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Sir Richard Branson’s entrepreneurial career started early – at 20 he founded Virgin as a mail order record retailer and shortly thereafter opened a record shop on Oxford Street in London. Virgin Records went on to become one of the top six labels in the world. The interests of Virgin Group have now expanded into international Megastore music retailing, air travel, mobile, financial, retail, music, internet, drinks, rail, resorts and leisure through around 200 companies in over 30 countries.
Virgin Atlantic Airways, formed in 1984, is now the second largest British long-haul international airline, founded on the concept of offering a competitive and high-quality upper class, premium economy and economy service.
Since 1985, Sir Branson has been involved in a number of world record breaking attempts, including flying across the Pacific in a hot-air balloon.
In December 1999, Sir Branson was awarded a knighthood in the Queen’s millennium New Year’s honors list for services to entrepreneurship.[an error occurred while processing the directive]