Richard Branson Fast Facts

(CNN)Here's a look at the existence of creator and Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Group, Ltd., Richard Branson.

Private:
birthdate:
July 18, 1950
Birth location: Surrey, England
    Name at birth: Richard Charles Nicholas Branson
    Dad: Edward Branson, attorney
    Mom: Eve (Huntley Flindt) Branson, flight attendant
    Unions: Joan (Templeman) Branson (1989-current); Kristen (Tomassi) Branson (1972-1976, divorce)
    Children: with Joan (Templeman) Branson: Clare Sarah, born and died in 1979; Holly; Sam
    Other Facts:
    Fought in school because of dyslexia.
    Signed famous artists such as Genesis to the Virgin Records label, Lifestyle Club, the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols.
    His properties contain Moskito Island, Necker Island, Make Peace Island and The Uk Island; an excellent-yacht named the Necker Belle; a sub named the Necker Nymph and a spacecraft named the VSS Business or SpaceShipTwo.
    Over 300 businesses have been spawned by Virgin Team in finance, travelling, tourism, cellular telephone, broad Band, media, leisure and well-being.
    Timeline:
    1966 -
    Begins the mag "Pupil" soon before dropping out of college at the age of 16.
    1970 - Founds Virgin, a mail order report business, and soon afterwards a document shop in London.
    1971 - Sorts the Virgin Records music label and constructs a recording studio.
    1973 - Branson's first signed artist, Mike Oldfield, releases the solitary "Tubular Bells," which remains on the united kingdom charts for 24 7 months.
    1984 - Types Virgin Atlantic airlines.
    1987 - Along with Per Lindstrand, becomes the first individual to cross the Atlantic Ocean in a hot air balloon.
    1992 - Branson sells Virgin Group to Thorn EMI. He states the sale will enable him to focus on his airway, Virgin Atlantic.
    1999 - Is knighted for his contributions to entrepreneurship.
    June 2004 - Branson crosses the English Channel in one hour, 40 minutes and six seconds in a amphibious vehicle, establishing a world record.
    September 27, 2004 - Branson declares a licensing handle Mojave Aerospace Ventures (MAV) to finally offer commercial space flights through Virgin Galactic.
    December 7, 2009 - Branson unveils SpaceShipTwo, named VSS Business, a business space craft developed to deliver passengers into orbit for $200,000 a ticket.
    January 29, 2010 - Shows the Necker Nymph, a three-man sub that can dive over 100 feet.
    August 23, 2011 - Fireplace, ignited by a lightning strike, ruins Branson's home on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. About 20 individuals, including members of his household, Branson and celebrity Kate Winslet, avoid unharmed.
    November 22, 2013 - Branson declares that travellers for his business area journey flight pays with the electronic money Bitcoin.
    October 3 1, 2014 - SpaceShipTwo explodes during a check flight, killing one pilot and injuring the other.
    February 19, 2016 - Virgin Galactic unveils a brand new spaceship. It's an alternative for the one that crashed in 2014.

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