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Short Info

Net Worth5 billion USD, 5 billion USD
Date Of BirthJuly 18, 1950, July 18, 1950
SpouseJoan Templeman, Kristen Tomassi, Joan Templeman, Kristen Tomassi
MarkHis Beard
FactFounded Caroline Records in 1973.

Richard Branson was born in 1950 in Blackheath, London, the eldest of three children of Eve Branson (née Evette Huntley Flindt; 1916–2007), a former ballet dancer and air hostess, and Edward James Branson (1913–1993), a barrister. His grandfather, the Right Honourable Sir George Arthur Harwin Branson, was a judge of the High Court of Justice and a Privy Councillor. Branson was educated at Scaitcliffe School, a prep school in Berkshire, before briefly attending Cliff View House School in Sussex. His third great-grandfather, John Edward Branson, left England for India in 1793. His father, Harry Wilkins Branson, later joined him in Madras. On the show Finding Your Roots, Branson was shown to have 3.98% South Asian DNA, likely indicating recent ancestry from that region.

Branson’s parents married in April 1950, when he was four months old. His mother later said that although she had wanted a daughter, “Richard turned out to be a blessing.” She has said that he still calls her “Mum” even though he is a billionaire.

Branson has one younger sister, Vanessa, who founded the children’s charity Kids Company. Vanessa also has two children: Holly and Sam. Branson also has a half-sister from his father’s second marriage to Shirley Hodge: Clare Sarah.

Branson was educated at Stowe School, an independent school in Buckinghamshire until the age of 16. His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. In 1970, he set up an audio mail-order business selling records and renting out a London office to record companies for £50 a week. He had dropped out of high school at age 15 to start his first business venture.

In 1971, Branson was arrested for tax evasion after selling records that had not been taxed. The case was dropped after he paid back the taxes owed.

In 1972, Branson started Virgin Records with Nik Powell. The first album released by the label was Mike Oldfield’s Tubular Bells which became an unexpected hit and put Virgin on the map.

Branson has since launched many other successful businesses under the Virgin brand including Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Holidays, Virgin Mobile and Virgin Money. He is also an investor in space tourism company Virgin Galactic.

Branson is estimated to be worth $5 billion as of 2020. He has been married twice and has three children.

General Info

Full NameRichard Branson
Net Worth5 billion USD, 5 billion USD
Date Of BirthJuly 18, 1950, July 18, 1950
Height1.79 m, 1.79 m
ProfessionTelevision producer, Entrepreneur, Film producer, Actor, Businessperson, Investor, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film producer, Actor, Businessperson, Investor
EducationBishopsgate School, Stowe School, Bishopsgate School, Stowe School
NationalityEnglish, English


SpouseJoan Templeman, Kristen Tomassi, Joan Templeman, Kristen Tomassi
ChildrenHolly Branson, Sam Branson, Clare Sarah Branson, Holly Branson, Sam Branson, Clare Sarah Branson
ParentsEdward James Branson, Eve Branson, Edward James Branson, Eve Branson
SiblingsVanessa Branson, Andrea Branson, Lindy Branson, Tom Branson, Vanessa Branson, Andrea Branson, Lindy Branson, Tom Branson


MoviesDerek and Clive Get the Horn, The Space Movie, Electric Dreams, Around the World in 80 Days, Mojave Magic: A Turtle's Eye View of SpaceShipOne, Fuel, The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia, The Last Great Adventure, JESSICA WATSON - TRUE SPIRIT, Derek and Clive Get the Horn, The Space Movie, Electric ...
TV ShowsThe Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best, Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Oh So Cosmo, The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best, Piers Morgan's Life Stories, Oh So Cosmo

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#Marks / Signs
1His Beard


1[on his friend, the innovative rock star Peter Gabriel] In the early days, we'd go skiing together and Peter would have an idea every 30 seconds. We'd be sitting on the lift with me scribbling madly in my notebook, trying to get everything down. He's worse than me.
2[the test-flight crash of a space-flight craft, October 2014] There is no way I would ask others to go on a Virgin Galactic flight if Indidnt feel it was safe enough for myself.
3For a while now, space has been looking boring. News about space was reduced to budget cuts and deorbiting schedules, not research and innovation. Then, the private sector began designing spaceships to send payloads and people into orbit and beyond. Today, teams like Elon Musk's "SpaceX" are reopening space for exploration..It's a paradox that Elon is working to improve our planet at the same time he's building spaceships to help us leave it. But true vision is binocular, and Elon Musk is clearly a man who can see many things at once.
4Don't forget: never accept the unacceptable. Now we just need to get on with it and make it happen - quickly. Can you imagine what a different world we will live in when businesses do what's right for the communities and the environment in everything they do?
5The majestic and powerful polar bear is an iconic symbol of Canada around the world. With their habitat increasingly threatened and their very survival in jeopardy, now is the time for action. We owe it to the next generation to ensure that these magnificent animals will live on.
6We're one of the only animals in the world that don't really think of ourselves as animals, but we are animals and we must respect our fellow animals.
7I'm a lad of the '60s. I started a magazine to try and end the Vietnam war, but it was a number of years before I had the profile, the financial resources and the time to do more.
8To me, business isn't about wearing suits or pleasing stockholders. It's about being true to yourself, your ideas and focusing on the essentials.
9If you're embarking around the world in a hot-air balloon, don't forget the toilet paper.
10I'm a bit like the Queen in that I don't carry much cash.
11The funny thing is people won't let me pay for things. I'll be in a restaurant and the manager will say: 'Oh no, it's on the house.'
12A generation ago, the image was that you had to trample everyone else down to succeed - but I don't believe that makes good business sense. If you're the kind of person that jumps down the throat of people, you're not going to be successful.
13For a successful entrepreneur it can mean extreme wealth. But with extreme wealth comes extreme responsibility. And the responsibility for me is to invest in creating new businesses, create jobs, employ people, and to put money aside to tackle issues where we can make a difference.


1Is a fan of the star trek franchise and named the his first spacecraft of his Virgin Galactic venture VSS Enterprise and the second one VSS Voyager.
2Is a great fan of the Television series Thunderbirds and has named a fleet of rescue locomotives for Virgin Trains after the Thunderbirds craft. During one of Sylvia Anderson's many transatlantic trips, she was traveling in a Virgin plane named after Lady Penelope. Unfortunately, the plane broke down and there was a long delay in LA. Mr. Branson did, however, give Sylvia complementary mileage for the delay.
3For the episode of Only Fools and Horses.... (1981) where the Trotters travel to Miami, because they were booked on Virgin Atlantic, Branson wanted a cameo in the episode. David Jason said he was a great publicist, and a charming man, but not among the best actors in the world. Jason assumed he would get free rides and regular upgrades after that, but nothing came of it.
4Founded Caroline Records in 1973.
5Kensington, London, England [May 2009]
6Keeps a hammock in his office in which he likes to brainstorm.
7Ranked #16 on the 1,000 richest people in the UK with earnings of £3,410m, as documented by The Sunday Times "Rich List" (2012) annual supplement.
8Branson's Caribbean retreat is called Necker Island which is part of the British Virgin Islands (naturally enough). Purchased in the late 1970s for a reported $200K when it was desolate and uninhabited, the paradise island is part home to his family, his $30m catamaran yacht "Necker Belle" and his battery-powered, 3-seater mini-submarine "Necker Nymph".
9First car he ever owned was a 1968 British Morris Mini-Minor.
10Co-founded, with Nelson Mandela and Peter Gabriel, world human rights advocacy group The Elders in July 2007.
11Was featured in the Friends (1994) episode, Friends: The One with Ross's Wedding: Part One (1998), when "Friends" went to London. In the episode, he sold British souvenirs to Joey and Chandler. It had been reported he was very nervous about forgetting his lines but all went well. It was noticeable in all the scenes in the episode, which featured airports or airplanes, show the logo of "Virgin Atlantic", the airline of Richard Branson.
12Dropped out of school when he was 15.
14Father, with Joan Templeman, of son Sam Branson (b. 1985) and the daughters Sarah Clare (*/+ 1979, died when she was just four days old after being born three months premature) and Holly Branson (b. 1982).
15Daughter Holly is studying at London's University College in hopes of becoming a pediatrician
16Has expressed interest in opening a casino in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
17Recently registered the business name "Virgin Interplanetary", in case space travel becomes commercially viable.
18Has opened a chain of bridal shops in England named Virgin Bride.
19Started Virgin Atlantic Airways after a flight he was scheduled for was cancelled. Upon hearing of the cancellation, he quickly had a charter jet liner secured, and invited the passengers of the cancelled flight to fly for free. He jokingly posted a hand-lettered sign above the entryway, reading, "Virgin Atlantic Airways - Flight 1." Several of the passengers of that flight became investors of the airline. Ironically, just before Virgin Records was purchased in 1992 by the EMI Group, the label was distributed as a stand-alone venture by Atlantic Records in the USA from 1986 to 1992.
20When he started his record label, the first artist he signed was his school friend, Mike Oldfield. His album-length composition, "Tubular Bells", became a multi-million seller after it was used as the theme to the film, The Exorcist (1973).
21His first business, a used record store, was called "Virgin Records" because it was his first business venture ever.
22Owner of The Virgin Group, which has more than 200 entertainment, media and travel companies around the world. Virgin's interests include an airline, airships, retailing (music, videos and computer games), beverages, cosmetics, clothing, financial services, night clubs, health clubs, internet services, mobile phone services, passenger trains, publishing, record labels (V2 Records), tour operation, film and TV production, and condoms.
23He was awarded Knight Bachelor of the Order of the British Empire in the 2000 Queen's Millennium New Years Honours List for his services to entrepreneurship.




Chloe & Theo2015executive producer
Pandora's Promise2013Documentary executive producer
Jambo Jumbo2010Documentary executive producer
Equation of Change2010TV Movie documentary executive producer
The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best2004-2005TV Series executive producer - 12 episodes
Electric Dreams1984executive producer
The Space Movie1980Documentary producer
Acids of Virgin Music1976producer


The Simpsons2015TV SeriesRichard Branson
Casino Royale2006Man at Airport Security (uncredited)
Superman Returns2006Shuttle Engineer (as Sir Richard Branson)
Around the World in 80 Days2004Balloon Man
Sin City Spectacular1998TV Series
Friends1998TV SeriesThe Vendor
Only Fools and Horses....1991TV SeriesRichard Branson
Derek and Clive Get the Horn1979Man With A Beard

Camera Department

Nova1997TV Series documentary camera operator - 1 episode


Food Matters2008Documentary inspired by


Aladdin1993/IVideo Game special thanks


Mornings with Kerri-Anne2009TV SeriesHimself
Bransons: Come Hell or High Water2008TV Movie documentaryHimself
Caia Quem Caia2008TV SeriesHimself
Fuel2008/IDocumentaryHimself - Founder, Virgin Group
Iconoclasts2008TV Series documentary
The Alan Titchmarsh Show2008TV SeriesHimself
NextWorld2008TV Series documentaryHimself
ETalk Festival Party2008TV MovieHimself (as Sir Richard Branson)
The Early Show2008TV SeriesHimself
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson2008TV SeriesHimself
Oh So Cosmo2008TV SeriesHimself
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2008TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose1997-2008TV SeriesHimself - Guest
Jimmy Kimmel Live!2004-2008TV SeriesHimself
The Apprentice2008TV SeriesHimself
Fields of Fuel2008DocumentaryHimself - Founder of Virgin (as Sir Richard Branson)
Virgin Rides America2008TV MovieHimself
The Soup2007TV SeriesHimself
Business 20252007TV Movie documentaryHimself
We Love 'The Sky at Night'2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Quest2007TV SeriesHimself
HypaSpace2007TV Series documentaryHimself
Richard & Judy2004-2007TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Politics2007TV SeriesHimself - Earth Challenge
Should I Really Give Up Flying?2007TV Movie documentaryHimself
Bryan's Journals2006Video documentaryHimself
Requiem for Krypton: Making 'Superman Returns'2006Video documentaryHimself - Shuttle Astronaut
CNN Future Summit: World in Motion2006TV MovieHimself
Tripping Over2006TV SeriesHimself
Real Time with Bill Maher2006TV SeriesHimself
Rabbit Fever2006Himself
Getaway2005-2006TV SeriesHimself
Open Access2006TV SeriesHimself
Tout le monde en parle2006TV SeriesHimself
Le grand journal de Canal+2006TV Series documentaryHimself
Dusty Wright's Culture CatchCulture Catch2005TV SeriesHimself
Trista and Ryan's Honeymoon Hotspots - USA2005Himself
American Princess2005TV SeriesHimself
Cribs2005TV SeriesHimself
Breakfast with Frost2001-2005TV SeriesHimself
Explorations2005TV Series documentaryHimself
The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
The Daily Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Black Sky: Winning the X Prize2004TV Movie documentaryHimself
Force of Nature2004TV Series documentaryHimself
E! True Hollywood Story2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Lemonade Stories2004DocumentaryHimself
Ant & Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway2004TV SeriesHimself
Larry King Live2003TV SeriesHimself
Extreme2003TV Series documentaryHimself - Presenter
Question Time1998-2003TV SeriesHimself
Jonathan Dimbleby2003TV SeriesHimself
One Shot2003TV Series documentaryHimself
There's Only One Paul McCartney2002TV Movie documentaryHimself
2001 World Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Goodness Gracious Me: Back Where They Came from2001TV MovieHimself
Loose Women2000TV SeriesHimself
Capital1999TV Series documentaryHimself - Guest
The Great Balloon Race1999TV Movie documentaryHimself
The Sunday Programme1999TV SeriesHimself
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno1998TV SeriesHimself
The Basement1998TV Series documentaryHimself - Special Guest
Late Night with Conan O'Brien1998TV SeriesHimself
Omnibus1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Panorama1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Dateline NBC1998TV Series documentaryHimself - Billionaire (segment "Out of Gas")
World in Action1993-1997TV Series documentaryHimself
Diana: The Nation's Farewell1997TV MovieHimself
Venture1997TV SeriesHimself
Nulle part ailleurs1997TV SeriesHimself
Richard and Judy Exclusive1997TV SeriesHimself
Election 971997TV MovieHimself
Ruby Wax Meets...1996TV Series documentaryHimself
Live & Kicking1995TV Series
Anyone for Pennis?1995TV MovieHimself
The London Programme1995TV Series documentaryHimself
Baywatch1995TV SeriesHimself
Royal Variety Performance 19951995TV MovieHimself
The Day Today1994TV SeriesHimself
Whicker's Miss World1993TV SpecialHimself
Birds of a Feather1993TV SeriesHimself
Moving Pictures1993TV Series documentaryHimself
American Affair1993TV SeriesHimself
Surprise Party1993TV Series documentaryHimself
Root Into Europe1992TV SeriesHimself (uncredited)
This Week1992TV SeriesHimself
A Beetle Called Derek1990TV SeriesHimself
This Is Your Life1985-1988TV Series documentaryHimself
Going Live!1988TV SeriesHimself
Record Breakers1987TV Series documentaryContributor
Queen: Magic Years, Volume Two - A Visual Anthology1987DocumentaryHimself
Royal Variety Performance 19871987TV MovieHimself
XTC at the Manor1980TV SpecialHimself (uncredited)
All You Need Is Love1977TV Series documentaryHimself
One Planet2017Documentary filmingHimself
Coked Up!2016Documentary post-productionHimself
Radio CarolineDocumentary filmingHimself
CBS This Morning2012-2016TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Virgin Airlines / Himself - Guest
Chapter One: The Kiteboard Legacy Begins2016DocumentaryAthlete
Don't Look Down2016DocumentaryRichard Branson (playing Himself)
Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr.2016TV Series documentaryHimself
The 80s: Ten Years That Changed Britain2016TV Movie documentaryHimself - Entrepreneur & Founder, Virgin Records & Virgin Airlines (as Sir Richard Branson)
Virgin Galactic Media Project2016TV Series documentaryHimself
Stop the Burning2015ShortHimself
Global Citizen Festival2015TV MovieHimself
Visioneer: The Peter Diamandis Story2015DocumentaryHimself
Today2008-2014TV SeriesHimself / Himself - Guest
Choccywoccydoodah2014TV Series documentaryHimself
The Culture High2014Documentary
Late Show with David Letterman2006-2014TV SeriesHimself
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver2014TV SeriesHimself
Nelson Mandela Redrawn2014DocumentaryHimself
Virgin Active UK2014TV SeriesHimself
We Are Many2014DocumentaryHimself
C à vous2013TV SeriesHimself
South at Six2013TV SeriesHimself
The Story of Now2013TV Movie documentaryHimself (as Sir Richard Branson)
Bono, Richard Branson, and Olivia Wilde Join Matt Damon's Strike2013Video shortHimself
Fox and Friends2013TV SeriesHimself
The Railway: Keeping Britain on Track2013TV Series documentaryHimself
Miracle Rising: South Africa2013Documentary
When Albums Ruled the World2013TV Movie documentaryHimself
Erin Burnett OutFront2012TV SeriesHimself
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon2009-2012TV SeriesHimself
Shameless Idealists2012TV Mini-SeriesHimself
CNBC Meets2012TV Series documentaryHimself
Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis2012TV SeriesHimself
The Hour2005-2012TV SeriesHimself
The Secret Policeman's Ball2012TV MovieHimself
The Big Picture: Rethinking Dyslexia2012DocumentaryHimself
Arise World Economic Forum Davos Special2012TV MovieHimself
Choice Point: Align Your Purpose2012Video documentaryHimself
Hot Spots 20122012TV Movie documentaryHimself - Founder, Virgin Group (as Sir Richard Branson)
The Colbert Report2007-2011TV SeriesHimself - Guest / Himself
Steve Jobs: One Last Thing2011TV Movie documentaryHimself (uncredited)
Piers Morgan Tonight2011TV SeriesHimself
A Day in the Life2011TV Series documentaryHimself
The Earth Awards2011TV Movie documentaryHimself (2011)
Bloomberg Game Changers2011TV Series documentaryHimself - Founder and Chairman, Virgin Group
The 7PM Project2010-2011TV SeriesHimself
Nova2011TV Series documentaryHimself
Breakfast2005-2011TV SeriesHimself - Virgin Oceanic / Himself
Jambo Jumbo2010DocumentaryHimself
Virgin Galactic2010TV SeriesHimself
Carbon Nation2010DocumentaryHimself - CEO, Virgin Group
A Man's Story2010DocumentaryHimself
Truth in Numbers? Everything, According to Wikipedia2010DocumentaryHimself
Equation of Change2010TV Movie documentaryHimself
210 Days: Around the World with Jessica Watson2010TV Movie documentaryNarrator
The X Factor2010TV SeriesHimself
Stand Up to Cancer2010TV SpecialHimself
Entourage2010TV SeriesHimself
GMTV2010TV SeriesHimself
Formula 1: BBC Sport2009-2010TV SeriesHimself
Kyocera's All Access @ Virgin Mobile Freefest2009Documentary short
We Are the People We've Been Waiting For2009DocumentaryHimself
Bondi Rescue2009TV SeriesHimself
Piers Morgan's Life Stories2009TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Wimbledon 2014: The Funniest Moments from the Championships2014Video shortHimself (uncredited)
The '80s: The Decade That Made Us2013TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 70s2012TV Series documentaryHimself
The Wright Stuff2012TV SeriesHimself - Entrepreneur
Pownews2011TV SeriesHimself
Bondi Rescue2010TV SeriesHimself
Real Crime2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Penn & Teller: Bullshit!2008TV Series documentaryHimself
Have I Got News for You2007TV SeriesHimself
The Colbert Report2007TV SeriesHimself
Getaway2007TV SeriesHimself
60 Minutes2006TV Series documentaryHimself - Owner, Virgin Atlantic Airways (segment "The New Space Race")
8 Out of 10 Cats2005TV SeriesHimself
Explorations2005TV Series documentaryHimself
Biography2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Anglia at Forty1999TV SeriesHimself
Omnibus1998TV Series documentaryHimself
Diana: The Mourning After1998DocumentaryHimself
The Day Today1994TV SeriesHimself
Memories of 1970-19911991TV Series documentaryHimself

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