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Richard Branson Trivia | 88 facts about the business man

Richard Branson Trivia | 88 facts about the business man

Richard Branson is an English business magnate, adventurer, investor, author, and commercial astronaut. He launched into space for approximately one hour. Let’s dive into some trivia and facts about his life and career thus far as well as his many achievements. 85 on the 2002 list of 100 Greatest Britons on the BBC and voted for by the public Branson was also ranked in 2007’s Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in The World On 7 December 2007, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon presented Branson with the United Nations Correspondents Association Citizen of the World Award for his support for environmental and humanitarian causes On 24 January 2011, Branson was awarded the German Media Prize (organised by “Media Control Charts”), previously handed to former US president Bill Clinton and the Dalai Lama On 14 November 2011, Branson was awarded the ISTA Prize by the International Space Transport Association in The Hague for his pioneering achievements in the development of suborbital transport systems with “Virgin Galactic” On 11 February 2012, Branson was honoured with the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences’ President’s Merit Award for his contributions to the music industry On 2 June 2013, Branson received an honorary degree of Doctor Honoris Causa from Kaunas Technology University in Kaunas, Lithuania On 15 May 2014, Branson received the 2014 Business for Peace Award, awarded annually by the Business for Peace Foundation in Oslo, Norway On 21 September 2014, Branson was recognized by The Sunday Times as the most admired business person over the last five decades On 9 October 2014, Branson was named as the No. 1 LGBT ally by the OUTstanding organisation On 29 October 2015, Branson was listed by UK-based company Richtopia at number 1 in the list of 100 Most Influential British Entrepreneurs In October 2015, Branson received the International Crisis Group Chairman’s Award at the United Nations Development Programme’s in Pursuit of Peace Awards Dinner Branson married Kristen Tomassi in 1972 They were divorced in 1979 He has a daughter Holly and a son Sam with his second wife, Joan Templeman They met in 1976 They were married in 1989 on Necker Island He stated in an interview with Piers Morgan that he and Joan also had a daughter named Clare Sarah She died when she was four days old in 1979 In 2007 Branson was ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church Monastery to conduct an on-flight wedding as part of a marketing effort for domestic flights in the USA on Virgin America airline From 2013 to 2017 Branson served as President of the Old Stoic Society of Stowe School Branson is also an experienced kitesurfer, holding some world records in the sport In August 2016 Branson was injured while riding his bicycle in the British Virgin Islands and suffered torn ligaments and a cracked cheek as a result He was taken to hospital in Miami for X-rays and scans In 2017 Branson’s Necker Island home was left uninhabitable after Hurricane Irma It was the second time the Necker Island home had been severely damaged after the building caught fire when it was struck by lightning caused by Hurricane Irene in 2011 Branson’s mother Eve died, from COVID-19 complications, in January 2021, at the age of 96 A celebration of her life was posted online by her son

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