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Finding my virginity : the new autobiography

New York : Portfolio/Penguin, [2017]
Physical Description:
viii, 471 pages, 48 unnumbered pages of plates : color illustrations ; 24 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Prologue -- 1999 -- What you see is what you get -- Building a business from the back of a beer mat -- Let's get physical -- How to start a train company -- Answering Madiba's call -- "What do you call a Virgin employee with a tie? The defendant" -- The world turned upside down -- The elders -- "They're building a spaceship!" -- An Englishman in America -- The rebel billionaire -- Crossing the Channel -- Steve -- Four-play -- Holly and Sam -- The elders assemble -- Climate change -- Back on track -- Becoming a banker -- Planes and mergers -- Plain sailing -- "Somebody mentioned the word 'hurricane'" -- A lost night in Melbourne -- Shoes -- Revealing character -- Dad -- Like a rolling stone -- Necker -- Weddings -- Start-ups -- Calculated risks -- The accident -- Moving on -- Floating -- Audacious ideas -- Satellites -- Good morning, Vietnam, Good-bye, Madiba -- Brexit -- Traingate -- "We're free!" -- Grand-dude -- Epilogue.
Global business icon Richard Branson has written many books, but none have been more popular than his first memoir, 1998's Losing My Virginity. Now he's finally publishing his second volume of memoirs, covering all of his fascinating ups and downs of the past two decades.

Fifty years after starting his first business, Branson shares the candid details of a lifetime of triumphs and failures and what he really thinks about his unique life and career. As he led Virgin into the new millennium, Branson expanded the brand into new categories, all while preserving its iconoclastic, scrappy spirit. Now he takes readers behind the scenes of the incredible brains, heart, and sacrifices that have gone into making private spaceflight an imminent reality.
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921 Branson, Richard 2017

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Twenty years after his iconic memoir Losing My Virginity , the world's ultimate entrepreneur is back with the rest of the story.

Richard Branson's Losing My Virginity shared the outrageous tale of how he built Virgin from a student magazine into one of the greatest brands in history. No challenge was too daunting, no opportunity too outlandish to pursue. And each new adventure started with five simple words: "Screw it, let's do it."

Now, fifty years after starting his first business, Branson shares the candid details of a lifetime of triumphs and failures and what he really thinks about his unique life and career. Finding My Virginity is an intimate look at his never-ending quest to push boundaries, break rules, and seek new frontiers--even after launching a dozen billion-dollar businesses and hundreds of other companies.

As he led Virgin into the new millennium, Branson fearlessly expanded the brand into new categories such as mobile, media, fitness, and banking and into every corner of the globe--all while preserving its iconoclastic, scrappy spirit. He even brought Virgin into space with Virgin Galactic, the world's first commercial spaceline. Finding My Virginity takes us behind the scenes of the incredible brains, heart, and sacrifices that have gone into making private spaceflight an imminent reality--even after the biggest crisis Branson has ever faced.

But this book is much more than a series of business adventures. It's also the story of Branson's evolution from hotshot entrepreneur to passionate philanthropist and public servant, via Virgin Unite's environmental and health initiatives and through the Elders, a council of influential global leaders. And it's the story of his personal quest to become a better son, husband, father, and "grand-dude" to his four grandchildren.

Featuring a supporting cast that includes everyone from Bill Gates to Kate Moss, Nelson Mandela to Barack Obama, this is the gripping account of a man who will never stop reaching for the stars, in more ways than one. Find out how Branson did it for the first time--all over again.

Author Notes

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is an English business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies.

Sir Richard is the author of a number of books, Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way. (Virgin Books 1998), Screw It, Let's Do It. (Virgin Books 2006), Business Stripped Bare. (Virgin Books 2008), Reach for the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen and Blasting Into Space. (2010), Screw Business as Usual. Portfolio/Penguin (2011), Like a Virgin: Secrets They Won't Teach You at Business School (2013), The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead (2014), all published by Virgin Books.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Since his prior self-exposé, Losing My Virginity (1998), Branson (The Virgin Way: Everything I Know about Leadership, 2014) has rocketed to ever-greater fame. This recollection of his past 20 years only loosely adheres to chronology as Branson flits among a welter of topics: the creation of companies under his Virgin brand, activities at his British Virgin Islands home, forays into philanthropy, publicity stunts gone haywire, fondness for family, and a determination to fly to space to cap the extreme adventures for which he is almost as well-known as for his capitalistic success. His boisterous recounting of business start-ups and personal incidents, from bodily injuries sustained to global celebrities met, is dizzying as Branson descants upon his dislike for detail, constant search for ideas or issues he regards as consequential, and drive to squeeze maximal fun and love out of every moment of his life. But Branson is also more reflective than before, dispensing wisdom about company leadership and happy marriages, which his evidently is. To get a clear sense, however, of the author's daredevil, disruptively gleeful personality, start with what ends his memoir: 75 accidents from which Branson emerged alive. If he lives to his nineties, he vows a third autobiography. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Publicity is second nature to the famed Branson, so interest will rise exponentially with publicity and media appearances.--Taylor, Gilbert Copyright 2017 Booklist