Richard is good-looking and very smart, which is sexy to start with. He also makes a billion dollars before breakfast and still knows how to have fun."
-- Ivana Trump
Few people in contemporary business are as colorful, shrewd, and irreverent, and probably no one s nearly as much fun to be around. . . . Branson embodies America s cherished mythology of the iconoclastic, swashbuckling entrepreneur."
Branson wears his fame and money exceedingly well: no necktie, no chauffeur, no snooty clubs. . . . What continues to set Branson apart is the unique -- and, to some, baffling -- nature of his ambition. . . . He isn t interested in power in the usual sense of influencing other people. . . . Boiled down to its singular essence, Richard Branson just wants to have fun.
Branson, a self-described adventure capitalist, is a business-creation engine who was clearly born in the wrong place. . . . Those business instincts are matched by an ability to motivate people who work for him. And who wouldn t want to -- Branson seems hell-bent on making sure that everybody, but everybody, is having as much fun as he is.
Richard Branson . . . is dressed to the nines: in a $10,000 white silk bridal gown with a traditional veil and train and acres of lace. . . . Branson is expected to do the unexpected, even the bizarre -- anything to publicize his latest venture. . . . The fact is, Branson s widely reported stunts seem almost staid compared to the unconventional way he manages his burgeoning empire.
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