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The follow-up to the 2 million-copy-selling autobiography Losing My Virginity, documenting the incredible truth of the last twenty years in Sir Richard Branson's life.

50 years ago, Sir Richard Branson started his first business. In his new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, the Virgin Founder shares his personal, intimate thoughts on five decades as the world’s ultimate entrepreneur.

In Finding My Virginity, Sir Richard Branson shares the secrets that have seen his family business grow from a student magazine into a global brand, his dreams of private citizens flying to space develop from a childhood fantasy to the brink of reality, and his focus shift from battling bigger rivals to changing business for good.

Following on from where bestselling Losing My Virginity left off at the dawn of the new millennium, Finding My Virginity takes the reader on a rollercoaster ride with the enigmatic entrepreneur. Learn how Branson created 12 different billion dollar businesses and hundreds more companies across dozens of sectors, going from a houseboat to his own private island. But this book goes far beyond the numbers - it is a journey into the heart and mind of Britain’s best-loved businessman.

Join Sir Richard as he juggles working life with raising his children Holly and Sam, building a marriage with his wife Joan and creating a unique company culture. Discover how he created a new life on Necker Island, while continuing to grow the Virgin brand into all corners of the world. Get the real story behind adventures and run-ins with everyone from Bill Gates and Kate Moss to Nelson Mandela and Barack Obama.

Go behind the scenes as Sir Richard Branson creates the world’s first commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic, and handles the biggest crisis he has ever faced. Get under the skin of world record attempts on land, sea and air, and see how the original business hippy adapted to becoming a doting ‘grand-dude’ to his four grandchildren, Eva-Deia, Etta, Artie and Bluey. This is the true account of how the Virgin Founder reinvented himself and his brand for the 21st Century, while continuing to push boundaries, break rules and reach for the stars in more ways than one. This is the story of the man behind the beard, the business, the bravado and the brand. Find out how the ultimate entrepreneur did it for the first time - all over again.

Reviews

A welcome update from an irrepressible iconoclast

Kirkus Review

A fantastic book ... offers valuable guidance and inspiration to anyone looking to become a leader, chase a dream or try something new ... and reminds us to embrace original thinking and innovation.

Sheryl Sandberg

A terrific read

Bill Gates

Shares the candid details of a lifetime of triumphs and failures, and provides an intimate look at [Branson's] never-ending quest to push boundaries, break rules, and seek new frontiers.

Tim Ferriss

This is a fascinating book ... a real page turner

Chris Evans, BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show

Where others would struggle to fill five pages, Richard's incredible wealth of experience from living boldly every minute of every day speaks volumes ... his book will inspire you to push the envelope, break the mould and be the best version of yourself. I highly recommend it.

Tony Fernandes, CEO of AirAsia

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Formats & editions

  • Trade Paperback

    9780753556122

    October 16, 2017

    Virgin Books

    528 pages

    RRP $35.00

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
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    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
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    Or

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  • Hardback

    9780753556115

    October 15, 2017

    Virgin Books

    528 pages

    RRP $59.99

    Online retailers

    • Abbey's Bookshop
    • Angus & Robertson Bookworld
    • Booktopia
    • Boomerang Books
    • Collins Booksellers
    • Dymocks
    • Books Kinokuniya
    • The Nile
    • QBD
    • Readings
    • Robinsons Bookshop
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

  • EBook

    9780753551080

    October 5, 2017

    Virgin Digital

    528 pages

    Online retailers

    • iBooks
    • Amazon Kindle
    • Booktopia
    • eBooks
    • Google Play
    • Kobo
    Or

    Find your local bookstore at booksellers.org.au

Extract

Necker Island, New Year’s Eve, 1998. I was in my bedroom, trying to make an urgent to-do list. As I stared at the blank piece of paper in front of me, across a sandy path a song Prince released in 1982 was booming around the Great House on repeat. It was a song that let everyone know 1998 was nearly over and the ball was about to drop on the last year of the millennium: 1999.

The New Year’s festivities were in full swing. My daughter Holly was leading the celebrations with our family and friends. I could hear the clink of glasses as my wife Joan toasted with friends while our fourteen-year-old son Sam ran around getting under her feet. They were the familiar sounds of family life and ones that I was grateful to hear after my adventures of the previous weeks.

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Screw Business as Usual
Losing My Virginity
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Business Stripped Bare
Arctic Diary
Let's Not Screw It, Let's Just Do It
Screw It, Let's Do It

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