Richard Branson Net Worth $5.2 billion
Richard Branson salary $2,000,000,000
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Richard Branson is an English business magnate, investor and philanthropist and his current net worth is $5.2 billion.
Born in London as the eldest of three children of Eve Branson, a former ballet dancer and air hostess, and Edward James Branson, a barrister, he has two younger sisters.
Growing up, he attended Scaitcliffe School, a prep school in Berkshire, before attending Cliff View House School in Sussex.
He also went to Stowe School, an independent school in Buckinghamshire until he turned 16 years old.
Because of his dyslexia and had poor academic performance on school but had support of his parents from an early age.
He started his record business from a church where he ran Student magazine. While there, he interviewed several famous personalities.
On his show, The Student, he advertised popular records and quickly became an overnight success.
He started trading under the name Virgin, suggested by one of his employees because their business just started.
After he earned enough money from his recording studio, he launched the record label Virgin Records with Nik Powell, back in 1972.
Around that time he bought a country estate north of Oxford, in which he installed a residential recording studio.
Under the name The Manor Studio, he leased out studio time to fledgling artists, including Mike Oldfield.
He released his debut album Tubular Bells under the Virgin Records, and became a chart-topping best-seller.
Virgin Records signed controversial bands as the Sex Pistols, which other companies refused to sign.
The record label went on and signed famous artists such as the Rolling Stones, Peter Gabriel, UB40, Steve Winwood, and Paula Abdul.
Thanks to the contracts they signed, it became the world’s largest independent record label.
After selling Virgin Records and a brief break he started Virgin Atlantic Airways, as well as launching Virgin Mobile and Virgin Blue, in 1984, 1999 and 2000.
Virgin bought European short-haul airline Euro Belgian Airlines in 1996 and renamed it Virgin Express. In 2006 the airline merged with SN Brussels Airlines and formed Brussels Airlines.