ICON: Richard Branson
Pop quiz, hotshot – what do you do when you create one of the biggest brands in the world, have been knighted and are one of the richest men in the world?
Create a company that manages commercial vessels to go into space of course.
Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson has lived the type of life we could only dream about here at ESM. At a very early age, he started his own publication, moved on to record stores, further moved on to airlines and further moved on to – well – almost ruling the world (isn’t that right, Pinky?).
Here’s a little excerpt from Wikipedia about his personal life:
Branson is the eldest of four siblings. He has two sisters, Lindi and Vanessa. His brother, Ted, followed in his father’s footsteps and became a barrister. Branson had poor academic records which contrasted with excellent performance in sports, especially swimming.
With Joan Templeman he has two children, Holly (b. 1981) and Sam (b. 1984). The couple wed—at their daughter Holly’s suggestion when she was eight years old—in 1989 at Necker Island, a 74-acre (30 ha) island in the British Virgin Islands that Branson owns. He also owns land on the Caribbean Islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Holly Branson is now a doctor. Branson is a supporter of Oxford United.
In 1998, Branson released his autobiography entitled Losing My Virginity, an international bestseller. In it, he wrote of feeling defenseless in a balloon: “I do not believe in God, but as I sat there in the damaged capsule, hopelessly vulnerable to the slightest shift in weather or mechanical fault, I could not believe my eyes.”
If you think about it, Richard Branson is the real life version of “The Most Interesting Man in the World“, who coincidentally is also an ESM Icon.
In the event that you know him personally, please let him know of a startup online magazine that could use his limitless knowledge and resources.
That and we would like to hang out with him. Forever.