Quotations by Richard Branson
Richard Branson, British entrepreneur
Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an British entrepreneur, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. Branson's first successful business venture was at age 15, when he published a magazine called Student. He then set up a record mail-order business in 1970. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores and rebranded as zavvi in late 2007. With his flamboyant and competitive style, Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s - as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label. (Source: Wikipedia)
A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.
Fantasizing about the future is one of my favourite pastimes.
I have always lived my life by thriving on opportunity and adventure. Some of the best ideas come out of the blue, and you have to keep an open mind to see their virtue.
I have enjoyed life a lot more by saying yes than by saying no.
I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It's done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.
I want Virgin to be as well-known around the world as Coca-Cola.
I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn't really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.
Like getting into a bleeding competition with a blood bank.
My biggest motivation? Just to keep challenging myself. I see life almost like one long University education that I never had - every day I'm learning something new.
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 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 gaurantee hit records.