Read an excerpt from Eve’s latest newsletter, following her tracks across Morocco’s Atlas Mountain foothills to discover ancient Berber weaving techniques. Morocco, October 2016
Richard Branson was born in 1950 and educated at Stowe School. It was here that he set up Student magazine when he was 16.
In 1970 he founded Virgin as a mail order record retailer, and shortly afterwards he opened a record shop in Oxford Street, London. In 1972 he built a recording studio in Oxfordshire where the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, recorded ‘Tubular Bells’.
In 1977 they signed the Sex Pistols and went on to sign many household names from Culture Club to the Rolling Stones, helping to make Virgin Music one of the top six record companies in the world.
With more than 100 companies worldwide, the Virgin Group has now expanded into leisure, travel, tourism, mobile, broadband, TV, radio, music festivals, finance and health and through Virgin Green Fund are investing in renewable energy and resource efficiency.
In February 2007, they announced the Virgin Earth Challenge – a $25 million prize to encourage a viable technology that will result in the net removal of anthropogenic, atmospheric greenhouse gases. In July of the same year he had the honour of joining his good friend Peter Gabriel, Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, and Desmond Tutu to announce the formation of The Elders, a group of leaders to contribute their wisdom, independent leadership and integrity to tackle some of the world’s toughest problems.
Richard Branson is also very proud of the work of Virgin Unite, the Virgin Group’s not-for-profit foundation, which continues to focus on entrepreneurial approaches to social and environmental issues and supports their work in every way he can.