Q&A: Richard Branson on Richard Branson

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Q: What have you studied?

A: Most of my learning has been since I left school. It’s been an education of life. I love to read a lot. I’ve been involved in many different things, so have learnt a lot that way.

Q: The last book you read?

A: “The War of the World.” You can see the misery that wars have bestowed. We all have to do as much as we can to make sure they are a thing of the past.

Q: Favorite song?

A: “My Way.” Another connection there.

Q: Has anyone ever mistaken you for somebody else?

A: Quite often. Once, a little girl came up to me and said, “You look just like that Richard Branson bloke.” And I nodded and said thank you. She then said, “You should go sign up for one of those look-alike agencies. You might not make as much money as him, but you would make a fortune!”

Q: If you were given $60 to start a business, how would you do it?

A: If I was still well known, I’d sign the dollars and sell each of them for $20. I would then sign the $20 and sell them for $40, etc.

Q: Is there anything you’d like to change about yourself?

A: It’d have to be my age. To go backwards instead of forwards.

Q: What do you love and hate?

A: I love the closeness of our family. And I hate not being able to spend every day with them.

Q: What makes you cry?

A: I cry at happy and sad things. My children always bring a box of Kleenex to the cinema!

Q: What makes you laugh?

A: I’m lucky. I laugh all the time. I love life, I love people, love a good joke.

Q: What’s contributed most to your success?

A: All the people at Virgin have made it what it is today.

Q: The key to success in three words please?

A: People. People. People.

Q: Who is your best mate?

A: I have two special friends, both named Andy. We’ve had a lot of laughs over the years.

Q: If you had 60 minutes left, how would you spend it?

A: With my family.

Q: Anything you wanted to do by 60?

A: I’d like some grandchildren, as would my wife. Fingers crossed!

Q: Anything you still need?

A: The answer to that has to be no.

Q: What motivates you to carry on?

A: I love learning. I love people. I love making a difference. I don’t think I’ll stop until I drop.

Q: What drives you crazy?

A: Negativity. People who look for the worst in people. People always gossiping about other people.

Q: Are you stressed?

A: No. I try hard to overcome challenges and if I fail, I pick myself up quickly.

Q: What keeps you awake at night?

A: Very little keeps me awake at night.

Q: What is your biggest fear?

A: Like a lot of people, I fear illness in our family or with friends.

Q: Why are you always smiling?

A: I have got a lot to smile about!

Q: Are you ticklish?

A: I’m the most ticklish person I know.

Q: What brings you happiness?

A: Achieving things that one can be proud of. And good feedback from people as a result.

Q: Is there anything you’d change about yourself?

A: It’d have to be my age. To go backwards instead of forwards.

The Branson interview continues on page three.

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