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Richard Branson (born 18.06.50) Richard Branson is and English businessman best known for his role as founder of the Virgin Group, comprising of over 400 companies.

Net Worth: According to Celebrity Net Worth in 2014, Richard Branson has a net worth of 5.1 billion USD. Richard

Childhood: Richard Branson was born in Blackheath, London, to Eve and Edward James Branson. He studied at Scaitcliffe School in Surrey, before attending Stowe School in Buckinghamshire between the ages of thirteen and sixteen. Despite having dyslexia, Branson was born with a savvy business mind and an affinity with other people.

Career: Branson began by creating a record business which was advertised through his magazine, 'The Student'. The magazine was based out of the crypt in an old church and became a success overnight. At the suggestion of one of his early employees, Branson adopted the name Virgin to reflect the company's small and fresh appearance on the market. Branson sold records through Virgin for less than the average retail price and, soon after opening his first high street store, was forced to pay a fine for selling products which had been declared as stock for export, and therefore paid less in tax. In 1972, Branson had earned enough money from his record store to launch Virgin Records with one of the store members, Nik Powell. He also bought an estate in Oxfordshire and created The Manor Studio, which he rented to smaller acts and artists. In 1984, Branson created Virgin Atlantic Airways, followed by the creation Virgin Express in 1993. Branson followed this in 1999 with the creation of Virgin Mobile. In 2004, Branson announced that Virgin Galactic had been created with the intention of making flights into suborbital space available to the public for 200,000 USD. In 2006, Branson merged Virgin Mobile with other companies to create Virgin Media. In the same year, he also announced that all profits from Virgin Atlantic and Virgin Trains would be put towards research for new, environmental fuels. Also in 2006, Branson launched Virgin Comic and Virgin Animation. The total combination of all of these companies (as well as many others) served to make Branson one of the top five richest men in the UK.

Personal Life: Richard Branson married Kristen Tomassi in 1972, although they were divorced in 1979. Branson then met and began a relationship with Joan Templeman, leading to the birth of their children. Their daughter, Holly, suggested at eight years old that her parents married, so in 1989, they did.



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Ever Get The Feeling You've Been Cheated? The Soul Of Punk Dies As Sex Pistols Credit Cards Are Unveiled


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Virgin Money has unveiled a new range of credit cards featuring punk-themed designs based around the artwork of Sex Pistols albums and singles. That noise you just felt was punk’s final death rattle, by the way.

The bank has rolled out three designs for the new cards, two of which are variations on the artwork for the Pistols’ seminal 1977 album Never Mind The Bollocks, Here’s The Sex Pistols (the only proper studio LP they ever recorded), and a third which uses the cover of 1976 single ‘Anarchy In The UK’.

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Is Virgin Radio Returning To The Airwaves?


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Richard Branson's brand Virgin Radio could be making a surprise return to the airwaves as part of a bid put forward by Sound Digital, a consortium of TalkSport owner UTV Media, Bauer and transmission business Arqiva.

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"It's been a long held wish of mine to see Virgin Radio re-launch in the UK after the success we had with Virgin Radio UK in the 1990s," said Branson. "The team at Virgin Radio International has worked tirelessly to accomplish this and I'm delighted that UTV Media invited us to join their exciting plans for digital radio in the UK. We wish UTV Media and its consortium success in its application to Ofcom."

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Celebs Get Behind Pressure To Change UK Drug Laws By Signing Letter


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David Cameron will receive a letter from over 90 celebrities, politicians, lawyers and health experts, calling for a review of the current policy on the possession of illegal drugs.

Russell BrandRussell Brand has thrown his weight behind the campaign [Photo: Getty Images, credit: Mary Turner]

Public figures such as Russell Brand, Sting, Sir Richard Branson and Will Self as well as signatories from law enforcement, the Prison Governors Association and the National Black Police Association, have all supported the letter for change, which was drafted by the drug charity, Release.

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Clive Davis Joins Growing Backlash Against Hotel, After Sultan Owner Introduces Brutal Sharia Law


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Record producer Clive Davis has become the latest big name to shun hotels owned by Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah, who announced last week that he would proceed with the introduction of the Islamic Sharia law, a criminal code that permits severing of limbs and death by stoning for people who are gay or commit adultery.

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Clive Davis Has Joined Others In Boycotting The Dorchester Chain Of Hotels.

Through the Brunei Investment Agency, the Sultan owns the Dorchester Collection luxury hotel chain, which includes the Hotel Bel-Air and The Beverly Hills Hotel in Los Angeles. As a result of the Brunei law-making, celebrities and other powerful individuals who used to frequent one of the high-end hotels have collectively put their foot down to boycott the chain.

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Kate Winslet & Ned Rocknroll Name Their Son Bear Winslet, Representative Confirms


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Kate Winslet is keeping celebrity tradition this Christmas by naming her child something almost as wild as the weather we are currently experiencing.

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Kate Winslet in October at the UK premiere of Labor Day with the bump now known as Bear.

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It's A Boy! Kate Winslet Give Birth To Her First Child With Ned Rocknroll


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Kate Winslet became a mother for the third time this weekend, with a rep for the actress confirming the birth of her new son this week. This is Kate's first child with husband Ned Rocknroll, with the pair welcoming a baby son into the world on Saturday, 7 December. Congratulations to the both of them!

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Kate and Ned met in 2011, marrying a year later

Already a mother to 13-year-old daugther Mia Honey Threapleton and 9-year-old son Joe Alfie Winslet Mendes from her two previous marriage, Kate welcomed a healthy baby boy at a NHS Hospital in Sussex County, England. A rep for Winslet told The New York Daily News this week that both mother and baby "are doing great.”

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NBC Teaming Up With Richard Branson To Create Live Television Special Around Virgin Galactic's First Commercial Space Flight


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Preparations for Richard Branson’s inaugural commercial space flight are in full force and this week, the billionaire announced that NBC was tasked with covering the lead-up and the flight itself. If everything goes according to plan Branson and his two children – Holly, 31, and Sam, 28 – could blast off from new Mexico on board the irgin Galactic SpaceShip Two rocket plane as soon as next August. This is looking increasingly likely, after Branson announced that the aircraft had successfully broken the sound barrier during tests already.

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Branson is almost ready for takeoff.

"We are delighted that we are going to be working with you," Branson, 63, told Matt Lauer and Savannah Guthrie, the hosts of NBC television's "Today" morning show.

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NBC Will Broadcast Richard Branson's First Virgin Galactic Space Flight


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American TV network NBC will broadcast the live launch of Richard Branson's first commercial flight into space.

The founder of Virgin Group announced the news on 'Today' this Friday (Nov 8th), the network will follow preparations leading up to the flight and also film Branson's Virgin Galactic SpaceShip Two rocket plane into space.

The British entrepreneur will board the rocket plane with his two adult children, Holly and Sam, and become the first private passengers to travel into space.

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The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia Trailer


Dyslexia is a disorder that renders sufferers unable to comprehend words easily or accurately and is probably the most common learning disability that affects only one area of their academic skill. However, despite common misconceptions, dyslexia has nothing to do with intelligence; indeed, some of the biggest academic and creative geniuses in the world suffered from it including author Lewis Carroll, musician John Lennon, artist Leonardo da Vinci and scientist Albert Einstein. This documentary takes viewers into the lives of several dyslexics who don't let their struggles interfere with their high ambitions. They include Allison, a graduate from Columbia University; Skye, a young talented dancer; Sebastian, a ski racer; and Dylan, a high school senior with hopes of a higher education at a prestigious university.

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Hawking Review


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Stephen Hawking proves to be an entertaining storyteller in this autobiographical documentary in which, with the help of two cowriters, he takes us on a trip through his life. It's a fascinating narrative, peppered with witty anecdotes and pithy observations. But it feels perhaps a bit too triumphant, and only rarely lets us see the man behind the famous public persona.

Hawking tells his own story, starting with his birth into an academic Oxford family and early fascination with the cosmos. He found school and university rather easy, and it wasn't until he started his PhD at Cambridge that he had his first eureka moment. It was also at this time, aged 21, when he was diagnosed with motor neurone disease and given just three years to live. But the condition developed slower than expected, so he married his girlfriend Jane and continued his studies. And over the following 50 years he has completely changed the way we understand the universe.

There are several key recurring themes here, as Hawking reveals his thoughts about science, culture and sex with humour and insight. He also lets us see his ongoing desire for recognition in his field. This is what led him to battle through the writing of his international bestseller A Brief History of Time, and also why he took a memorable guest-starring role on The Simpsons. The film recounts both experiences, as well as a hilarious TV appearance with Carrey and his friendships with everyone from Steven Spielberg to Barack Obama.

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Richard Branson

Date of birth

18th July, 1950

Occupation

Businessman

Sex

Male

Height

1.79




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The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia Trailer

The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia Trailer

Dyslexia is a disorder that renders sufferers unable to comprehend words easily or accurately and...

Hawking Movie Review

Hawking Movie Review

Stephen Hawking proves to be an entertaining storyteller in this autobiographical documentary in which, with...

Around The World In 80 Days Movie Review

Around The World In 80 Days Movie Review

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