Sir Richard Branson is an international entrepreneur, adventurer, icon, and the founder of the Virgin Group. His autobiography, Losing My Virginity, and his books on business, Screw It, Let's Do It and Business Stripped Bare, are all international bestsellers. He is also the author of Reach for the Skies and most recently, Screw Business As Usual.
¡°Richard is good-looking and very smart, which is sexy to start with. He also makes a billion dollars before breakfast¡ªand still knows how to have fun."
-- Ivana Trump
¡°Few people in contemporary business are as colorful, shrewd, and irreverent, and probably no one¡¯s nearly as much fun to be around. . . . Branson embodies America¡¯s cherished mythology of the iconoclastic, swashbuckling entrepreneur."
¡°Branson wears his fame and money exceedingly well: no necktie, no chauffeur, no snooty clubs. . . . What continues to set Branson apart is the unique -- and, to some, baffling -- nature of his ambition. . . . He isn¡¯t interested in power in the usual sense of influencing other people. . . . Boiled down to its singular essence, Richard Branson just wants to have fun.¡±
¡°Branson, a self-described ¡®adventure capitalist,¡¯ is a business-creation engine who was clearly born in the wrong place. . . . Those business instincts are matched by an ability to motivate people who work for him. And who wouldn¡¯t want to -- Branson seems hell-bent on making sure that everybody, but everybody, is having as much fun as he is.¡±
¡°Richard Branson . . . is dressed to the nines: in a $10,000 white silk bridal gown with a traditional veil and train and acres of lace. . . . Branson is expected to do the unexpected, even the bizarre -- anything to publicize his latest venture. . . . The fact is, Branson¡¯s widely reported stunts seem almost staid compared to the unconventional way he manages his burgeoning empire.¡±
-- Forbes ASAP