Richard Branson


English Business Magnate and Investor, Founder of Virgin Group comprising over 400 companies

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Like getting into a bleeding competition with a blood bank.

Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress.

The music industry is a strange combination of having real and intangible assets: pop bands are brand names in themselves, and at a given stage in their careers their name alone can practically guarantee hit records.

Virgin is already a global brand. Brands like Amazon have had to spend hundreds of millions of pounds you know, building their brands, whereas Virgin is already well-known around the world.

Well, I think that there's a very thin dividing line between success and failure. And I think if you start a business without financial backing, you're likely to go the wrong side of that dividing line.

In the same way that I tend to make up my mind about people within thirty seconds of meeting them, I also make up my mind about whether a business proposal excites me within about thirty seconds of looking at it. I rely far more on gut instinct than researching huge amounts of statistics.

Most necessary evils are far more evil than necessary.

Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won't make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa - and it's about getting a balance.

The time to go into a new business is when it?s badly run by others.

Virtually every part of the empire will have some form of e-commerce facility by the end of 1999, from the largest company, Virgin Atlantic, to one of the smallest, Virgin Bride.

Well, I'm somebody who is just life, and if I get frustrated by something, then I like to try to put it right,

India is an incredibly vibrant market, which Virgin already, through Virgin Atlantic, has the pleasure of working in. I am delighted that Virgin Comics will not only help to launch the Indian comic market and spin it into the West, but will develop new and exciting talent.

Most necessary evils are far more necessary than evil.

Right now I'm just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath.

There are already 30 people in the world who have collected enough air miles to fly into space.

We are definitely in the market for interesting opportunities and, while David Lloyd is not a club we're likely to be interested in as a whole, we have cast a slide rule over it and would be interested in some of the clubs.

Well, the odds must be against anybody being able to fly around the world in a balloon on the first attempt. All of us who are attempting to go around the world in balloons are effectively flying in experimental craft because these craft cannot be tested.

It already has been through the rigors of flying around the world.

My dad has put his hand up and will be 90 at the time, my kids definitely want to come and if there is room for my mum she will come as well,

Screw it. Let's do it.

There are many ways to run a successful company. What works once may never work again. What everyone tells you never to do may just work, once. There are no rules. You don't learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over, and it's because you fall over that you learn to save yourself from falling over.

We are disappointed at the way this was dealt with at the boardroom level.

Well, we know that people in Australia love the idea of both Impulse and Virgin Blue getting up and adding a bit of competition, and it?s fun to be able to deliver it.

It has been like hitting up against a solid brick wall. All day and all night long, we battled to get through it.

My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, 'Oh God, I've got to do this today.'

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English Business Magnate and Investor, Founder of Virgin Group comprising over 400 companies