The Untold Truth Of Richard Branson


Like many billionaires, Richard Branson has
plenty of quirks, and his wealth has allowed him to create quite the lifestyle. But his is not the story of a typical CEO. From the sacks, and the drings, to – yes – the
rock n’ roll, here are the wildest stories that have come out about Richard Branson. You know that spooky piano song from The Exorcist? It wasn’t just made for the movie. It’s a song by musician Mike Oldfield called
“Tubular Bells,” and it was Virgin Records’ first big hit. In fact, it’s what got Branson to go from
selling records to making them as well. According to an interview with The Guardian,
Branson heard a demo tape of the track and called it, quote, “some of the most beautiful
music I’d ever heard.” The then small-time music merchant tried to
get more established record labels interested in the song, but they all wanted to make changes
to the sound – so Branson helped release it himself, as the first release from Virgin
Records. The song’s appearance in the 1973 horror classic
brought it worldwide acclaim, holding on to the British music charts for an incredible
286 weeks. It was a massive hit that changed the lives
of both Branson and Oldfield, helping to make Virgin Records a real player in the music
business. The success of the track stuck with Branson,
who later said he named one of the Virgin aircrafts ‘Tubular Belle’ in honor of the
song. Since he credits the song with jumpstarting
the whole Virgin enterprise, he’s naturally quite fond of it – as he later told The Guardian, “I’ve listened to it so much, my wife won’t
let me play it anymore.” Strangely enough, it reportedly took 10 years
after the release of The Exorcist for Oldfield to watch the movie that helped make it such
a hit. Maybe he didn’t want to ruin his appetite
for pea soup. Branson married American architecture student
Kristen Tomassi in 1972. He was 21, and she was 20. Their wedding got an announcement in The New
York Times, but the marriage didn’t last. In keeping with the liberated trends of the
time, the couple tried the swinging lifestyle with an open marriage. They entered into a partner-swapping situation
with Soft Machine musician Kevin Ayers and his wife. Branson didn’t do very well with Ayers’ wife,
but Kristen and Kevin hooked up and had a child together. Branson later said that in retrospect he and
his first wife simply had been too young for their marriage to last. Branson has been open about his sacks life
– arguably too open, writing about his late-in-life circumcision and other TMI details in a book
called Losing My Virginity. He has claimed in an interview with GQ that
he’s a member of the so-called Mile High Club, just one detail among many others that we
really never needed to know. Being inducted into that club doesn’t sound
like the most luxurious experience, either. As the business mogul put it, “The problem with plane [bathrooms] generally
is that they are very small, and the acrobatics can’t take too long because there’s no
room and people start banging on the door.” Branson met his second wife, Joan Templeman,
in 1976, while she was reportedly still married to musician Ronnie Leahy, the keyboard player
for Nazareth. Despite that, Richard and Joan have been together
over 40 years now, and had two kids together before they finally tied the knot in 1989. Branson is most famous around the world for
Virgin Records and Virgin Airlines. But he sold the record label in 1992, reportedly
to keep the airline business’ lights on, later claiming to have shed tears over the decision. He is also known for Virgin Mobile, Virgin
Radio, and Virgin Trains in the United Kingdom, among other businesses in Virgin Group. But not all of his businesses have been successful. Virgin brands that have come and gone include
Virgin Clothing, Virgin Vodka, Virgin Jeans, Virgin Cosmetics, Virgin Cars, Virgin Cola,
and even Virgin Brides – a name which seems like a little much. Despite these and other failures, the brand
has forged on. It seems that, for Richard Branson, “Screw
It, Let’s Do It” is more than just a book title. It’s a way of life. When Branson’s business ventures first took
off in England in the 1970s, he became known for excessive partying, and even learned some
lifestyle tips from real-life rock stars. Branson claimed in an interview with Piers
Morgan that Rolling Stones guitarist and future Virgin Records labelmate Keith Richards is
the one who showed him the finer points of rolling a joint. Branson says he’s also used cocacola and empathy. The entrepreneur claimed to have also kicked
back and done drangs with his son during a gap year vacation, recalling to GQ, “We learned to surf and had some nights where
we laughed our heads off for eight hours.” Branson also helped his son Sam make a documentary
about droogs in 2012 called Breaking the Taboo, which covered what Branson called, quote,
“the failed war on dregs.” In 2015, Branson further called for decriminalizing
use and possession of illicit substances, instead advocating for them to be treated
as a public health issue – not a legal one. Branson doesn’t think durgs are for everyone,
of course. He reportedly helped Culture Club lead singer
Boy George kick a dog habit in 2017. The band was once a big seller for Virgin
Records. The singer told Piers Morgan that at his lowest
point, Branson let the singer live in one of his houses, away from publicity, so he
could use the stability of the arrangement to try and beat his addictions. While the Virgin brand name is prolific, it’s
not because Richard Branson keeps coming up with ideas. Instead, it’s been reported that he simply
licenses the name to other companies, including Virgin Mobile, Virgin Music, and Virgin Radio,
among many others. The setup allows Branson to rake in lucrative
licensing fees while never being on the hook for investment, all while spreading his brand
name further and further around the world. “I learned early on that if you can run one
company you can really run any company.” The Six Pistols kept on getting kicked off
record labels during the punk rock heyday of the mid-1970s. But the band got a break and a powerful ally
when Branson signed them to Virgin Records, effectively co-signing their every controversial
move. It wasn’t just the song “God Save the Queen”
that caused outrage for the band during the peak of their popularity. The title of their album, Never Mind the Bollocks,
Here’s the Six Pistols, got Branson and the band in a bit of trouble, with “bollocks”
being considered something of a dirty word in the UK. When one of his record stores displayed the
album title, the police went after him, arguing that the display had violated old indecency
and vagrancy laws from the 1800s. “The reason you’re here is because it’s the
Six Pistols, and if it wasn’t the Six Pistols there’d be no interest in this boat tonight.” So Branson faced indecency charges. He prevailed in the case when he and his lawyer,
John Mortimer, found a cunning linguist who argued that the word had a long history of
not being profane. Branson said the linguistics professor, who
was also a priest, told him that the word “bollocks” didn’t have anything to do with
male human anatomy, but was rather a nickname for priests in the 18th century. We’re sure that’s how the band intended it. The expert testified in court wearing his
religious garb and helped Branson prevail, with the judge reluctantly finding them not
guilty. It can be argued that scoffing at the law
like this was a pretty punk move, but today, Virgin Money makes Six Pistols credit cards. If punk wasn’t done already, that probably
killed it. What bollocks. Richard Branson was born on July 18, 1950,
and was a high school dropout before gaining success with a magazine called Student. His penchant for hustling reportedly led the
headmaster at his old school to predict that Branson would either go to jail or be a millionaire
when he grew up. He did both. When Branson started the Virgin company to
sell records in stores and via mail order, he also conjured a shady scheme to avoid paying
taxes. Back then, record stores in England had to
pay a 33 percent tax on records sold domestically, but this didn’t apply to overseas sales. As he admitted in his 2011 book Losing My
Virginity, his practice was to get paperwork stamped as if he were going to ship the records
overseas, but then sell them in the country and save on the taxes. As he put it in the book, “It seemed like the perfect way out.” But he was a little too slick for his own
good, and customs officials eventually caught up with him. Branson only spent a night in jail for the
scheme, but his parents had to mortgage their house to get him out, and keep his record
business afloat. He also owed 70,000 pounds in customs fines. After all this, did he change his ways and
start following the law? Not really. He just got better at getting around it. After Branson ended up with a night in the
slammer over taxes, you’d think he might have been encouraged to change his ways for the
better. Instead, he’s reportedly found perfectly legal
ways to avoid paying his fair share. It’s been reported that many of Branson’s
businesses are registered in far-flung jurisdictions that work as tax shelters, including some
holding companies registered in the Virgin Islands, fittingly enough. In addition, Branson spends much of his time
at Necker Island, the British Virgin Islands property that he owns, where there are no
taxes, and he restricts his time in the UK so he can pay fewer taxes there. Despite his obscure, complex, but reportedly
legal practices, the billionaire has had the gall to criticize other companies for avoiding
their own taxes in the UK. Of course, Branson denied his move to Necker
Island had anything to do with taxes, claiming in his blog that he was living in the tax
haven for health and lifestyle reasons. Branson’s flouting of tax law hasn’t gone
unnoticed. In 2016,one British politician, John McDonnell,
even called for Branson to lose his knighthood, which he got in 1999. As the Member of Parliament put it, “It should be a simple choice for the mega-rich. Run off to tax exile if you want. But you leave your titles and your honors
behind you when you go.” In August 2016, Richard Branson was riding
around Virgin Gorda, one of the British Virgin Islands, enjoying one of his favorite activities
– bicycling with his two children. Unfortunately, he was enjoying it a little
too much. While reportedly biking down a hill in the
dark at high speed, his bicycle made contact with a large speed bump, a collision with
which sent him flying over his handlebars. He later said he thinks his helmet saved his
life, and judging from a picture of his face he shared while he was recovering, he’s probably
right. Of course, just like anyone who becomes a
millionaire, he had a little bit of luck to help him along the way. While he did face-plant all over the concrete
road, at least he didn’t go the way of his bicycle, which apparently disappeared over
a nearby cliff. For someone who’s made much publicity out
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100 thoughts on “The Untold Truth Of Richard Branson

  • Truth for those whom are interested
    Matthew 6:24 no man can serve two masters you cannot serve Jesus Christ and Mammon 🙏🦉

  • Richard Branson is a fucking asshole. He actually did an "overthrow Venezuela's president" music fest, to help Trump and the CIA. God, what a fucking asshole!!!!!!!

  • What a bunch of fake shit…for one oldies did not get paid at all ,but some years late Branson gave Oldfield his used rolls Royce…end of story

  • Branson illegally sold dope through the post by posting records or Lps in the 70s with the dope inside! That's how he got wealthy enough to start his businesses! Asshole!

  • Grunge, was that you who highlighted some jerk for trying to insult? Shows your degree of intelligence too..
    I have nothing to do with this crap site. Can't recall watching this video or commenting, so go fuck youself.

  • He supports the right wing facist CIA puppet Juan Guaido in Venezuela. This millionaire is a diabolical piece of sh*t.

  • June 3, 2019 Every journalist faces the same situation as Julian Assange. Richard Branson could probably get Julian Assange out of custody if he put his PR machine to talk to all the royal family, etc. Julian Assange has dental and shoulder pain. People (all ages) have died from dental pain, infections. He should talk to Daniel Ellsberg (facing similar prison time over the Pentagon Papers) in Berkeley, California, for hourly updates.

  • You forgot to add the part were Brandson tries to destroy the NHS. An institution that was set up to help poor people have access to some kind of health service. A service that has been paid for by our grandparents, our parents and everybody else in the form of National Insurance. Then he has the disgusting arrogance to sue them when he does not get his own way. Fucking parasite.

  • This guy is DIRTY, and now it's starting to come out.

    CHILD SEX TRAFFICKING on the island he owns.

    PAY ATTENTION!!!

    WWG1WGA

  • Sue Montague;..this is not bloody fair..I've just received a directive to chat with you again; & I bloody object;..you don't deserve to chat with me..you can rattle your cage as  loud as you like, but I moved on ages ago, & I'm air-raiding others now…People who really do deserve to be fucked over…So leave me the fuck alone…Chat with Bruce Berns, he has nothing to say, but uses a LOT of words to say it too..just like you…Go away now…you're boring…& DON'T get me started on "The Colonel" Montague…don't…just don't…Or I really WILL rattle a few cages your people prefer to keep securely locked…just don't…#Don't…#GetMeStarted….

  • Bollox means the two balls between the two balls between a males legs. . What a load of bollox. 😂😂😂

  • I’m still waiting for my Virgin galactic space flight.
    Shouldn’t be that difficult, should it ?
    After all, it’s not rocket science.

  • Fuck u Branson! I will never EVER sign up to Sky OR Virgin ever again! I always been signed to BT & Freeview!

  • When you lie about a bicycle accident in the Caribbean! Eh? Ol' Richie is in big trouble, and he knows it!

  • I struggle from week to week on a pittance, and there are many worse off than me, including Branson. But I can truly and honestly say that I am happy, except with the way that my country [Ireland] is being destroyed by these globalists satanists!

  • Epstein Island. NIXIVM. New World Order. All things that will bring Brandon (and others) down.
    Why is he so obsessed with “Virgin”?
    #TheGreatAwakening

  • Can’t believe you jealous haters!
    What’s wrong with being rich and successful? I admire what he’s done from such a young age he’s only a normal guy, yes he’s had his hands slapped but most wealthy people try or have tried to tax dodge.
    Wish my business was as successful and I had the money to go big! So everyone who’s hating wouldn’t want a bit of what he’s got? Of course you would!!

  • My Mom: "God, he looks terrible. How old is he?" … Me: "late 80s, I think. I'll go look him up" ….Mom: "He looks like burnt bacon with a wig" … Me, after looking him up: "He's 68! And here's a pic when he was 22 – he's always been hideous."

  • REMEMBER BRANSON …..FLOATING ALL CUTIE…….LOOKING TO COZY….OBAMA ….LAUGHING WITH BIG MOUTH AREAS ..EXPOSED…LOOKED WIERD…

  • It's all smoke and mirrors, licensing it's all OPM, other peoples money, he turns ups at events, grinning throwing women over his shoulder then collects the cheque which is then cashed in the nearest tax free haven.

  • Richard Branson pedophile child rapist and Grunge is protecting the fucker with lies/fake news. All of your days are numbered.
    Sunlight/Trump is the best disinfectant. This is why all you vile creatures hate Trump. Exposure! Lol and dont try and convince us Trumps a child rapist. We already know your bullshit game. 🤣

  • Isnt it odd how you can search Richard Branson Jeffrey Epstein and Epstein/Trump shit pops up all day long lol! Does the same if you search Bill Clinton Jeffrey Epstein.
    You guys do recognize a mass set up when you see one dint ya?

  • Scum bag piece of shit new world order satanic mother fucker is what Bronson is,in this satanic world and a Royal friend I'm sure he visited Epstein island,and maybe his island should be check for bodies,to be in that position he must bow to the crown,and the crown is not what you think they are.Fuck him

  • Oh. Another globalist with a bruised left eye. Shocking.
    We know
    Earth is flat
    TrueMan Show
    We know who you are.
    Revelations
    You lose
    17

  • What the fuck is wrong with his left eye???? How come so many people that are either in power or super super rich always have a black left eye what kind of ritual is that??? The answer is he's a f**** luciferian piece of s*** luciferian

  • He is a nasty drunk. I worked for virgin Atlantic airlines, and one night I was working in the first-class lounge and he came in completely drunk and said he was sick, most likely on coke, and ordered soup, so when I went to the kitchen the chef said to give it to Branson, he said just take the bowl no tray, so I brought it to Branson, he stood up and started to scream at me , why the F you do not give me a tray with my soup, you piece of shit and went ballistic on me, his wife (she is normal and nice) she told him to shut up and sit down and pulled me aside and said I am so sorry we were at a party and he is drunk and sick on top of that. He was lucky I did not sue him at the time for what he did to me, he is a violent angry abusive man, you don't this rich by being nice I guess. I cannot stand this animal needless to say I quit afterward. All his money and he looked no different than a homeless bum that night.

  • Richard Branson is a genius Richard Branson worked his way up from nothing Richard Branson… No, sorry. Richard Branson‘s father was a multi millionaire. Richard Branson was born into wealth. Did Richard Branson try one business after another and fail at so many of them? Maybe you better look that up before you use him as your role model.

  • Gosh..thought that black eye was from too much adrenochrome😂😂😂😂😂😂😂so another tax dodger..know alot of crew who got virgin phones hae bad issues with getting reception

  • I would help people that need help. Branson seems like a generous guy and understands drug addiction. I like him, wish we could pull Trump out of the Oval Office and put Branson in charge. Unfortunately he couldn’t, because he wasn’t born in the USA. Good day.

  • FUCK TAXES! THERES NO GOOD TAX! YOU PAY TAXES! YOU GO!! I PAY ENOUGH AS IT IS WITHOUT EVEN TRYING,… FUCK TAXES!! $R$D$

  • "Like ALL BILLIONAIRES, so and so (YOUR favorite BILLIONAIRE'S name here), is a sick, twisted, over-indulged, well connected pervert.

    And if nobody figures this shit out on their own by the time they're about 20, there's no hope for 'em.

    It's easy to see someone HONESTLY becoming a Millionaire… But a MULTI-BILLIONAIRE?
    Too many red flags pop up for me.

  • Since we’re dreaming, I’d rather be Bill Gates or Jeff Bezos. They are way richer than than Branson. In the scheme of billionaire Branson is down at the bottom.

  • Not paying tax is not getting away with anything. Tax funds war so paying it means you contribute to blowing people up. You decide what is LAWFUL!!!

  • Bruised left eye is a Illuminati give. The pope also sported the bruised left eye as well. Very creepy people!

  • He's also part of the left black eye society. He and his Illuminati scum are into more sick things than anyone could imagine. just sick, all be it wealthy man.. What would a man profit if he gained the world but lost his soul.?

  • the reason there are so many start-up companies with the VIrgin brand name was not originally a licensing exercise. There was a Virgin company policy, though I doubt very much that this still exists, that if an employee of a virgin company had an idea for a new business, they could pitch this and if Branson liked the concept he would offer a kind of business loan and assistance for the initiator to develop their plan. Some worked and some failed, but he gave people the chance.
    It's very easy to paint all mega rich the same but I have heard quite a few reliable stories that he is far far from the worst, but don't use this statement to justify approving all Virgin brands because he does also sell most of the successful companies on, and once that happens the services do tend to noticably dip in quality.

  • I don't give a fuk how rich you are don't lie about some near death experience s*** when you ain't never really experienced it you fake ass f*** n** cuz I have and there ain't shitt out there when you die is a f**** black abyss

  • It shows that in today
    World there is a very narrow line to making it big to being on the outside of
    the law, If any. You only have to look at the people who have made it big in
    the UK

    At all levels, A touch of luck as well. No wonder I have not got there yet, always questioning what I am
    doing,. Its like the cliff diver. If you over think about it you would not jump.

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