Finding My Virginity
50 years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business. In his new autobiography, Virginity Lost, the Virgin Founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the world's ultimate entrepreneur. In Virginity Lost, Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand, his dreams of private citizens flying to space develop from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality, and his focus shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good. Following on from where bestselling Losing My Virginityleft off at the dawn of the new millennium, Virginity Losttakes the reader on a rollercoaster ride with the enigmatic entrepreneur. Learn how Branson created 10 different billion dollar businesses and hundreds more companies across dozens of sectors, going from a houseboat to his own private island. But this book goes far beyond the numbers - it is a journey into the heart and mind of Britain's best-loved businessman. Join Sir Richard as he juggles working life with raising his children Holly and Sam, building a marriage with his wife Joan and creating a unique company culture. Discover how he created a new life on Necker Island, while continuing to grow the Virgin brand into all corners of the world. Get the real story behind adventures and run-ins with everyone from Bill Gates and Rupert Murdoch to Nelson Mandela and BeyoncU. Go behind the scenes as Sir Richard Branson creates the world's first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic, and handles the biggest crisis he has ever faced. Get under the skin of world record attempts on land, sea and air, and see how the original business hippy adapted to becoming a doting 'grand-dude' to his three grandchildren, Eva-Deia, Etta and Artie. This is the true account of how the Virgin Founder reinvented himself and his brand for the 21st Century, while continuing to push boundaries, break rules and reach for the stars in more ways than one. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado and the brand. Find out how the ultimate entrepreneur did it for the first time - all over again.
"A welcome update from an irrepressible iconoclast" * Kirkus Review * "A fantastic book ... offers valuable guidance and inspiration to anyone looking to become a leader, chase a dream or try something new ... and reminds us to embrace original thinking and innovation." * Sheryl Sandberg * "A terrific read" * Bill Gates * "Shares the candid details of a lifetime of triumphs and failures, and provides an intimate look at [Branson's] never-ending quest to push boundaries, break rules, and seek new frontiers." * Tim Ferriss * "This is a fascinating book ... a real page turner" * Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show *
Sir Richard Branson is a hugely successful international entrepreneur, adventurer and icon, and is founder of the Virgin Group. His autobiography, Losing My Virginity, and his books on business, Screw It, Let's Do It, Business Stripped Bare, Screw Business as Usual and Like a Virgin are all international bestsellers. He is also the author of Reach for the Skies. He lives on Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands and is married to Joan and has two grown-up children - Holly and Sam.