Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson is the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Virgin Group Ltd, a company he founded in 1970.  The Virgin Group is a multi-branded conglomerate, consisting of more than 400 companies. The key business areas include lifestyle, travel and entertainment. Branson is a household name in the UK and renowned globally for his entrepreneurship. Born in Blackheath, London in 1950 he left school at 16. His father was a barrister and his grandfather a judge at the High Court but Branson's dyslexia held him back academically. It is Branson's business acumen and ability to connect with people that has helped him to become one of the richest men in the UK to date.

Market Report: First Group boosted by easier road ahead

Shares in the bus and train operator First Group were driven to the top of the mid-tier index after City scribblers proclaimed that it now has a smooth road ahead of it. First Group's plans to sell buses and spend less on train investment, alongside the Government's clarity on the franchise market for trains, led transport analysts at Bank of America Merrill Lynch to rate the shares a buy.

Source: | Date: 3rd April 2013 Read more