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Richard asked Nik Powell to replace Jonathan and control the company's finances. The house was from a church and had been rented on behalf of Richard's parents.

The property was residential and couldn't house a company. Hence, homeowners inspected the house regularly because of complaints from neighbors. When Branson's team received an inspection notice, they hid the phones and moved the furniture. This worked until one day they forgot to turn off the phones which rang during an inspection.

They had to move once again. A few months later, Richard launched a new business: Being novices in the business world, Richard called the company Virgin. The Virgin Mail Order Records business made a lot of money. Selling by mail allowed lower price than the competition and good margins.

Richard's plans for Student's future were postponed to meet a huge number of requests to buy and ship the records to customers. Virgin prospered until the postal strike in January With the strike, sales stopped, and they decided to open a physical store.

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They found a free place above a shoe store and convinced the owner that he would sell lots of shoes if he let them stay there. On opening day, the Virgin record store had a meter queue. Richard believed the record business was profitable and shortly after that found a room mansion for sale to become Virgin's new headquarters. He knew this was illegal, but he felt he wouldn't be caught since he always broke the rules and wasn't discovered.

Customs quickly found out his scheme and planned bust. Richard was arrested, fulfilling Stowe College director's prophecy. The prison made him appreciate freedom. Quickly, his mother paid his bail, and he got out. The fines increased his motivation to earn enough money to pay them, and after paying his dues, he opened a new record store and a record label and began exporting records.

He understood music more than any other friend of Richard's. Simon agreed to become a record buyer and his skills, and good taste ensured Virgin's success. Each month they opened new stores, and by Christmas , they had The following year they noticed a drop in sales and Richard was intrigued.

Gradually he understood that his stores were very casual and that customers paced and listened to music, but didn't buy records. With that in mind, they added lights and redecorated the stores to boost sales.

As the mansion had a recording studio ready, Richard launched Virgin Records, and as early as it would release its first artists and albums. Virgin Records was slowly starting to show its first signs of success.

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Richard flew to New York to find a distribution partner and signed a contract with Atlantic Records. In , Richard again faced problems with Virgin Records, which had only a single star, Mike Oldfield. Virgin was unsuccessful in hiring a second star, and Mike decided to renegotiate his contract in That made them cut artists, staff, and costs, to bet on the "next big hit. In , Virgin tried to hire bands like Dire Straits, but all gave up at the last minute. However, luck helped, and Richard was contacted by the Sex Pistols manager, who offered the band to Virgin.

They signed a contract, and the band's outrageous behavior generated a lot of publicity. Richard decided to take advantage of this, but was sued because of the album "Never Mind the Bollocks, Here's the Sex Pistols.

Meanwhile, Richard began a relationship with a woman named Joan Templeman while she was still married. The two lived a double life, Joan, with her husband and Richard with other girlfriends, but he always declared his love for her. Time passed, and Richard and Joan fled to New York as they recovered from their failed relationships.

They were both married, but not with each other. Richard claimed he wanted to buy an island for his rock stars and rented a helicopter to observe the islands. Richard liked an island called Necker Island and told his real estate agent that his budget was , pounds, which was well below the sale price of 3 million.

On one of his trips to the island, when he tried to return to his home, Richard noticed that many flights had been canceled.

So began the history of Virgin Airways. In , Richard continued to diversify the Virgin group. He launched a book publisher, nightclubs and began to expand its international operations.

To make matters worse, Joan was pregnant from Richard, and the couple's daughter was born premature and died four days later. This brought them closer and their second child came a year later. In his personal life, things were beginning to improve. Virgin's fate gradually improved as well, and in , nine singles were at the top of the charts. Virgin signed Boy George and the Culture Club, which became big hits and generated about 2 million pounds of profit for the company. Now Richard had Virgin's full control, and the company became a leading record company with enough money for him to pursue new challenges.

Richard decided to start operating a transatlantic flight for Virgin Airways. Until approval by the air safety authorities, the aircraft's engines were uninsured, and an engine exploded during take-off. The inaugural flight with journalists was scheduled for two days after the blast. In the end, the maiden flight took off with an eight-hour party, with songs like "Like a Virgin" by Madonna on the soundtrack.

Days later, Richard met with a Virgin banker, who refused to cover Virgin Airways' debt. However, Richard managed other investment funds to cover the deficit and hired a new managing director to attract investors and open Virgin Group's equity in the stock market. Richard was always addicted to racing, and he also liked speed.

Besides, his odd habits ended up generating press interest and free publicity. In , Richard decided to take part in a race in the Atlantic to win the Blue Riband, a prize given to the fastest ship to cross the Atlantic from New York.

However, shortly after, a giant wave broke the ship's hull in half, causing them to abandon the ship and get rescued by a boat. After the first failure, they tried again in May and were able to make the crossing in 3 days, 8 hours and 31 minutes, thus conquering the Blue Riband.

That year, Virgin became the largest British publicly traded company with 4, employees and sales of million. With the IPO, Richard no longer had full control of the company and preferred to reinvest the capital than to pay dividends to the other shareholders. Richard was so bold that in the midst of the EMI acquisition he decided to cross the Atlantic in a balloon. The balloon departed, and on the first night, they faced a storm.

The landing failed, and Richard's mate was able to jump. Richard stood alone in the balloon, which was rising at high speed. His only option was to land in the frozen sea, which he was able to do but had to be rescued by a helicopter.

In , Richard bought more shares of EMI when markets were in crisis. He was taking on too many debts, and that meant he had to close subsidiaries and sell some of his assets. To finance his ambitions, he had to seek resources in the Asian market. Motivated by the discovery of the region, Richard planned to cross the Pacific, leaving from Japan. Until then, no one had flown in a balloon over the Pacific.

However, the attempt was frustrated because the balloon fabric tore, causing the plan to be aborted.

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After these adventures in , he decided to marry Joan. At a triumphal entry, Richard jumped from a helicopter into the pool of his mansion on Necker Island, where his bride Joan and her wedding guests were waiting for him.

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