Richard Branson

Richard is an entrepreneur, adventurer and founder of the Virgin Group.

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Richard discusses his desires to go to space in 1988 & 2021

Richard has had a lifelong dream to travel to space, a dream that was confirmed in a live television show back in 1988 when asked by a caller if he was considering going to space.

Richard Launches Virgin Cola

Richard launches Virgin Cola in Times Square in 1994.

From 1996 Virgin Cola released 500ml bottles marketed as "The Pammy", as their curves were designed to resemble Pamela Anderson who was at the height of her popularity in the UK at the time.

Collectors can still purchase Virgin Cola bottles on eBay today.

Richard, Holly and Sam

Richard with his two children, daughter Holly and son Sam.

Holly is Chair of Virgin Unite (the Virgin Group's foundation) and a founder and trustee of Big Change.

Sam produces movies and stars in many including Superman Returns and Requiem for Krypton: Making 'Superman Returns'. Richard also starred in the latter.

Richard with his granddaughter Lola

Proud granddad with his granddaughter Lola, the daughter of Holly and Freddie Andrewes. Lola is 2 years old. Lola’s siblings are twins Artie and Atta (age 6).

Richard has a third grandchild Bluey Rafe (age 4), he is the offspring of Richard’s son Sam.

Richard and Lola in the pool

Richard with Lola in the swimming pool.

Richard and Sam on the houseboat

The first home Richard bought was a houseboat which he called “the Duende”, meaning “the power to attract through personal magnetism and charm”.

Richard has always preferred working from home in order to be near his children and family, and admits he has never sat in “the corner office” even when he became successful.

Virgin Records Documentary

Richard tells of the humble beginnings of his great success, along with obscure office spaces and the challenges of their mail order business, which led to the first Virgin Records store.

From fines to being arrested, Richard and business partner Nick Powell pushed on and created their recording company which was the birth of their great success.