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Sir Richard Branson

(1950-), Business executive and entrepreneur

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson

Sitter in 7 portraits
Branson was educated at Stowe School, Buckingham, where at sixteen he established his first successful business venture, Student magazine. He established Virgin as a mail order record retailer in 1970, also opening a record shop in Oxford Street, London. Virgin's first major success came with the release of Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells in 1972. Branson later sold the label to EMI in 1992 and today the Virgin Group incorporates air and rail travel, media, financial services and communications networks. Knighted in 2000 for services to entrepreneurship.


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