Sir Richard Branson, head of international brand Virgin, flew into the centre of the Bond University campus for an hour-long question and answer session on Sunday 30 March. Arriving in appropriately spectacular style via helicopter, the English entrepreneur packed the University’s Cerum theatre with more than 600 students, Alumni and staff, all vying for a chance to hear the words of wisdom direct from the mouth of the self-made billionaire. The event was the third major seminar hosted by the Bond Investment Group that semester.
Sir Richard Branson is an English business magnate, best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies. Branson’s first successful business venture was at age 16, when he published a magazine called Student. He then set up a record mail-order business in 1970. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores and rebranded as zavvi in late 2007. With his energetic and competitive style, Branson’s Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s – as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label. Richard Branson is the 236th richest person according to Forbes’ 2008 list of billionaires, as he has an estimated net worth of approximately $7.9 billion USD.