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Sir Richard Branson
An English Entrepreneur, Investor, and the Founder of Virgin Group

He is an English businessman and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies. Branson formed Virgin Atlantic Airways in 1984, launched Virgin Mobile in 1999, and Virgin Blue in Australia (now named Virgin Australia) in 2000. 

Branson made several world record-breaking attempts after 1985. In January 1991, Branson crossed the Pacific from Japan to Arctic Canada, 6,700 miles (10,800 km), in a balloon of 2,600,000 cubic feet (74,000 m3). This broke the record, with a speed of 245 miles per hour (394 km/h). Between 1995 and 1998 Branson, Per Lindstrand and Steve Fossett made attempts to circumnavigate the globe by balloon. In late 1998 they made a record-breaking flight from Morocco to Hawaii but were unable to complete a global flight before Bertrand Piccard and Brian Jones in Breitling Orbiter 3 in March 1999. In March 2004, Branson set a record by travelling from Dover to Calais in a Gibbs Aquada in 1 hour, 40 minutes and 6 seconds, the fastest crossing of the English Channel in an amphibious vehicle.

Branson has guest starred, usually playing himself, on several television shows, including Friends, Baywatch, Birds of a Feather, Only Fools and Horses, The Day Today, a special episode of the comedy Goodness Gracious Me and Tripping Over.

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Why did you decide to invest in Tumblr?

 Because I like the freshness of Tumblr. Having said that, I also invested in Twitter a few years ago.

Can one suddenly become entrepreneurial at 50?

Why not? If you have an idea that will make a big difference to others. Screw it - just do it!

If you were 18 again today could you achieve the same in this day and age?
 I think so as long as I saw an opening that hadn't been filled. What about you? 
What are the goals of virgin galactic after it space flight missions have commenced? the moon, mars and where can I get a seat
Can get a seat from Dave Clarke @virgingalactic. Rapid intercontinental travel is a dream I want to make a reality.
How do you decide which direction to take your time, resources know-how and youthful years toward?
Where I can make a real difference. Mainly for non-profits such as The Elders and Centre for Disease Control
Do you think self funding a start up and taking longer to set up is better than taking investment/loan?
Self-fund for as long as possible, so you can keep as big a stake as possible
How did you come up with the name virgin?
I was 15 years old...
Do you have any dreams you wish to achieve in South Africa?
To set up a Centre For Disease Control. Nearly there, Europe has one, USA too, why not the continent that needs one?
With your many successes, what still drives you on, where does your motivation come from?is there a finishing line~what is it?
Driven to make a difference, motivated by the people around me. I see no reason to stop.
Would you put your career on hold to go travelling for a year at the age of 21?
Yes. Definitely. Especially in this climate. You'll return invigorated, knowledgable and ready to go!
What do you make of your foray into F1 so far? Can it & will it be better/more accessible for the fans? Live internet footage?
Struck gold the first year, now once again the underdog team building from scratch with @marussiavirgin. Exciting
What is the simplest thing people do not realize about taking their own business to success?
That all a business is is a group of people and the 100% necessity to inspire.
In a "20 second elevator pitch" explain what you look for in a genuine business idea to grab your attention?
An idea that stands out from the crowd. An idea that is original and will make a radical difference to peoples lives.
Would love to #askrichard if I can buy you a coffee when your in melbourne at the end of the month.
If your name was Davida I'd be more likely to take you up on the offer!
Name an Indian woman who you admire for her work and why?
Ela Bhatt who is one of The Elders. She set up an organisation that has created literally millions of jobs for women in India
What is the biggest regret of your career? Would you handle it differently if you could?
Not starting Twitter!
Would you be interested to sell green electric to the whole of Maldives for 35 years?
Coincidently I'm off to the Maldives to see how we can help. Having lunch with the President. 
In crowdfunding overall, it seems pretty common that entrepreneurs get into trouble from overpromising. As crowdfunding grows, will there come a point when the average buyer will grow disenchanted with the process?
That's a challenge that all entrepreneurs face, regardless of where their funding comes from. The fun of Indiegogo is that people can discover projects that they are really passionate about and then play a role, big or small, in making it happen.
If crowdfunding had existed earlier in your career, what, if anything, would you have used it for?
My first companies: they couldn't have gotten going without the help of my mother and aunt.
Why does Indiegogo interest you compared with Kickstarter, which many see as the bigger company in the area?
Indiegogo is global, flexible, and easy to use.
Why did you choose to invest in Indiegogo?
As a young entrepreneur, I had the same trouble getting funding that today's innovators, artists, and humanitarians face -- except they now have Indiegogo, which I certainly would have tried.