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Richard BransonA Brief History of Virgin1968Student Magazine1970Virgin Mail Order19711st Virgin Record shop19721st Virgin Recording Studio, The Manor1973Virgin Record Label1977Sex Pistols signed19781st Virgin Nightclub, The Venue
1981Phil Collins signed 19881982 Olympic Recording StudiosCulture Club signed Virgin Classics record label1983 Virgin Record shops (non-Megastore) sold to WHVirgin Vision SmithsVirgin Games Virgin Broadcasting Virgin Group buyoutVanson Developments announced1984 Virgin HotelVirgin Atlantic Airways BSB holding soldVirgin Cargo 1989The Music Channel Voyager Travel Holdings sells 10% stake1985 Virgin Vision soldVirgin Holidays 19901986 Joint Megastore venture in Japan with MaruiVirgin Group (music, retail, property, Virgin Lightshipscommunications) floated 19911987 Virgin PublishingVirgin Records America Virgin Atlantic wins rights to operate fromMusic Channel interests sold Heathrow45% Stake In Mastertronic Mastertronic sold, Virgin Games expandedVirgin Airship & Balloon Company Joint Megastore venture in UK with WH Smith
19961992 Euro Belgian Airlines acquired, renamed VirginVirgin Music Group sold to Thorn EMI ExpressRadio license granted V2 MusicVirgin retail expands Virgin NetVirgin Megastores joint venture with Virgin BrideBlockbuster Virgin Rail Group100% Shareholding of Euromagnetic Products1993 1997Virgin Atlantic wins libel settlement from Branson acquires 55% in London BroncosBritish Airways rugby league teamVirgin 1215 Virgin Radio sold to Ginger ProductionsVirgin Games renamed Virgin Interactive Virgin Vie cosmeticsEntertainment1994 In 1997, Branson took over some of BritainsMegastores Hong Kong aging railway network, under the title VirginVirgin Retail acquires Our Price Rail. Despite the introduction of new trains,Virgin Vodka the network is still dogged by delays andVirgin Cola Company service interruptions. More recently Branson1995 has founded a mobile phone network, anVirgin Direct Personal Finance internet company, and a Cola, unsurprisinglyMGM Cinemas acquired titled Virgin Cola.
1998Virgin Sun holidays In 2006, Branson sold his Virgin MobileVirgin Entertainment buys out WH Smiths 75% company to telecoms company NTL:Telewestin Our Price for £1 billion. As part of the sale, the company pays a minimum of £8.5 million per year to use1999 the Virgin name and Branson became theVirgin Group announces telecomms plans companys largest shareholder. The newVirgin Net goes free company was launched with much fanfare inTrain ticket booking goes online February 2007, under the name Virgin Media.Richard Branson received a knighthood in1999. In 2007, Branson also bought a ten per cent stake in Malaysian airline AirAsia X and bid toAccording to the Forbes 2011 list of buy a 30 per cent stake in Northern Rock,billionaires, Branson is the fourth richest which failed.British citizen and 254th richest person in theworld. On 9 February 2007, Branson announced the Virgin Earth Challenge, which awards $25Branson is also well known for his personal million to an individual or team that designs aadventures. In 1987 Branson crossed the viable product that will reduce greenhouseAtlantic Ocean in the "Virgin Atlantic Flyer", gases each year for at least ten years withoutwhich was the first and largest hot air balloon any harmful effects. Over 2,600 applicationsto cross the ocean. Branson now plans to circle were made and 11 finalists were revealed on 2the world in his hot air balloon, and has made November 2011.several unsuccessful attempts.
Branson expanded his healthcare empire in 2008 byopening health care clinics offering traditional medicaltreatment as well as homeopathy under the name VirginHealthcare.At the start of the Formula One racing season in 2009,Branson announced that Virgin was sponsoring the newBrawn GP team. At the end of the season, the team becameVirgin Racing. However, Branson was able to takeover Northern Rock for £747 million at the end of 2011, with the deal being finalised on 1 January 2012. He has now launched Virgin Money, with a range of new products yet to be announced. He is married to Joan and has two children, Holly and Sam.