How Sir Richard Branson Became a Big Name in Business

30 Apr 2019

Sir Richard Branson stands as the epitome of success for many aspiring business people. The tycoon is well-known for sharing motivation tips when it comes to achieving success, and in a recent interview, Branson divulged another daily routine that he partakes in, as part of his successful lifestyle.

Simply, the routine consists of regular exercise morning, noon and night — for Branson, a game of tennis every morning at 6am and once again in the evening — as well as weightlifting for 40 minutes a day. He states that the endorphin rush, along with the routine and consistency, helps him to ‘feel great’ and ‘achieve anything’.

The proof is certainly in the pudding, as Branson has certainly achieved a great number of things in his life! Let’s take a look back through the businessman’s life and career…

Education

  • 1966: Started a magazine called The Student — a publication run by students
  • 1969: Started a mail-order record company named Virgin Mail Order, and later, an Oxford Street store
  • 1972: Built a recording studio in Oxfordshire
  • 1984: Started the Virgin Atlantic airline and Virgin Megastores
  • 1993: Founded Virgin Radio station
  • 1996: Started a second record company, V2
  • 2010: Founded Virgin Hotels
  • 2013: Test-launched the SpaceShipTwo as part of progress towards Virgin Galactic
  • 2015: Launched Virgin Voyages

Fast facts

  • Branson reportedly starts his day at 5:30am, and heads to bed around 11pm
  • He has broken a number of sporting records, including completing the fastest transatlantic sailing recorded in 1986
  • He named his company ‘Virgin’ after a friend suggested it, as they were all business-virgins. It was between that and ‘Slipped Disc’
  • Branson isn’t ashamed of his business failures: a number of Virgin companies never took off, such as Virgin Cola and Virgin Cars, and he even had to sell his beloved original Virgin Records company in 1992 to keep Virgin Atlantic going

Date of birth: 18th July 1950

Born in: Blackheath, London

Nationality: British

Educated at: Scaitcliffe School and Stowe School

Currently lives in: Necker Island

Total net worth: $4.2 billion

Sources

https://www.cnbc.com/2019/04/16/richard-bransons-morning-and-evening-routines-for-success.html

https://www.biographyonline.net/business/richard_branson.html

https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/dyslexia/

https://www.virgin.com/news/65-things-youve-always-wanted-to-know-about-richard-branson

https://www.virgin.com/entrepreneur/richard-branson-what-to-do-when-things-go-wrong

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