Richard Branson Speaker
Richard Branson Speaker Profile
Known best for his successful companies under the Virgin brand name and their products. He is also famous for his extreme world record breaking attempts.
Richard Branson was born on July 18, 1950, while attending school he started a magazine called Student at 16 years of age. Branson started a Student Advisory Center at when he was just 17, with the aim of helping young people. At the tender age of 20 he also started a company called Virgin which operated as a mail order record store.
Soon after he opened a Virgin record store in Oxford Street, London and then a recording studio in Oxfordshire in 1972. Mike Oldfield was the first artist to sign with Virgin records creating the album "Tubular Bells" which was released in 1973. The album sold more than five million copies.
At 27 Branson signed another known band called Sex Pistols to Virgin Records after the band were turned down by every record label in England. During his ownership of Virgin Records Branson turned it into a major success signing big names including Steve Winwood, Paula Abdul, Belinda Carlisle, Genesis, Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Simple Minds, The Human League, Bryan Ferry, Culture Club, Janet Jackson, and The Rolling Stones. In 1992 Richard Branson sold the Virgin Music Group record labels, music publishing and recording studios to Thorn EMI in a $1 billion deal.
In 1984 Branson moved into the airline industry starting Virgin Atlantic Airways which has become the second largest English long haul international airline and operates a fleet of aircraft to New York, Miami, Los Angeles, Orlando, Boston, San Francisco, Washington, Dallas, and Tokyo.
Since 1985, he has been involved in a number of record-breaking land and air speed and distance attempts In 1986, with his boat, "Virgin Atlantic Challenger II," he crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the fastest recorded time ever. One year later, the hot air balloon called the "Virgin Atlantic Flyer" was the first hot air balloon to cross the Atlantic Ocean, and was the largest ever flown at 2.3 million cubic feet capacity, reaching speeds in excess of 130 mph. Again In 1991, Branson crossed the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Arctic Canada, breaking all existing records with speeds of up to 245 mph in a balloon measuring 2.6 million cubic feet.
He has guest starred, playing himself, on several TV shows, including Friends, Baywatch and Only Fools and Horses. He is also the star of a show called The Rebel Billionaire.
In addition to his business activities Branson is also a trustee of a number of charities, including The Healthcare Foundation. He became Sir Richard Branson after being knighted by the Queen in 1999 for his business ability and enthusiasm for the spirit of Britain. He lives in London and Oxfordshire and is married with two children.
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Posted on 24 February 2015 | 11:36 pm
American actor and writer Ben Stein is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the AmeriQuest Symposium later this month in Florida. This is the 12th annual event in which AmeriQuest has been involved in, and it is designed to be an opportunity for businesses to get together and discuss solutions to help their organizations grow and keep up with the modern economy. Stein will be at the...[Read More]
Posted on 24 February 2015 | 11:28 pm
The CEO and Lead Designer for the company SpaceX has been announced to be the keynote speaker at the 4th Annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference at the Boston Marriott Copley Square from July 7-9. Elon Musk is expected to deliver a great speech with lots of insight given that he works in the aerospace field. The South African born Canadian-American business...[Read More]
Posted on 23 February 2015 | 4:30 pm
American celebrity chef and TV personality Carla Hall delivered a keynote speech about how to cook using smart choices for food to an audience over 350 people at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somersets annual heart health event at the Bridgewater Manor. The Top Chef star was a finalist on the show in seasons five and eight, and she is currently a co-host on ABCs food show...[Read More]
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