- Paperback: 624 pages
- Publisher: Currency; Updated edition (June 7, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0307720748
- ISBN-13: 978-0307720740
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1.3 x 8 inches
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- Average Customer Review: 542 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,865 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Losing My Virginity: How I Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way Paperback – June 7, 2011
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“Richard is good-looking and very smart, which is sexy to start with. He also makes a billion dollars before breakfast—and still knows how to have fun."
-- Ivana Trump
“Few people in contemporary business are as colorful, shrewd, and irreverent, and probably no one’s nearly as much fun to be around. . . . Branson embodies America’s cherished mythology of the iconoclastic, swashbuckling entrepreneur."
“Branson wears his fame and money exceedingly well: no necktie, no chauffeur, no snooty clubs. . . . What continues to set Branson apart is the unique -- and, to some, baffling -- nature of his ambition. . . . He isn’t interested in power in the usual sense of influencing other people. . . . Boiled down to its singular essence, Richard Branson just wants to have fun.”
“Branson, a self-described ‘adventure capitalist,’ is a business-creation engine who was clearly born in the wrong place. . . . Those business instincts are matched by an ability to motivate people who work for him. And who wouldn’t want to -- Branson seems hell-bent on making sure that everybody, but everybody, is having as much fun as he is.”
“Richard Branson . . . is dressed to the nines: in a $10,000 white silk bridal gown with a traditional veil and train and acres of lace. . . . Branson is expected to do the unexpected, even the bizarre -- anything to publicize his latest venture. . . . The fact is, Branson’s widely reported stunts seem almost staid compared to the unconventional way he manages his burgeoning empire.”
-- Forbes ASAP
About the Author
Richard Branson, the founder and chairman of the Virgin Group of Companies, was born in 1950 and started his first business, a magazine called Student, when he was sixteen. Virgin began in 1970 as a mail-order record company and has since expanded into over a hundred businesses in areas as diverse as travel, entertainment, retailing, media, financial services, and publishing. He lives in London and Oxfordshire with his wife, Joan, and their children, Holly and Sam.
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Not only did it give great insight into the personal details, metuculously recounted, of each adventure, but was also an impressive insight into the inner workings of the way he sees things and how he sets about planning and taking action on them. This is the kind of autobiography you hope and dream of finding. If you are a fan of the man (legend), or of entrepreneurship, or even of economics, this book, written superbly and with excitement, will be for you. If you are questioning whether or not to read it, I dare you to download a sample and try it. I'll hedge my bets you'll be drawn in as well.
I really like how the book was set up. Each chapter a time frame in Branson's life and what happened within those months/years. I didn't know much about Branson's life or all the many businesses that Virgin operated. I am a bigger Branson fan now.
One thing I didn't like about the book, was the additional chapters. While the content was good, they seemed to just be thrown on at the end. There wasn't any structure to them. Each of the additional chapters took about 1.5 hours to read while other chapters in book ranged from 10 to 30 minutes. Would have been nice to have more structure for these additional chapters.
This is a journey about a man who has taken his power and wealth to give back to the communities. He also teaches his employees how to think outside the box, to lead and survive on their own. Most employers try to keep their staff "trained".
Highly recommended book!
The part where I felt a bit put-off was where he thought he could stop the Kuwait invasion because of a few telephone calls, and the part where he founded The Elders. While he tried to sound well-meaning, I could not help but feel the arrogance come through the words. How can a bunch of 6-8 people arrogate to themselves the right to be the conscience of the world?
This autobiography is overall quite engaging, and demonstrates clearly that Branson (obviously!) has all of the key elements that make for a successful entrepreneur, such as being open to exploring and trying anything, saying "Yes!" and never accepting "No." It was a pleasure to read, and I enjoyed sharing his journey through his eyes.
However, I hesitated on the star rating - I almost gave it 4 stars, but gave it the 5th for the spirit of it all - one should know his story, and I think it worthwhile to hear it from the person who lived it, as you will have a different perspective than a biography written by another. I just - I felt like he held back a bit, even when it seemed like he didn't. I can't quite put my finger on it. However, don't let that stop you from purchasing - it is definitely a worthwhile read, and you will learn from it. Plus, I think it important to read autobiographies overall, one has so much to learn by seeing what others before them have done.