Born Richard Charles Nicholas Branson

(1950-07-18) 18 July 1950 (age 67) Blackheath, London, England, UK

Residence London, England
Occupation Founder and Chairman of Virgin Group
Years active 1966–present
Net worth US$4.2 billion (2011)
Title Sir
Spouse(s) Kristen Tomassi (m. 1972 – 1979) «start: (1972-07-22)–end+1: (1980)»"Marriage: Kristen Tomassi to Richard Branson" Location: (linkback:// (divorced)
Joan Templeman (m. 1989) «start: (1989-12-20)»"Marriage: Joan Templeman to Richard Branson" Location: (linkback://
Children 2 daughters (1 deceased), 1 son

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English business magnate, best known as the founder and chairman of Virgin Group of more than 400 companies.

His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16. In 1970, he set up an audio-record mail-order business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label. He recently started Virgin Galactic.

Branson is the 4th richest citizen of the United Kingdom, according to the Forbes 2012 list of billionaires, with an estimated net worth of US$7.2 billion