Richard Branson

Richard Branson is the chairman of Virgin Group. He founded Virgin in 1970 as a mail order record retailer and it has since grown to encompass around 200 companies in over 30 countries. He describes himself on Twitter as a "tie-loathing adventurer and thrill seeker, who believes in turning ideas into reality".

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Defying the bombers: Spectators demonstrating their support for Boston at the London Marathon

Sir Richard Branson: More travel, not less, is the best way to defeat terrorism

What a wonderful reaction from marathon runners, supporters, businesses, charities, government and people all over the world in supporting those affected by the Boston bombings. As well as showing support for victims, getting on with life is the best way to show terrorists they will not win.

Why I'm backing equal marriage

Richard Branson explains how his experiences in business and charity work have led him to join the Independent Voices campaign for equal marriage.

Richard Branson: 'I identify with these young people'

Richard Branson: We need a nation of young entrepreneurs

Last week's staggering youth unemployment figures leave our nation facing an immense challenge: what do we do with our missing million young people? I believe we need to encourage all young people to consider an alternative to the traditional career path, and I think entrepreneurship offers some hope.

Letter: Mobile message


Virgin is not the problem

Richard Branson answers the criticism made here last week that his halo has slipped in his approach to the 'open skies' air talks

Letter: In Brief

Sir: You suggest that our people in Virgin Cola France would be well advised not to take the mickey out of Coca-Cola's misfortune (City People, 24 June). Generally I would agree. However, they recently read a quote which said: "When your competitor is drowning you get a live hose and push it down their throat." Although not an approach I would encourage, this friendly bit of advice came from none other than Doug Ivester - president of Coca-Cola.

Letter: Branson and F1

Sir: Since your headline "Branson tells Blair: keep your promises or lose my backing" (13 November) used words I never said, and since you've published letters as a result, I'd like the chance to set out my thoughts on the cigarette sponsorship debate.

Letter: Babies on trains: Branson's pledge

Sir: Stephen Gray (letter, 21 March) challenged me to be the first rail magnate to introduce baby-friendly carriages on our trains - an area where children had somewhere to play, be fed, changed etc. on long journeys.

The world's favourite cartel

An alliance between British Airways and American Airlines would increase prices and reduce services, says Richard Branson
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