Timeline of Richard Branson's business ventures

Timeline Of Richard Branson's Business Ventures

Timeline of Richard Branson's business ventures

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This is a list of Sir Richard Branson's business ventures from the 1960s to today.


  • 1966 - After failed attempts to grow and sell both Christmas trees and budgerigars, Branson launches his first successful business, a magazine named Student, the first number of which is appeared in January 1968


  • 1970 - Starts selling records by mail-order
  • 1971 - Opens his first record shop on Oxford Street
  • 1972 - Opens a Virgin Recording Studio
  • 1973 - Launches Virgin Records record label
  • 1979 - Buys the gay nightclub Heaven, located under Charing Cross railway station. It is subsequently sold in 2003 to a private speculator.


  • 1980 - Virgin Records goes international
  • 1981 - Virgin buys the Kensington Roof Gardens
  • 1983 - Virgin Vision, later to become Virgin Communications, is formed to distribute films and videos in the television and broadcasting sector.
  • 1983 - Virgin Games is launched.
  • 1984 - Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin cargo are launched.
  • 1984 - Virgin Vision (launched the previous year) launches "Music Box", a 24-hour satellite music station.
  • 1985 - Virgin Group now includes record labels, retail outlets, exported music publishing, broadcasting, satellite television, and film and video distribution.
  • 1985 - Branson starts Virgin Holidays
  • 1987 - Branson takes Virgin Records to the United States
  • 1987 - The Virgin Group, along with Granada, Anglia and Pearson, founds BSB (British Satellite Broadcasting) and receives a UK......
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