Richard Branson

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Richard Branson

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950 in Blackheath, London) is a British entrepreneur, best known for the businesses he helped create under the Virgin brand name.


  • One thing is certain in business. You and everyone around you will make mistakes.
    • From Richard Branson's blog ‘Learning from mistakes’ on the Virgin Website
  • My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, “Oh God, I've got to do this today.”
    • From his interview in The Guardian newspaper, 20th September 2008
  • I became an entrepreneur by mistake. Ever since then I've gone into business, not to make money, but because I think I can do it better than it's been done elsewhere. And, quite often, just out of personal frustration about the way it's been done by other people.
    • As stated in an interview with Martyn Lewis in his book, Reflections on Success (1997)
  • My philosophy is that if I have any money I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around.
    • From his interview in The Sunday Mirror, 16th January 2000
  • Making money never was my incentive. I just want to fight big companies.
    • From his interview in The Sunday Mirror, 16th January 2000
  • If you want to be a Millionaire, start with a billion dollars and launch a new airline.
    • Quoted by P. Greenberg, “Why JetBlue will be different,” MSNBC as cited in Gittell and O’Reilly (October, 2001) Harvard Business School Press Reprint No. 9-801-354 [citation needed]
  • I was born under a lucky star, and I have nothing whatsoever to regret. I wouldn’t change a thing about my life.
    • In his interview with Nina Myskow for Saga magazine, July 2007

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