Richard Branson

Richard Branson

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Topics

  • Leadership Strategies
  • Entrepreneurship
  • The Richard Branson Story
  • The Virgin Way

What he offers

In his presentations Richard Branson talks about his business philosophies as a “transformational leader” with his unique business strategies. He stresses that the Virgin Group is an organization driven on informality and information, one that is bottom-heavy rather than strangled by top-level management.

How he presents

A charismatic and charming individual, Richard Branson talks candidly about his business ventures and the leadership skills which have made him into a truly global player.

Sir Richard Branson is the eccentric and outspoken founder of the Virgin Group. Virgin is one of the world’s most irresistible brands and has expanded into many diverse sectors from travel to telecommunications, health to banking and music to leisure. Branson has challenged himself with many record breaking adventures, including the fastest ever Atlantic Ocean crossing, a series of hot air balloon adventures and kitesurfing across the English Channel. He has described Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, as being “the greatest adventure of all”. Space travel has been a dream for Branson since he watched the moon landings on TV, and he registered the Virgin Galactic name in 1999. He is also a record breaker online, voted the UK’s number one Twitter user, the world’s most social CEO and the world’s most followed person on LinkedIn.

Since starting youth culture magazine student aged, Branson has found entrepreneurial ways to provoke positive change in the world. He started a Student Advisory Centre aged 17 to help young people overcome issues ranging from abortion to sexuality. He set up the Virgin Earth Challenge in 2007 – a $25 million prize for scalable and sustainable ways of removing greenhouse gases from the air. In 2004 he established non-profit foundation Virgin Unite to tackle tough social and environmental problems and strives to make business a force for good. Most of his time is now spent working with Virgin Unite and organisations it has incubated, such as The Elders, Carbon War Room, B Team and Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the OceanElders.

Publications:

  • The Virgin Way (2014)
  • Like a Virgin (2012)
  • Screw Business As Usual (2011)
  • Reach for the Skies (2010)
  • Business Stripped Bare (2008)
  • Screw It, Let’s Do It (2006)
  • Losing My Virginity (1998)

Awards:

  • On 9 October 2014, Branson was named as the No. 1 LGBT ally by the OUTstanding organisation
  • On 21 September 2014, Branson was recognized by The Sunday Times as the most admired business person over the last five decades
  • On 15 May 2014, Branson received the 2014 Business for Peace Award, by the Business for Peace Foundation in Oslo, Norway
  • On February 11, 2012, Branson was honoured with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ President’s Merit Award
  • On 14 November 2011, Branson was awarded the ISTA Prize by the International Space Transport Association in The Hague
  • On 24 January 2011, Branson was awarded the German Media Prize (organised by “Media Control Charts” ), previously handed to former U.S. president Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama
  • On 7 December 2007, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon presented Branson with the United Nations Correspondents Association Citizen of the World Award
  • In 2000, Branson received the ‘Tony Jannus Award’

Presentation Languages: English

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