The man behind one of the world’s biggest companies, Sir Richard Branson was just 20 years old when he founded Virgin. Fast forward 50 years and the entrepreneur now heads up a global powerhouse responsible for everything from aviation to space tourism. Not bad for a lad from London who was told at school his life prospects were slim. Once named one of the most influential people on the planet by Time Magazine, there isn’t much Richard hasn’t achieved in his career making him one of the most esteemed virtual speakers around. From business success to how to inspire a workforce, Richard can give your audience a boost with his invaluable industry knowledge.
There aren’t many industries that the Virgin brand doesn’t touch. Healthcare, aviation, railways, telecommunications, hospitality, and space exploration are just a few umbrellas of the Virgin brand with more being added all the time. A number of awards and accolades have gone his way to mark his contribution to the world of business the most prestigious of which being his knighthood from the Queen in 2000. He was also named the Sunday Times ‘Most Admired Businessman’ of the last 50 years and often uses his position to push good causes such as climate change and supporting refugees. At all his virtual speaking events Richard can be found passionately discussing these important issues.
As a child school wasn’t really Richard’s forte. In fact, upon leaving school a former teacher once remarked: “he will end up in prison or a millionaire.” He was nearly right as more than 50 years later Richard is a billionaire thanks to the success of Virgin. In 1970, after failing in his attempt at being a Christmas tree salesman, Richard decided to open a record shop. This was the very first origin of Virgin and two years later he launched his own record label, Virgin Records. The company looked after acts including the Rolling Stones, UB40, and Paula Abdul.
Years later it has become the global force we know today with Richard remaining at the forefront of it. Richard’s virtual speeches reveal the secrets of more than half a century in business as well as how to cope with setbacks in life.