Branson: "I Love to Try Everything"

Virgin Group's founder and chairman reflects on his passion for extreme experiences -- and his zeal to be first to fly in Virgin's spaceship

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Sir Richard Branson is the thrill-seeking chairman of the $8 billion Virgin Group, a vast business empire comprising 200 companies in some 30 countries. The flamboyant entrepreneur first went into business for himself at age 15, publishing Student magazine. Virgin Group, which now includes such businesses as air and rail travel, mobile phones, finance, insurance, beverages, hotels, Internet, and modeling ventures, got its start as a mail-order record company on Oxford Street in London.

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