What would you do with a billion dollars? This question gets a definitive answer from billionaire Richard Branson: do everything! Born into a wealthy family in London, Branson suffered from dyslexia and was a poor student. Still, his knack for business started early with a successful parakeet-breeding enterprise at age 11.The charismatic entrepreneur launched his first major business, Virgin Records, at age 22 and spent the next few decades building the Virgin group that now includes more than 400 companies. Known for his eccentric lifestyle and trillion-watt smile, Branson’s hot air balloon flights, innovative leadership, and world record attempts have made him an instantly-recognizable global icon.
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Michael Burgan has written more than two dozen biographies for young readers. His Breaker Boys, about photographer Lewis Hine and his depiction of child labor, was named one of SLJ's 20 Outstanding Nonfiction Books of 2013.
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Who Is Richard Branson?
During the 1950s, the Branson family took a vacation to the beach in Devon, England. On the trip, five-year-old Ricky’s aunt Joyce made a bet with him. She would pay him if he could learn to swim before the end of their vacation.
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