In success stories we take a look at some of the most successful people in history and breakdown their lives and tips to success. In this post we will be featuring the UK born billionaire Richard Branson.


NAME: Richard Branson

DOB: 18, JULY 1950

NET WORTH: 5.1 Billion USD

BUSINESSES: Virgin (Various Ventures)


MENTOR: Sir Freddy Laker

Early Years

  • Richard was medically deemed dyslexic
  • Not a good student
  • His headmaster told him that he’d either end up a millionaire or in prison
  • Parents supported him in his business ambitions
  • Started the student magazine, his first successful business, trading under the name Virgin
  • In 1972 he launched Virgin Records


  • In 1984 he started Virgin Atlantic Airways
  • In 1992 he sold the Virgin label for 500 Million
  • Started Virgin Trains in 1993
  • Started Virgin Mobile in 1999
  • Attempted and succeeded in many world record attempts
  • In 2006 he was worth 3 Billion

Current life

  • Worth 5.1 Billion
  • Owns his own private island by the name of Necker Island
  • Has started Virgin Fuels to find an alternative to current fuels
  • Author of multiple books
  • Started Virgin Galactic, which takes people on flights into space

Top Traits

  • Always dreams big
  • Deals well with failure
  • Self motivated
  • Reads a lot
  • Ambitious
  • Resilient
  • High energy
  • Passionate about business

Top tips for success 

  • Take advantage of being young
  • Follow your dreams and just do it
  • Believe in your ideas
  • Don’t give up
  • Make lots of lists
  • Turn off the TV
  • Prove people wrong
  • Make a positive difference
  • Do what you love
  • Have fun
  • Look after your team
  • Always set new challenges
  • Spend time with family
  • Delegate tasks to others to free up time

Best quote 

If someone offers you an amazing opportunity and you’re not sure you can do it, say yes – then learn how to do it later