Richard Branson, born 1950, is a British entrepreneur, founder of the Virgin Group, which includes over 400 companies. According to Forbes magazine, in 2020 his assets amounted to approximately 4.3 billion dollars. On July 11, 2021, Branson took part in a test flight of his company Virgin Galactic, thus becoming the first space tourist to fly with his own space company.
In 2004 Virgin Group, through the Virgin Foundation, launched a project dedicated to charity, under the name Virgin Unite. Among the donations there are also those made to the Wikimedia Foundation and those aimed at fighting AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa. In 2009 he joined the project for the creation of the film Soldiers of Peace which involves 14 countries around the world in the creation of global peace.
In 2011 he launched the Virgin Oceanic project. With its Deepflight Challenger it will try to explore five of the deepest ocean trenches, starting with the Mariana Trench. In an interview with CNN he declared himself an atheist. Personal friend of Barack Obama, in February 2017 they were seen together on holiday in a kitesurfing competition.