Richard Branson

Producer
Sir Richard Branson became one of the richest men in the world while maintaining a public persona as a cheerful daredevil, attempting to break world records with sailboat and hot-air balloon crossings. Richard Charles ... Read more »
Born: 07/18/1950 in London, England, GB

Filmography

Actor (27)

Don't Look Down 2016 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Simpsons 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

We Are Many 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2014 (Tv Show)

Himself

The Culture High 2014 (Movie)

(Himself)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Between Two Ferns: A Fairy Tale of New York 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Actor

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Stand Up to Cancer 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia 2011 (Movie)

Featuring (Actor)

Criss Angel: Mindfreak 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

MTV Cribs 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Rabbit Fever 2006 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Superman Returns 2006 (Movie)

Shuttle Engineer (Actor)

Around the World in 80 Days 2004 (Movie)

Balloon Man (Actor)

Life of Luxury 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

Richard Branson: The Top of the World 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Queen Noor: Between Two Realms 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Great Balloon Race 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Danger in the Jet Stream 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Behind Closed Doors IV With Joan Lunden 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Tycoons 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Atlantic Challenge 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

Cutting Edge With Maria Shriver 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (3)

Chloe & Theo 2015 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Electric Dreams 1984 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

The Space Movie 1978 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

Sir Richard Branson became one of the richest men in the world while maintaining a public persona as a cheerful daredevil, attempting to break world records with sailboat and hot-air balloon crossings. Richard Charles Nicholas Branson was born in 1950, the son of a barrister and a child welfare advocate. In the late 1960s, he founded a youth-themed magazine called <i>The Student</i>, and then started a mail-order discount record retail business called Virgin Records, which advertised for free in his magazine's pages. The first Virgin Records shop opened in 1970 in London's Oxford Street, specializing in obscure and imported records catering to the progressive rock niche; Branson and business partner Simon Draper started the label Virgin Records in 1972 with a similar musical bent. But with the advent of punk in 1976, Virgin Records successfully rebranded itself as one of the key British punk and post-punk labels, starting with Branson's signing of the Sex Pistols after the band's loutish behavior got them kicked off two more established labels.

Milestones

2010

Founds Virgin Produced, the entertainment arm of the Virgin Group.

1999

founds Virgin Mobile

1984

founds Virgin Atlantic Airways

1972

founds the label Virgin Records; first release <i>Tubular Bells</i> by Mike Oldfield, is one of the biggest selling albums in UK history

1968

opens Virgin Records in London's Notting Hill area

Bonus Trivia

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Names all his businesses Virgin because they're in fields he's never worked in before.

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Named the 4th richest person in the United Kingdom by Forbes, 2012

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