Richard Branson is no stranger to adventure. He’s crossed the Pacific Ocean by balloon (despite losing two-thirds of the vessel’s fuel and its roof catching fire). He’s soldiered through nauseating zero-g gravity tests to prep for space travel. And he’s journeyed into the deep by way of flying submarine.
But perhaps his grandest adventure yet: successfully launching more than 200 companies in more than 30 countries, and skyrocketing to global fame along the way. If anyone understands the exciting risks and opportunities — and sheer bravery — that go hand in hand with building a business from the ground up, it’s Sir Richard Branson.