneurship". For his work in retail, music and transport (with interests in land, air, sea and space travel), his taste for adventure, and for his humanitarian work, he became a prominent figure.
In 2002, he was named in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons. In 2004, he founded spaceflight corporation Virgin Galactic, noted for the SpaceShipOne project. In November 2017, Forbes listed Branson's estimated net worth at $5.1 billion.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 03-22-18

A brief look at the life of Branson

I ahve to admit, when I first saw these "Bite-sized Biographies" I was skeptical. I mean, seriously, how much could they jam into a 30 minute bio? Turns out, a lot. To be certain, this is nothing more than a scant summary of his life. It includes all relevant events, it just does not go into extreme depth when doing so. Still you might be surprised at just how much information is packed into the bio.

Branson is a fascinating man, and some of the things that happened to him are incredible, such as being forced by his mother to find his father, who was secreted in a 4 mile area, at the tender age of 4. Or him having a secret love who just happened to be the daughter of the headmaster of his school. The book really focuses on his failures and triumphs, but really emphasizes how he learned from every mistake he made.

Jimmy Kieffer does a great job as the narrator. He makes listening easy, and he keeps your attention. Very commanding voice. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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5 out of 5 stars
By mandymay on 03-24-18


Refusal to let your failures stop you is part of the recipe for Richard's success. Starting his first business venture at age 16, this opportunist was determined to be business savvy even with learning disabilities. This book is a short summary of the life of this virgin molgul. Music fans with limited time will enjoy this short bio on the birth of virgin records. I was given this free review copy and have voluntary left this review.

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