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ExtraVirgin April 2010
Environment Sir Richard Branson turns 60 on the 18th of July, and in those 60 years he's delivered a pearl of wisdom or two. Here are 10 of the best, including a very odd video clip featuring Branson explaining the secret to his success to the Archbishop Desmond Tutu in a jaccuzi.
  1. "Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming."

  2. "A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts."

  3. "I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator."

  4. "My mother was determined to make us independent. When I was four years old, she stopped the car a few miles from our house and made me find my own way home across the fields. I got hopelessly lost."

  5. "Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance."

  6. "What’s the quickest way to become a millionaire? Borrow fivers off everyone you meet."

  7. "I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It’s done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer."

  8. "I’m somebody who is just living…living life, and if I get frustrated by something, then I like to try to put it right."

  9. "Records are made to be broken. It is in man's nature to continue to strive to do just that."

  10. Some 80% of your life is spent working. You want to have fun at home; why shouldn’t you have fun at work?

EXTRA: The secret to success, as told to Archbishop Desmond Tutu: