Basic Timeline

Started out selling Christmas trees 1968 Branson launched Student Magazine 1970 Branson launched Virgin Mail Order Records 1971 Branson launched first Virgin Records Shop @ 24 Oxford St 1971 Branson convicted & jailed for tax evasion 1972 Branson launched Virgin Records 1972 Branson opened first residential recording studio the Manor at Shipton-on-Cherwell 1977 Virgin signs the Sex Pistols 1979 Branson launched Virgin Publishing/Books 1978 Branson buys Necker Island 1979 Branson launched Heaven nightclub 1979 Branson launched Virgin Films 1980 Branson produced The Space Movie for NASA 1981 Branson launched Virgin Books 1981 Branson launched Virgin Video 1984 Branson launched Virgin Atlantic 1987 Branson launched the Virgin Airship and Balloon Company (Virgin Balloon Flights) 1985 Branson launched Virgin Holidays 1991 Virgin signs Janet Jackson for ‘Janet’ album 1992 1st Virgin Megastore opens in the US (Sunset Strip, LA) 1993 Branson launched Virgin Radio 1994 Virgin acquires Our Price record stores 1994 Branson launched Virgin Vacation in the US 1994 Branson launched Virgin Cola 1995 Branson launched Virgin Direct Personal Financial Services (now Virgin Money) 1995 Branson launched Virgin Express 1995 Branson opens Virgin Cinemas in the UK 1996 Branson launches V2 Music (V2 Records & V2 Music Publishing) 1996 Branson launched Virgin Brides 1997 Virgin Trains awarded InterCity West Coast line 1997 Branson launched Virgin Direct (became Virgin Money) 1998 Virgin Atlantic starts flying to the Caribbean 1998 Branson launches Virgin Clothing 1998 Branson launched Global Missing Children’s Network (via ICMEC) 1999 Branson launched Virgin Mobile 1999 Branson launched Virgin Active health & lifestyle centres 1999 Branson launched & sponsored International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children 2000 Branson launched Virgin Wines 2000 Branson launched Virgin Money 2000 Branson launched Virgin Travelstore 2000 Branson knighted by Prince Charles 2000 Branson launched Virgin Cars 2001 Virgin Active launches in South Africa taking over Health & Racquet Club at Mandela’s request 2002 Virgin Money introduces Virgin cc in the UK 2003 Virgin Atlantic introduces Upper Class Suites 2004 Branson launched Virgin Galactic 2004 Branson launched Virgin Digital 2004 Virgin Blue group’s Pacific Blue inaugural flight 2005 Branson launched Branson School of Entrepreneurship 2006 Branson launched Virgin Media 2007 1st Australian V Festival held in Sydney & Gold Coast 2007 Nelson Mandela founded https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Elders_(organization)”>The Elders with Branson 2007 Branson was ordained as a minister by the Universal Life Church Monastery 2008 Branson launched Virgin Charter 2008 Branson launched Virgin Healthcare 2009 Branson established Virgin Racing 2009 Branson founded the Carbon War Room 2009 Branson co-founded Enterprise Zimbabwe 2010 Branson launched Virgin Produced 2010 Branson launched Virgin Care 2010 Branson launched Virgin Money Giving 2010 Branson launched Virgin Hotels 2011 Branson given a school in South Africa by Christian Slater 2014 Branson invested in 3D Robotics (drone company) 2014 Branson launched Virgin Voyages 2014 Branson launched Foodpreneur 2015 Virgin StartUp’s Foodpreneur Festival 2015 Branson bought Moskito Island 2017 Virgin Group invested in Hyperloop One 2018 Branson bought Hard Rock Casino in LV 2018 Branson investing in Ten Island Challenge (via Carbon War Room) with Clinton Foundation & Rocky Mountain Institute 2019 Branson launches Virgin Galactic spacewear clothing line

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