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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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Sir Richard Branson, by John Swannell - NPG P717(4)

Sir Richard Branson

by John Swannell
Iris print, 1992
NPG P717(4)

Sir Richard Branson, by David Stefan Mach - NPG 6494

Sir Richard Branson

by David Stefan Mach
mixed-media (postcard and photo-collage), 1999
NPG 6494

Sir Richard Branson, by Peter Rand - NPG x136001

Sir Richard Branson

by Peter Rand
bromide print, 1 February 1968
NPG x136001

Sir Richard Branson; Will Whitehorn, by Tom Miller - NPG x125414

Sir Richard Branson; Will Whitehorn

by Tom Miller
C-type colour print, 3 December 2001
NPG x125414

Sir Richard Branson, by Harry Borden - NPG x127009

Sir Richard Branson

by Harry Borden
archival digital C-type print, 19 June 2002
NPG x127009

Image currently unavailable owing to copyright restrictions

Sir Richard Branson

by Annie Leibovitz
C-type colour print, 1992
NPG P621

Web image not currently available

Sir Richard Branson

by John Swannell
bromide print, 1991
NPG x38269

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