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Richard Branson

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  • You never know with these things when you're trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental.

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  • Right now I'm just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath.

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  • The music industry is a strange combination of having real and intangible assets: pop bands are brand names in themselves, and at a given stage in their careers their name alone can practically gaurantee hit records.

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  • We've always had a pretty competitive and pretty ferocious battle with British Airways... It's lasted now about 14 years, and we're very pleased to have survived it.

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  • Well, I think that there's a very thin dividing line between success and failure. And I think if you start a business without financial backing, you're likely to go the wrong side of that dividing line.

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  • Well, we know that people in Australia love the idea of both Impulse and Virgin Blue getting up and adding a bit of competition, and it's fun to be able to deliver it.

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  • The jet stream is a very strong force and pushing a balloon into it is like pushing up against a brick wall, but once we got into it, we found that, remarkably, the balloon went whatever speed the wind went.

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  • The balloons only have one life and the only way of finding out whether they work is to attempt to fly around the world.

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  • We, we - as I say, we go in and shake up other industries and I think, you know, we do it differently and I think that industries are not quite the same as a result of Virgin attacking the market.

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  • I cannot remember a moment in my life when I have not felt the love of my family. We were a family that would have killed for each other - and we still are.

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  • My mother was determined to make us independent. When I was four years old, she stopped the car a few miles from our house and made me find my own way home across the fields. I got hopelessly lost.

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  • I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.

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  • We're introducing separate rooms with double beds in all of our planes so people can actually go with their partner and have a proper night's sleep.

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  • Fortunately we're not a public company - we're a private group of companies, and I can do what I want.

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  • A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.

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  • Business opportunities are like buses, there's always another one coming.

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  • I don't think so, in that Virgin is already a global brand. Brands like Amazon have had to spend hundreds of millions of pounds you know, building their brands, whereas Virgin is already well-known around the world.

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  • With the casino and the beds, our passengers will have at least two ways to get lucky on one of our flights.

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  • I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It's done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.

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  • Like getting into a bleeding competition with a blood bank.

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  • And you know, I've had great fun turning quite a lot of different industries on their head and making sure those industries will never be the same again, because Virgin went in and took them on.

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  • We believe that within five years, 96 percent of British consumers will have access to the Internet, whether it be through a personal computer, a set-top box or a mobile phone.

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  • I love the freedom of movement that my phone gives me. That has definitely transformed my life.

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  • And obviously, from our own personal point of view, the principal challenge is a personal challenge.

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  • Nobody's ever called me Sir Richard. Occasionally in America, I hear people saying Sir Richard and think there's some Shakespearean play taking place. But nowhere else anyway.

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  • Lightning is something which, again, we would rather avoid.

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  • I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn't really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.

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  • I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it was one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I - if I'm not interested in something, I don't grasp it.

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