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Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

Losing My Virginity (1998)

by Richard Branson

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Love getting inside the mind of successful entrepreneurs to see why they tick. I made lots of highlights in this book. ( )
  DaveHowe | Oct 5, 2014 |
Recommended by Nancy Kennedy
  SFCC | Jun 4, 2013 |
daughter reading this atm.
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
This autobiography of Branson's first 40-some years is quite well-written and unfailingly interesting. Like Steve Jobs, though, he seems so sui generis that I'm not sure any budding entrepreneurs would learn much of use, if that's why you're reading it. ( )
  wanack | Mar 19, 2012 |
Wow! What a read. I relish a sequel and I hope it materialises.
It's just a darned good read. Who knows what Lord Kings autobiography would say about the whole BA dirty tricks; but who cares. It is a good story. Personally I believe Branson. the evidence is overwhelmingly damning against BA.
I must have burst out laughing a dozen times at various parts of the book. The vibrator; Freddie Lakers joke about prostrate inspections etc etc

Buy it! You wont be disappointed. Well done Richard. ( )
  LesMiserables | Sep 17, 2011 |
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Op zijn zeventiende begon Richard Branson een schoolkrant. Nu, iets meer dan dertig jaar later, staat hij aan het hoofd van een immens imperium: de Virgin Group. En natuurlijk is hij ook nog die man van de luchtballon... De onconventionele Richard Branson is een van de meest succesvolle zakenmensen van deze tijd. Risico's en uitdagingen, zowel zakelijke als persoonlijke, gaat hij niet uit de weg, integendeel. In een razend tempo zette hij onder meer een platenmaatschappij, een winkelketen, een luchtvaartmaatschappij en vele andere bedrijven op en hij deinsde er niet voor terug om deze later weer op het spel te zetten voor zijn visie over hoe Virgin er uit zou moeten zien. Zijn voor de zakenwereld ongebruikelijke manier van doen, zijn verrassende gedachten en de manier waarop hij zijn medewerkers weet te motiveren, maken dat hij een hele generatie jonge mensen tot voorbeeld is geworden. Talloze biografie├źn, tv-documentaires en artikelen zijn er over hem verschenen. Nu is er voor het eerst zijn verhaal.
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In this autobiography, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says one of his prime business criteria is "fun." Fun made Branson a billionaire, and few business memoirs are one-billionth as fun as Branson's, nor as niftily written. Not only does it relate his side of near-death corporate experiences, it tells how the chairman literally cheated death by gun, shipwreck, and balloon crash.

Branson's empire--now encompassing interests in an airline, pop music, soda pop, e-commerce, and financial services--began when the dyslexic 16-year-old dropped out of school in 1968 to found the British magazine Student. His headmaster said, "I predict that you will either go to prison or become a millionaire." Briefly imprisoned for dodging customs selling records, Branson got his first million by releasing Tubular Bells, a maverick recording all the stuffy executives rejected. (1998's Tubular Bells III puts the series' sales over 20 million.)

Despite wild tales of Branson's wife-swapping and Keith Richards fleeing naked from Branson's studio at gunpoint with another man's woman, the most shocking parts of the memoir concern British Airways' James Bond-like "dirty tricks" campaign against Virgin Atlantic, resulting in the biggest award for damages in English history.

Though it's filled with famous names, witty quotes, and pulse-pounding accounts of lunatic balloon adventures, it is as a business thriller that the book really scores. His instinctive bet-the-ranch tactics could cost him all, or earn another billion. Either way, Branson will likely remain the most entertaining entrepreneur in Europe. --Tim Appelo

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Candid, funny, inspirational and often revealing about Branson's family, close friends and his personal philosophy on life and business, this long-awaited autobiography covers dramatic events such as the dirty tricks campaign and the balloon adventures.… (more)

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