#272: Sir Richard Branson — The Billionaire Maverick of the Virgin Empire
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Sir Richard Branson (@richardbranson), founder and chairman of The Virgin Group, is a world-famous entrepreneur, adventurer, activist, and business icon. He has launched a dozen billion-dollar businesses and hundreds of other companies. His new autobiography, Finding My Virginity, shares the candid details of a lifetime of triumphs and failures and provides an intimate look at his never-ending quest to push boundaries, break rules, and seek new frontiers. I loved our conversation, and we covered a lot, including:Richard’s thoughts on “clean meat,” block chain, and cryptocurrencyHow he’s coped with dyslexia, and how his parents helped make him resilientBehind-the-scenes stories of deal-making, PR stunts, big wins, and big lossesThe habits (and life decisions) he’s used to maintain high energy levels for decadesHow Richard masterfully caps/limits downside risk, even though he’s perceived as a risk takerHow and why he takes regular 1-2-month (sometimes longer) breaks from alcoholFavorite booksLessons learned…