Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist.
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He founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies.
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Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age.
At the age of sixteen his first business venture was a magazine called Student.
In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business.
In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores.
Virgin Megastores is an international entertainment retailing chain, founded by Sir Richard Branson as a record shop on London's Oxford Street in early 1976.
Virgin Records is a British-founded record label founded by English entrepreneurs Richard Branson, Simon Draper, Nik Powell, and musician Tom Newman in 1972.
Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic airline and expanded the Virgin Records music label.
Virgin Atlantic, a trade name of Virgin Atlantic Airways Limited and Virgin Atlantic International Limited, is a British airline with its head office in Crawley, United Kingdom.
In March 2000, Branson was knighted at Buckingham Palace for "services to entrepreneurship".
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For his work in retail, music and transport, his taste for adventure, and for his humanitarian work, he became one of the most prominent figures in British culture.
The culture of the United Kingdom is influenced by the UK's history as a developed island country, a liberal democracy and a major power; its predominantly Christian religious life; and its composition of four countries—England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland—each of which has distinct customs, cultures and symbolism.
In 2002 he was named in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons.
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In January 2016, Forbes listed Branson's estimated net worth at $5.2 billion.