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      CEO, Virgin Group
      Richard Branson was born in 1950, and educated at Stowe School, where he established a national magazine called Student at the age of sixteen. He started a Student Advisory Centre at age 17 to help young people. In 1970 he founded Virgin as a mail order record retailer and shortly thereafter open... read more
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      Richard Branson was born in 1950, and educated at Stowe School, where he established a national magazine called Student at the age of sixteen. He started a Student Advisory Centre at age 17 to help young people. In 1970 he founded Virgin as a mail order record retailer and shortly thereafter opened a record shop in Oxford Street, London. During 1972 a recording studio was built in Oxfordshire where the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, recorded "Tubular Bells" which was released in 1973. The first album of the newly created Virgin Records went on to sell over 5 million copies and over the years many household names, including, Belinda Carlisle, Genesis, Phil Collins, Janet Jackson and The Rolling Stones helped make Virgin Music one of the top six record companies in the world. The equity of Virgin Music Group - record labels, music publishing, and recording studios was sold to THORN EMI in 1992 in a US$1Bn deal. The interests of Virgin Group have now expanded into international "Megastore" music retailing, air travel, mobile, financial, retail, music, internet, drinks, rail, resorts and leisure, through around 200 companies in over 30 countries. In December 1999 Richard Branson was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's millennium New Years honours list for "services to entrepreneurship".

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