Richard Branson

There’s a lot of people out there who think that Richard Branson’s photo should be in the dictionary, under the word “entrepreneur”. And that's not surprising at all, considering we're talking about a man that was knighted at Buckingham Palace for services to entrepreneurship. Sir Richard Branson started his business ventures running the Student magazine where he interviewed several celebrities, including Mick Jagger. Using the magazine's popularity, he started selling records under the name Virgin. After successfully starting a record shop in London, using that money he launched Virgin Records, which later became the world's largest independent record label. Listing all of Branson's businesses would probably take forever since the parent company, Virgin Group, controls more than 400 companies. Among the most prominent ones are Virgin Atlantic Airways (launched in 1984), Virgin Mobile (1999) and Virgin Galactic (2004). Since he's everywhere in the media, Richard Branson also talked about books often. He has stated several times non-fiction books had a lot of influence on his life. Among his favorites, he has listed books such as Nelson Mandela's Long Walk to Freedom and Al Gore's An Inconvenient Truth. He is also a prolific author, writing no less than 7 books since 1998. You can see all the books recommended or written by him below.

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Books Written by Richard Branson

Books Recommended by Richard Branson

Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead

by Sheryl Sandberg

Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action

by Simon Sinek

Originals: How Non-Conformists Move the World

by Adam Grant

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind

by Yuval Noah Harari

Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow

by Yuval Noah Harari

Stalingrad: The Fateful Siege, 1942-1943

by Antony BeevorArtemis Cooper

Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China

by Jung Chang

Long Walk to Freedom

by Nelson Mandela

Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future

by Ashlee Vance

In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex

by Nathaniel Philbrick

If I Could Tell You Just One Thing

by Richard Reed

Winners: And How They Succeed

by Alastair Campbell

Black Box Thinking: Why Most People Never Learn from Their Mistakes--But Some Do

by Matthew Syed

Fast Food Nation: The Dark Side of the All-American Meal

by Eric Schlosser

Remote: Office Not Required

by David Heinemeier HanssonJason Fried

Limitless: Leadership That Endures

by Ajaz Ahmed

Travels with Charley in Search of America

by John Steinbeck

Ending The War On Drugs

by Richard Branson

Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption

by Bryan Stevenson

In Defense of Food: An Eater's Manifesto

by Michael Pollan

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