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Finding My Virginity

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Finding My Virginity

The New Autobiography


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Richard Branson, entrepreneurship exemplar, uses reinvention to spark professional achievements.

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Virginity is a state of mind and a strategy for entrepreneur Richard Branson. In this candid autobiography, Branson, who has launched record labels, spaceships and a mobile phone company, among many other endeavors, offers behind-the-scenes insights into his successes and failures. He also shares stories of his interactions with a host of famous names, including the time he received a spiteful note from Donald Trump, then-host of The Apprentice. This volume, in Branson’s sequence of autobiographical writings, provides an engaging account of Branson’s professional and personal journey from 1998 to 2017. 


Richard Branson stakes a permanent claim to virginity.

Multi-industry entrepreneur Richard Branson lives like a virgin – that is, with a beginner’s wide open mind-set – in his passionate search for new adventures and achievements. Branson published his first autobiography, Losing My Virginity, in 1998. The book’s best-selling reception stunned Branson. While many onlookers believed he’d seen it all and done it all by 1999, he continued to seek new business opportunities for his Virgin brand. Failure was always an option, but he left no room in his life for stagnation. 

In the final hours of 1998, Branson spent the holiday season in his family’s Caribbean home.He felt fortunate to be still breathing. Only weeks earlier, he’d faced possible death while trying to set a world record for global balloon travel. With a friend, Branson launched his balloon adventure from Marrakech, swerved over Libya and hovered over China during a diplomatic tussle about traveling through its airspace. Ultimately, dangerous high winds over the Pacific compelled him to land near Hawaii. ...

About the Author

British mogul, billionaire and founder of the Virgin Group, a global conglomerate of hundreds of companies, Richard Branson is an activist and philanthropist. His other books include Like a VirginLosing My Virginity and The Virgin Way.

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