Timeline of Richard Branson's business ventures

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








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<span class="mw-page-title-main">Virgin Records</span> British record label

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<span class="mw-page-title-main">British Satellite Broadcasting</span> Former British satellite television company (1986–1990)

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Stagecoach Group is a transport group based in Perth, Scotland. It operates buses, express coaches and a tram service in the United Kingdom.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Virgin Media</span> British cable and telecommunications company

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Head Entertainment was an entertainment retail chain in the United Kingdom. The company was formed on 18 February 2009 when Simon Douglas, former managing director of Zavvi and business partner Les Whitfield, purchased five stores from Zavvi Entertainment Group which was placed in administration on 24 December 2008. All stores closed in early 2010 after less than a year of trading.

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Virgin Megastores was a retail chain that operated in the United Kingdom from 1971 to 2007. The company was established by Richard Branson, originally as a small record shop, and became a national chain. In 2007, the company was sold to management, and was rebranded as Zavvi. Zavvi entered administration in 2008 and subsequently closed.

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A timeline of notable events relating to Absolute Radio and its spin-off stations, and its predecessor Virgin 1215/Virgin Radio.


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  7. Branson's Virgin Group wins CrossCountry Trains for 15 years Rail issue 294 18 December 1996 page 6
  8. Virgin to tackle IC West Coast Rail Privatisation News issue 48 20 February 1997 page 1
  9. "Chris Evans takes over at Virgin Radio". BBC News. London. 9 December 1997. Retrieved 24 Sep 2014.
  10. Stagecoach to Acquire 49% Stake in Virgin Rail Today's Railways UK issue 32 August 1998 page 8
  11. Hughes snaps up Broncos Evening Standard 17 September 2001
  12. Branson sells 49% of Virgin Atlantic BBC News 20 December 1999
  13. Virgin Blue To Fly The Aussie Skies Virgin Blue 5 February 2000
  14. Branson sells Virgin music stores BBC News 17 September 2007
  15. Shock as Virgin loses Cross Country to Arriva The Railway Magazine issue 1277 September 2007 page 11
  16. "UKFI confirms completion of Northern Rock sale to Virgin Money" (PDF). UKFI. 1 January 2012. Retrieved 1 January 2012.
  17. Amos, Jonathan (2012-07-11). "Richard Branson's Virgin Galactic to launch small satellites". BBC News. Retrieved 2012-07-13.
  18. Stagecoach/Virgin bid wins East Coast franchise The Railway Magazine issue 1366 January 2015 page 6
  19. "Hyperloop One Is Now 'Virgin Hyperloop One' Thanks to Richard Branson's Investment". Fortune . 2017-10-12.
  20. "New Chairman, New Funding, & New Speed Records". Hyperloop One. Retrieved 2019-11-06.
  21. Government terminates Virgin Trains East Coast franchise Railway Gazette International 17 May 2018
  22. FirstGroup replaces Virgin to run West Coast route BBC News 14 August 2019