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38th Week, 2005 / Edison had his electric chair, Howard Hughes had his movie studio and the Spruce Goose, and NB Stubblefield, the Kentucky wireless telephone inventor, had his watermellons," now says, Troy Cory of tvinews, its RICHARD BRANSON turn." This weeks TVInews person of the week, Richare Branson is about to conquer the alcohol market with his new range of fashionable wines aimed at trendy 20 and 30 somethings. "Virgin Vines"


SpaceShipOne is part of Tier One, Scaled Composites' project to pioneer private manned space flight.
----- The ship will be released from a carrier craft at a height of 15,000 metres, and will fire its rockets to climb to a height of 100km before falling back into the atmosphere and gliding to Earth. Mr Klerkx said he was not surprised at talk of a link between Virgin and Scaled Composites' sub-orbital spaceflight plans, currently being bankrolled by billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen's investment firm, Vulcan Ventures.
----- "Tier One's first flight is causing a big buzz in the alternative space community, because there has been talk for some time about a cheap but cheerful craft that could go into space. Paul Allen tends not to invest in too many silly things," he said.
----- Sir Richard would not say whether Virgin's plans involved Scaled Composites' project. "I won't go any further at the moment - but I'd love to talk to you about it in a couple of weeks' time," he said.


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Born in 1950, Richard Branson grew up in a traditional family
and received his education at Stowe School, where he established a national magazine entitled Student at the age of sixteen.
He started a Student Advisory Centre at 17, aiming to help young people.

1970 - In 1970 he founded Virgin as a mail order record retailer, at twenty years old. In 1972, a recording studio was built in Oxfordshire where the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, recorded "Tubular Bells", later released in 1973.
----- The first album of Virgin Records went on to sell more than five million copies. At the age of 27, Richard signed The Sex Pistols to the Virgin Records label after the group was turned down by every label in Great Britain.
----- This album went on to sell over 5 million copies! Since then many household names, including Belinda Carlisle, Genesis, Phil Collins, Janet Jackson and The Rolling Stones have helped to 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$1billion deal.
----- The Virgin Group has now expanded into international music Megastores, air travel, mobile, financial, retail, music, internet, drinks, rail, hotels and leisure, with around 200 companies in over 30 countries. Yes, we've been busy!
----- Over the years, he signed many superstar 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. As is evident, Branson managed to turn the Virgin Music Group into a giant success.

1984 - Virgin Atlantic Airways, formed in 1984, is now the second largest British long haul international airline and operates a fleet of Boeing 747 and Airbus A340 aircraft to New York, Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, Orlando, San Francisco, Hong Kong, Johannesburg, Tokyo, Las Vegas, Delhi, Lagos, Port Harcourt, Shanghai and the Caribbean. The airline is based on the concept of offering a competitive and high quality Upper Class, Premium Economy and Economy service. The airline has won many major awards, including Airline of the Year Award several times.
----- The interests of Virgin Group have since expanded into international "Megastore" music retailing, books and software publishing, film and video editing facilities, and clubs and hotels throughout 100 companies in 15 countries.
----- The airline was founded on the concept of offering competitive and high quality first class and economy services. The airline holds many major airline awards and recently earned "Airline of the Year Award" for the third consecutive year.
1986 - In 1986, his boat, "Virgin Atlantic Challenger II," rekindled the spirit of the Blue Riband by crossing the Atlantic Ocean in the fastest recorded time ever. Since 1985, Richard has actively engaged in his vocations and been involved in a number of record-breaking land and air speed and distance attempts.

1987 - the hot air balloon called the "Virgin Atlantic Flyer" was the first hot air balloon ever 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.
1991 - this year, Branson crossed the Pacific Ocean from Japan to Arctic Canada, the furthest distance of 6,700 miles, again breaking all existing records with speeds of up to 245 mph in a balloon measuring 2.6 million cubic feet. Richard found himself in Marrakesh North Africa in 1997.
During the same year, Virgin took over Britain's two most run-down rail franchises, CrossCountry and the West Coast Main Line. Virgin is currently engaged in a £2billion fleet replacement programme. And to keep his adrenaline levels high, Richard has been involved in a number of world record-breaking attempts since
1992 - the Virgin Music Group -- record labels, music publishing and recording studios -- was sold to Thorn EMI in a $1 billion US deal.
1992 - In December 1999, Richard Branson was awarded a knighthood in the Queen's Millennium New Year's Honours List for "services to entrepreneurship". Well done, Sir!

1993 - British Airways, faced with likely defeat, settled the case, (Brandson vs. British Airways) -- paying £500,000 to Branson and a further £110,000 to his airline; further, BA was to pay the legal fees of up to £3 million. Branson divided his compensation among his staff, the so-called "BA bonus." (After the so-called campaign of "dirty tricks," Branson sued rival airline British Airways for libel in 1992. King countersued Branson, and the case went to trial in 1993.

1993 - the combined sales of Virgin Group Companies exceeded $1 billion US. In addition to his own business activities, Branson is a trustee of several charities, including The Healthcare Foundation, a leading healthcare charity responsible for the launch of a health education campaign named Parents Against Tobacco, aiming to limit tobacco advertisements and sponsorships in sports.

1995 - Between 1995 and 1998 Richard Branson, Per Lindstrand and Steve Fossett (who joined the team after the tragic death of Alex Ritchie), made a number of attempts to circumnavigate the globe by balloon. In late 1998 they made a record-breaking flight from Morocco to Hawaii but their dream of a global flight was shattered by bad weather, and then a Swiss team successfully circumnavigated the globe in early 1999.

2003 - July, Branson flew a replica of the first heavier-than-air flying machine, the glider designed by Sir George Cayley, at the original site in Yorkshire

2003 - October, he teamed up with balloonist Steve Fossett as lead sponsor for an attempt to break the record for a non-stop flight around the world. A new aircraft, the GlobalFlyer, was built specially for the attempt by Scaled Composites and on March 3, 2005, at about 01:50 PM CST, Fossett completed the record-breaking flight after 67 hours and 1 minute, with an average speed of nearly 300 mph (480 km/h).

2004 - On September 25, he announced the signing of a deal under which a new space tourism company, Virgin Galactic, will license the technology behind SpaceShipOne to take paying passengers into suborbital space. The group plans to make flights available to the public by late 2007 with tickets priced at $190,000.

2005. - Branson Listed on Forbes Top 100.


His Charitable Work
----- In 2002, the combined sales of the different Virgin holding companies exceeded £4billion. In addition to his own business activities, Richard is a trustee of several charities including the Virgin Healthcare Foundation, a leading healthcare charity which was responsible for the launch of a health education campaign relating to AIDS in 1987.
----- The Foundation has also become involved in a lobbying campaign called Parents Against Tobacco, which aims to restrict tobacco advertising and sponsorship in sport. His help in the initial funding of charity projects helped that organisation to raise over £100 million, through campaigns such as Comic Relief and many other charities. For more information on the Virgin Group and charity, please click here to visit our charity section.


In 1993 Richard Branson received the honorary degree of Doctor of Technology from Loughborough University.
----- He became Sir Richard Branson when he was knighted by the Queen in 1999 for his business prowess and exuberance for the spirit of the United Kingdom.
----- He has guest starred, playing himself, on several television shows, including Friends, Baywatch, Birds of a Feather and Only Fools and Horses. He also was the star of a reality television show on Fox called The Rebel Billionaire where sixteen contestants were tested for their entrepreneurship and their sense of adventure.
----- Sir Richard appears at No. 85 on the 2002 List of "100 Greatest Britons" (sponsored by the BBC and voted for by the public). Branson's high public profile often leaves him open as a figure of satire - the 2000 AD series Zenith featured a parody of Branson as a supervillain as at the time the comic's publisher and favoured distributor and the Virgin group were in competition. He is also a caricatured in The Simpsons episode "Monty Can't Buy Me Love" as the tycoon Arthur Fortune.
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