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Losing My Virginity by [Branson, Richard]
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In this autobiography, Virgin Group founder Richard Branson says one of his prime business criteria is "fun." Fun made Branson a billionaire, and few business memoirs are one-billionth as fun as Branson's, nor as niftily written. Not only does it relate his side of near-death corporate experiences, it tells how the chairman literally cheated death by gun, shipwreck, and balloon crash.

Branson's empire--now encompassing interests in an airline, pop music, soda pop, e-commerce, and financial services--began when the dyslexic 16-year-old dropped out of school in 1968 to found the British magazine Student. His headmaster said, "I predict that you will either go to prison or become a millionaire." Briefly imprisoned for dodging customs selling records, Branson got his first million by releasing Tubular Bells, a maverick recording all the stuffy executives rejected. (1998's Tubular Bells III puts the series' sales over 20 million.)

Despite wild tales of Branson's wife-swapping and Keith Richards fleeing naked from Branson's studio at gunpoint with another man's woman, the most shocking parts of the memoir concern British Airways' James Bond-like "dirty tricks" campaign against Virgin Atlantic, resulting in the biggest award for damages in English history.

Though it's filled with famous names, witty quotes, and pulse-pounding accounts of lunatic balloon adventures, it is as a business thriller that the book really scores. His instinctive bet-the-ranch tactics could cost him all, or earn another billion. Either way, Branson will likely remain the most entertaining entrepreneur in Europe. --Tim Appelo

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"'Branson has a list of achievements unmatched by any other UK businessman. For anyone burning with entrepreneurial zeal, his reminiscences are akin to a sacred text', Mail on Sunday 'Grabs you on page one and never lets go... a rollercoaster ride... read what makes this brilliant and hardworking man tick', Spectator 'Candid and humorous', The Times 'An incredible man, and this is an incredible autobiography... a great read - sex, balloons, intrigue and money', Sunday Business 'Branson bares his soul - and everything else - in a non-fiction blockbuster... a must-read', Business Age"

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  • File Size: 12381 KB
  • Print Length: 608 pages
  • Publisher: Virgin Digital (August 4, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 4, 2011
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005F3GMAO
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #170,380 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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