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Branson Virgin Money With Ross Seen Disrupting U.K. Retail Banks

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On a cold, clear January morning, Sir Richard Branson finds himself standing in the middle of a pedestrian-friendly street in Newcastle -- a hardscrabble city in northeast England -- becoming something he never thought he would be: a banker.

Bankers, after all, were the very embodiment of the Establishment at which Branson has spent his career thumbing his nose, Bloomberg Markets reports in its May issue.