Losing My Virginity by Richard Branson

Losing My Virginity

By Richard Branson

  • Publication Date: 1998-10-06
  • Genre: Business & Personal Finance
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 24 Ratings)

Book Overview

The unusual, frequently outrageous autobiography of one of the great business geniuses of our time, Richard Branson.

In little more than twenty-five years, Richard Branson spawned nearly a hundred successful ventures. From the airline business (Virgin Atlantic Airways), to music (Virgin Records and V2), to cola (Virgin Cola), and others ranging from financial services to bridal wear, Branson has a track record second to none. Many of his companies were started in the face of entrenched competition. The experts said, "Don't do it." But Branson found golden opportunities in markets in which customers have been ripped off or underserved, where confusion reigns, and the competition is complacent.

In this stressed-out, overworked age, Richard Branson gives us a new model: a dynamic, hardworking, successful entrepreneur who lives life to the fullest. Branson has written his own "rules" for success, creating a group of companies with a global presence, but no central headquarters, no management hierarchy, and minimal bureaucracy. Family, friends, fun, and adventure are equally important as business in his life. Losing My Virginity is a portrait of a productive, sane, balanced life, filled with rich and colorful stories, including:

- Crash-landing his hot-air balloon in the Algerian desert, yet remaining determined to have another go at being the first to circle the globe

- Signing the Sex Pistols, Janet Jackson, the Rolling Stones, Boy George, and Phil Collins

- Fighting back when British Airways took on Virgin Atlantic and successfully suing this pillar of the British business establishment

- Swimming two miles to safety during a violent storm off the coast of Mexico

- Staging a rescue flight into Baghdad before the start of the Gulf War

And much more. Losing My Virginity is the ultimate tale of personal and business survival from a man who combines the business prowess of Bill Gates and the promotional instincts of P. T. Barnum.

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Recent Reviews

  • Starts strong, but

    3
    By Longhorn5555
    Then goes into full blown lecture mode, blended with narcissistic hypocrisy ... “global warming is terrible, but stopping my jets from spewing co2 would be pointless because someone else would just do it..., but I’ll switch to low watt light bulbs.” ... insert eye roll here.... But, still an interesting guy who gets off his butt and makes things happen, and seems like a nice guy, so gotta give him credit for that....
  • A MUST read!!

    5
    By Texas_Bulldog
    I'll be the first to admit I didn't know much about Richard Branson or what he stood for. And a lot of biographies leave me yawning. This isn't one of them. Losing my Virginity had me on the edge of my seat with every page. Well written and an exciting read. I highly recommend it. Don't let the number of pages deter you. It's a remarkable book at every turn and I assure you won't be bored.
  • An incredibly inspiring story

    5
    By Cap82301
    I have always thought Richard Branson to be a visionary in today's changing world. After reading his book I find myself in awe of what one person's vision can do do to change the outlook in the world. What a remarkable & inspirational story.
  • losing my virginity

    5
    By condorf&@
    Best book I have read this year. What a great person to spend endless time and resources in helping others and to make the world a better place for many. And he had a helluva lot of fun doing it. I would love to meet him.

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