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Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950 in Blackheath, London, England) is a British businessman. He is the chairman of the Virgin Group, a group of companies including Virgin Atlantic Airways and Virgin Records. Branson started Virgin people, a private company that is trying to get people in space. According to Forbes, Branson was the 245th richest person in the world in 2008.
His mother was activist Eve Branson.