Was born on 18th July 1950 in London
Parents Edward James Branson and Eve
Branson had dyslexia, a poor academic
performance as a student, but discovered his
ability to gel up with others
Branson had poor academic records,
contrasted with excellent performance in
In 1998 Branson released
his autobiography entitled
‘Losing my virginity’ an
international best seller
• Formed Virgin Atlantic airways1984
• Entered into Railway business and won the
• Acquired European short-haul airline Euro
Belgian airline and renamed it Virgin Express1996
• Launched Virgin Mobile1999
• Launched Virgin blue in Australia2000
• Was 9th in Sunday times rich list
• Formed Virgin comics and virgin animation2006
• Virgin America airlines
• Launched the Virgin health bank2007
• Virgin Health bank announced it would open
WORLD RECORD ATTEMPTS
• Crossed the Pacific from Japan to Arctic Canada,
6,700 miles (10,800 km), in a hot air balloon. This
record, with a speed of 245 miles per hour (394 km/h).
• A 1998 attempt at an around-the-world balloon flight
by Branson, Fossett, and Lindstrand ends in the
Pacific Ocean on 25 December 1998.
• Flight from Morocco to Hawaii
• Travelled from Dover to Calais in a Gibbs Aquada, in 1
hour, 40 minutes and 6 seconds, the fastest crossing
of the English
Channel in an amphibious vehicle.
• Was knighted for his ‘services to
• received theTony Jannus Award for his
accomplishments in commercial air
• Appears at No. 85 on the 2002 list of "100
• Ranked in 2007'sTime Magazine "Top 100 Most Influential
People in the World".
• Was presented with the United Nations Correspondents
Association Citizen of the World Award for his support for
environmental and humanitarian causes
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