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Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing… (1998)

by Richard Branson

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This book is a precise account of Branson's career, and throughout it one can find many lessons, interesting ideas and concepts. It never seizes to become interesting, and the BA situation and Branson's ballooning adventures contain more suspense than most suspense novels. It demonstrates the numerous difficult decisions that have to be made, and Richard's characteristic manner of finding a way out of the most difficult financial and legal problems. Throughout the book Richard grows as a person, from a restless young entrepreneur to a man that is changing the world, now the founder of a true empire, and instead of sitting on his wealth, Richard has been doing steady good with his fortune. He should not only be an inspiration to entrepreneurs around the world but to anyone.
  bartt95 | Apr 10, 2016 |
Great Book.. year 2006 chapter was especially great to read : Global Warming, Global Elders, Help for African people simply great ( )
  _RSK | Jan 26, 2016 |
In general, well written and readable. It does come across as honest. The few things that come across clearly, is that he relies considerably on his instinct; he has great charm and networking ability; family means a lot to him; he is a hard competitor.

The part where I felt a bit put-off was where he thought he could stop the Kuwait invasion because of a few telephone calls, and the part where he founded The Elders. While he tried to sound well-meaning, I could not help but feel the arrogance come through the words. How can a bunch of 6-8 people arrogate to themselves the right to be the conscience of the world? ( )
  RajivC | Apr 11, 2015 |
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 |
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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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