Richard Branson: A Biography

Richard Branson: A Biography

Posted by jack_miller | Published 7 months ago

With 3 ratings

By: Hunter Wallace and Jimmy Kieffer

Purchased At: $6

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.

This story of Richard Branson is well narrated and interesting to listen to. I enjoyed learning how Richard Branson overcame many difficulties in his life and also learned from his many mistakes to become a well-respected personality known for his business acumen and personal drive on both sides of the Atlantic and throughout the world.

My only suggestion for the author would be to have written an even longer book which might consist of stories of a number of well-known (or even not so well-known) people from whom we might get inspiration and ideas. I loved this audio book although it was very short.

I was given this free audiobook at my own request and have voluntarily left this review.

- remy_carter

An interesting though extremely brief biography of yet another conventional education failure who went on to become a brilliant businessman and innovator. Interesting and informative, but only enough content to whet your interest for a more in depth look.

- rey_morgan

It as an absolute rip-off and bore no comparison with his earlier books. I destined it to the bin the same day as I received it.

- chloe_perez

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