Richard Branson


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

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So if we were to set up base in this area, I think you would find that it would bring a lot of people to the area to watch the flights as well as fly.

There have been times when I could have succumbed to some form of bribe, or could have had my way by offering one. But ever since that night in Dover prison I have never been tempted to break my vow. My Parents always drummed into me that all you have life is your reputation: you may be very rich, but if you lose your good name you'll never be happy.

We are effectively in an emergency situation. But we are friends with the Chinese people, and this is a sporting event. We have no choice but to go over China, and we would be enormously grateful if they let us in.

We're going to go under the bridge.

It is not for me (to decide). It is up to the company to decide whether the price is fair or not.

My interest in life comes from setting myself huge, apparently unachievable challenges and trying to rise above them.

So I've seen life as one long learning process. And if I see - you know, if I fly on somebody else's airline and find the experience is not a pleasant one, which it wasn't in - 21 years ago, then I'd think, well, you know, maybe I can create the kind of airline that I'd like to fly on.

There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions ? in a way that serves the world and you.

We are embarrassed to have entered the airspace without permission and relieved that they understand our position.

We're going where no one has gone before.

It is only by being bold that you get anywhere. If you are a risk-taker, then the art is to protect the downside.

My mother was determined to make us independent. When I was four years old, she stopped the car a few miles from our house and made me find my own way home across the fields. I got hopelessly lost.

Some 80% of your life is spent working. You want to have fun at home; why shouldn?t you have fun at work?

There is no one to follow, there is nothing to copy. We may even allow those aliens who landed here 50 years ago a chance to go home.

We believe that within five years, 96 percent of British consumers will have access to the Internet, whether it be through a personal computer, a set-top box or a mobile phone.

We're happy to be alive.

It was the most hairy landing I've ever been through.

My philosophy is that if I have any money I invest it in new ventures and not have it sitting around.

Some of the magic will be lost now that the girls are only four. It's sad to see people so close split in this way.

There's nothing like the endorphins from being fit, and the incredible endorphin rush that goes with that.

We have always felt that a company with music at its core rather than technology could do so much better for music fans. It is so user friendly that even I could use it.

We're introducing separate rooms with double beds in all of our planes so people can actually go with their partner and have a proper night's sleep.

It's as inspiring as always, it's brilliant.

Obviously we are disappointed about not making it when we had it in our grasp.

Sometimes you'll fall flat on your face, sometimes you won't.

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