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Transcript of Richard Branson
After this Sir Richard turned his attention to music. The name "Virgin" came about when when one group member said: "they we're complete virgins at business." When he was 17, he opened a Student Advisory Centre, his first charity institution. Branson set up a record mail order business in 1970, started a record shop in Oxford Street, London shortly afterwards, and then in 1972 the record label Virgin Records with Nik Powell, opening a recording studio. His first artist on the Virgin Records label, Mike Oldfield, recorded his single "Tubular Bells" in 1973 with the help of Branson's team. The song was an instant smash, staying on the UK charts for 247 weeks. Artists including the Sex Pistols the Culture Club, the Rolling Stones, and Genesis are what helped make Virgin Records soar to success. The Virgin Molecule Branson's Virgin Group now holds more than 200 companies in over 30 countries including the United Kingdom, the U.S., Australia, Canada, Asia, Europe and South Africa. Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited (Virgin Atlantic) is 51% owned by Virgin Sir Richard Branson's Virgin Groupand 49% by Singapore Airlines as of 2000. It is the second largest airlines in Great Britain behind British Airways and operates between Great Britain, North America, Africa, the Carribean, Asia, the Middle East, and Australia. In 2009 Virgin Atlantic carried 5.42 million passengers, and in the year to February 2010 made an annual operating loss of £132 million on turnover of £2,357 million. The Beginning... Virgin Mobile offers prepaid mobile phone pay-as-you-go service Virgin Mobile was the UK's first Mobile Virtual Network Operator when it launched in the United Kingdom in 1999. It does not maintain its own network but instead contracts to use the existing network(s) of other providers.
Branson'sapproach to a financil credit service. Founded in March 1995, it was known as Virgin Direct but soon changed when it launched its personal equity plan into the market. In the early 2000s Virgin Money began establishing globally. In 1997 Branson took what many saw as being one of his riskier business exploits by entering into the railway business. Virgin Trains won the franchises for the former InterCity West Coast and Cross-Country sectors of British Rail. Branson's ambition is to expand his rail-system into the US with a train going through Florida with a stop at Disney World as well as a train that travels from Las Vegas to California. The construction would provide some 1000s of jobs for workers. Back in 2005, Virgin Galactic and the State of New Mexico announced that they had reached an historic agreement which would see the building of a state funded $200m spaceport on a 27 square mile area of land in the southern part of the New Mexico "the Land of Enchantment".
Virgin Galactic will establish its headquarters and operate its space flights from Spaceport America, the world's first purpose built commercial spaceport which is now under construction. It is 60ft long with a 90" diameter cabin which is similar in size to a Falcon 900 executive jet albeit with no floor dissecting the cabin allowing maximum room for the astronauts to float in zero gravity. Each passenger gets the same seating position with two large windows Just like any conventional flying machine, it requires aerodynamic forces to provide its stability and control which, clearly, it only has whilst in the atmosphere. In space it follows a purely ballistic trajectory, but here it can use small thrusters known as the reaction control system Prototypes went from Mothership Eve, to Virgin Atlantic Global Flyer, to both WhiteKnightOne and WhiteKnighttwo. The best of the best engineers were put to the task of designing and constructing a safe and efficient space craft. Branson is so confident in its success that he and his mother will be on the first commercial flight into sub-orbital space Pricepoint? $200,000 10 keys to success: 1. You've got to challenge the big ones. 2. Keep it casual. 3. Haggle: everything is negotiable. 4. Have fun working. 5. Do the right things for the brand.
6. Smile for the cameras! 7.
Don't lead "sheep", herd "cats". 8. Move like a bullet. 9. Size does matter. 10. Be a common, regular person. Branson is also known for his sporting achievements, notably the record-breaking Atlantic crossing in Virgin Atlantic Challenger II in 1986, and the first crossing by hot-air balloon of the Atlantic (1987) and Pacific (1991). Awards & Honors Sir Richard appears at No. 85 on the 2002 list of "100 Greatest Britons" In 2009 he landed at No. 261 on Forbes' World Billionaires list with his $2.5 billion in self-made fortune, which includes two private islands. He became Sir Richard Branson when he was knighted by the Queen in 1999 for "services to entrepreneurship Giving Back He is the Patron of the International Rescue Corps which is one of the few truly independent front-line search and rescue organisations in the world - a UK registered charity, financed solely by donations and their own fund raising, and manned totally by volunteers.
Teamed up with Al Gore and others in the Virgin Challenge. The Challenge: To find the world's first viable design to capture and remove carbon dioxide from the air. The Grand Prize: $15,000,000 $5,000,000 once judges rule they have succeeded. The rest of the money will be paid out over a ten year period if the judges decide the goal of removing significant amounts of greenhouses gases has been met over the long term.
In closing Despite his crazy stunts that challenge his often unusual and dangerous business methods, Sir Richard Branson can be considered, not only one of the greatest British tycoons, but one of the greatest business moguls, entrepreneurs and overall well-respected men in history with his amazing ideas, concepts... and ravishing good looks. The End hello