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  • 1. Richard Branson By: Heather Dela Cruz http://www.theage.com.au/ffximage/2004/11/11/Richard_Branson_wideweb__430x283.jpg
  • 2. Early Life Born July 18, 1950 in Surrey, England Dyslexic Educated at Stowe School Dropped out of high school At 16, he started a youth-culture magazine called Student http://i.timeinc.net/time/photoessays/2007/richard_branson/richard_branson_02.jpg
  • 3. Student Magazine Inspired by student activism in the late ‘60s Focused on the students – not the school Sold $8000 worth in advertisement in first publication 50,000 copies in its first run http://kmcneal.files.wordpress.com/2008/12/vietnam_protest_rs.jpg
  • 4. Virgin Music Opened a mail order record retailer in 1970 1973 – Virgin Records launched Mike Oldfield was first artist signed – his hit “Tubular Bells” stayed on the UK charts for 247 weeks Other Virgin artists – the Sex Pistols, the Rolling Stones, the Culture Club, Janet Jackson, etc. http://i.telegraph.co.uk/telegraph/multimedia/archive/01556/virgin-records_1556606i.jpg
  • 5. The Sound of Success One of the top 6 record companies in the world 1992 – Branson sold Virgin Music label to Thorn-EMI for $1 billion 1993 –Launched Virgin Radio 1996 – Created V2 Records http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2111/2471593998_5a9c57fdf8.jpg
  • 6. Taking the Air Branson’s true passion lies in the airline industry 1984 – Created Virgin Atlantic Airways (Branson’s most recognized brand) Flies worldwide including Australia, the Caribbean, USA, Asia and Africa Won major awards including “Airline of the Year” on numerous occasions http://www.therefinishingtouch.com/blog/uploaded_images/Virgin-Atlantic-Plane_March-16-732829.jpg
  • 7. Virgin America Launched in 2007 – based in San Francisco Affordable High-end service and entertainment Seatback TV in each seat Won best in-class awards including “Best Domestic Airline” Thrived when other U.S. carriers filed for bankruptcy http://gizmodo.com/assets/resources/2007/08/797063408_0cfd996c86_b.jpg
  • 8. Planes, Trains, and Automobiles Dominates in travel industry Virgin Galactic – takes ordinary people to space for $200,000 Virgin Trains – runs throughout England Virgin Holidays – offers adventures in USA, Caribbean, Africa, Indian Ocean, Middle East and Far East Virgin Oceanic – “flying” submarine; dives 40 meters below surface to enhance experience http://briansmithphoto.files.wordpress.com/2007/02/brian-smith-richard-branson1.jpg http://mightygadget.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2008/11/virgin-trains.jpg http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4024/4327253156_fb271ba287.jpg http://www.virginholidayscruises.co.uk/a/i/ships/carnival/carnival-victory-large.jpg
  • 9. Branson Takes Over the World More than 200 Virgin Brand companies in 29 countries Virgin global revenues exceeded $17 billion in 2008 Ranked No. 261 on Forbes’ World Billionaires list in 2009 Worth about $2.5 billion Knighted in 1999 by Queen Elizabeth II for services to entrepreneurship Also known for his humanitarian efforts including going on a hunger strike in 2009 to raise awareness in Darfur http://thinktankmedia.com.au/blog/wp-content/uploads/RichardBransonVirgin.jpg
  • 10. Works Cited "Branson, Richard (1950- )". Hutchinson Unabridged Encyclopedia . 08 Sep 2005. eLibrary . Web. 09 Feb 2010. Deutschman, Alan. "The Enlightenment of Richard Branson". Fast Company . 01 Sep 2006: 49. eLibrary . Web. 09 Feb 2010 Levy, Steven. "Virgin Master". Newsweek . 02 Jun 2008: n/a. eLibrary . Web. 09 Feb 2010. Lorie, Anouk. "Richard Branson launches high-tech 'flying' submarine - CNN.com." CNN.com . 18 Feb. 2010. Web. 20 Feb. 2010. <http://edition.cnn.com/2010/TECH/02/18/branson.flying.submarine/>. "Richard Branson - Biography -." Biography.com . Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://www.biography. com/articles/Sir-Richard-Branson-9224520>. Shepler, John. "Richard Branson's Virgin Success - The Incredible Triumph of an Enigmatic Entrepreneur." John Shepler.com . Web. 22 Feb. 2010. <http://www.johnshepler.com/articles/branson. html>. "Virgin." Virgin.com . Web. 09 Feb. 2010. <http://www.virgin.com/virgin/>. Virgin Atlantic Airways . Web. 20 Feb. 2010. <http://www.virgin-atlantic. com/en/us/whatsonboard/economy/index.jsp>. "Virgin." Virgin.com . Web. 09 Feb. 2010. <http://www.virgin.com/virgin http://www.virginlifecare.co.za/assets/images/AboutVirginLogo.jpg