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Sir Richard Branson

Founder, Virgin Group

Sid Lee

Entrepreneur, philanthropist, author,  and all-around thrill seeker, Sir Richard Branson founded Virgin in 1970 at the age of 20. What began as a mail order record retailer has transformed into one of the world’s most diverse and well-known brands, expanding into air and rail travel, hospitality, entertainment, media, clean tech, space tourism and more, and one that truly uses business as a force for good. Today Virgin operates through 400-plus companies in 30 countries, with global revenues of $21 billion.