Q&A: Richard Branson on Richard Branson

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Q: Which one of the seven dwarves would you be?

A: I think it would have to be Happy!

Q: If you had to be an animal, what would it be and why?

A: It’d be a tiger. Sadly there aren’t many left in the world, but the more there can be the merrier.

Q: Has there been an event that changed your life?

A: Meeting Nelson Mandela, just an incredible individual. I’m very privileged to know him well now.

Q: Ever thought about running for political office?

A: I don’t think you can mix business and politics so I’d have to give up Virgin and I enjoy it too much. I can campaign a lot of political issues without actually becoming a politician.

Q: What is the most embarrassing thing you’ve ever done?

A: Ruby Wax and I were in Mallorca and a couple asked to take a photo. Ruby and I put our arms round each other, smiled, and the couple said, “No, we want you to take a picture of us.”

Q: What’s your most prized personal, material possession?

A: Necker Island. I managed to find it when I was 26.

Q: Who would you most like to stay with you on Necker Island?

A: The 60,000 people that work for Virgin! Sadly, the island is rather small, but you never know.

Q: If you could be a super hero, who would it be?

A: Bond … James Bond.

Q: Who would play you in a movie of your life?

A: Robert Pattinson from “Twilight.” He’s English … and he’s young!

Q: If you were not you, who would you want to be and why?

A: I’d love to start again, and be my grandson when he’s born.

Q: If you could be reincarnated who would you be?

A: Based on the pictures I’ve seen of Cleopatra, Mark Anthony would be quite nice.

Q: Anybody you’re still in awe of?

A: The Dalai Lama.

Q: What is your favorite sport?

A: Kite surfing. It’s unusual. We’ve got the best conditions for it on Necker.

Q: Did running the London Marathon hurt you as much as it did me?

A: I was lucky. I managed to find the time to train. The last 2 miles were very hard but the crowd carried everybody along. I highly recommend it.

Q: Three words to describe the Virgin brand?

A: A challenger brand.

Q: Anything left for you to achieve?

A: One of the most exciting things we’re involved in is the Elders. Trying to ensure that conflicts are a thing of the past. It’d be wonderful if the Elders could do some fantastic things.

Q: Is there anything you’d have done differently?

A: No. I’ve had an absolute blast.

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