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British entrepreneur. In 1969 he founded the Virgin record company, adding other interests later, including the Virgin airline (1984), Virgin Radio (1993), and Virgin Cola (1994): made the fastest crossing of the Atlantic by boat (1986) and the first by hot-air balloon (1987).

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English entrepreneur who created one of Britain's best-known brands, Virgin, and whose wide-ranging business empire (encompassing music, travel, soft drinks, Internet and financial services, mobile phones, bridal wear, clothing, and cosmetics) is reportedly worth £4 billion (in 2006). His businesses include the Virgin Music label (launched 1973, sold to Thorn-EMI for $1 billion in 1992), Virgin Atlantic Airways (launched 1984), Virgin Direct personal finance services (launched 1995), Virgin Trains (launched 1997), and Virgin Mobile (launched 1999). Branson is also known for his attempts to break records of distance, in both boats and hot-air balloons. He was knighted in 1999 for services to entrepreneurship. Early years Branson was born in Surrey, England, and educated at Stowe public school. Aged 17, he started a student advisory service and then launched a national magazine, Student, which three ye...    Continue Reading
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