7 times Grammy Award winner - no joke!
Sir Richard Branson, Britain's wild horse, hippie styled, enormously successful entrepreneur dressed up formally for a function.
Dressing up as a bride in one inaugural flight aboard Virgin Airline plane.
Flamboyant Sir Richard Branson was a product of the 60s and that explained why his acts and behavior was sometimes out of this world and unconventional. He was known as The Hippie Entrepreneur for the simple fact that he looked just like one. Branson began his business empire early when he was in his teens and he eventually became a magnate tycoon, owning more than 400 companies. He controversially chose his brand name “Virgin” for his business entity as he deemed his young age and freshly new venture into the business world was the first of its kind. He called his business empire “Virgin Group”; he was famous for his “Virgin Atlantic Airways” and “Virgin Records” etc. One of his autobiographies was notoriously titled “Losing my virginity” (Flushed).
The Virgin conglomerate owner has 400 companies under his wing.
Being a enormously rich man, Richard Branson claimed to be a ‘new-capitalist’ to “do good” for the mass, nature, environment and for the cause of human rights etc. He had propounded that industrialists should apply their resources and technological know-how and facility to confront social woes and environmental problems, and to uphold the values of human rights, discarding the decaying, rotten doctrine of social injustice. Branson projected himself as a philanthropic entrepreneur by setting up some charitable organizations like “The Elders”, “Carbon War Room”, and “CDC for
Branson's Virgin Atlantic Airways was his first major success
Richard Branson had many times attempted to make record breaking feats. In 1985 he failed in his first attempt to cross the
Atlantic by sailing a boat but it capsized and Branson needed to be rescued by RAF helicopter. The next year he got the crossing the Atlantic record broken by two hours, together with sailing expert Daniel McCarthy. In 1987 his hot air balloon “Virgin Atlantic Flyer” successfully crossed the Atlantic. Richard Branson tried a few more daring adventures in hot air balloon and reaped some success but failed in few attempts to fly round the globe in a hot air balloon. Branson outrageously dressed as a bride in one of his Virgin Atlantic Airways inaugural flights, stunning the passengers with his heavy make-up. He repeated that crossed gender dressing act in 2010 when he lost a bet with Tony Fernandez, the owner of Air Asia and Lotus F1 racing; this time he dressed as a stewardess.
According to Forbes 2011 List of Billionaires, Richard Branson is the 4th richest in the United Kingdom, with an estimated net worth of US$4.2 billion.
Now let us have a peek over Phil Collins’s achievement; his winning of 7 Grammy Awards is by no means easy feat. All popular song followers who were born in the 70s to 90s could easily hum or sing along his catchy, melodious yet meaningful compositions like: ‘Groovy kind of love’, ‘Against all odds’, and ‘Another day in paradise’. Phil was one of the members of the progressive rock group “Genesis” since 1975.
Phil Collins was the drummer and principal vocalist with
the band Genesis since 1975. He left the group in 1996.
As Phil was becoming a more profound artiste in songwriting and a powerful vocalist, as well as an impressive musician in playing piano and drums, he inevitably contemplated leaving Genesis to become a solo performer. He left the band in 1996. Phil Collins had a brief reunion with Genesis in 2007 when he joined his band mates for a tour that covered Europe and
North America. In 2008 Phil Collins went along with his solo acts and was busy with many more concerts with phenomenal success. Till date he shared the honors role with Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney to have sold more 100 million albums worldwide as a solo performer and a leading member of a band.
Apart from the many faceted roles he played as a musician, (He also plays the guitar and violin) Phil Collins was also into production, films, theatres, and television. There were words of his impending retirement and yes, he announced his retirement in March 2011; saying he was taking time off from his career. One of the reasons known was his sense of hearing was going bad, and he had a spinal operation a year back. Phil Collins later posted a message in his website that he wanted now to focus on his family life. (It was his third marriage when he retired) Still he produced a masterpiece in 2012, viz. Collins Greatest Hits collection, for which it reached no.6 on the Billboard 200, US Charts.
Some infos were obtained from Wikipedia
Alan CY Kok