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Billionaire Branson is a college dropout; lived in a houseboat during early years

Virgin Atlantic boss said that it was 'incredibly rewarding' to see a business flourish he built during hardships.

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Last Updated: Jan 29, 2020, 10.35 AM IST
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Richard ​Branson (R) had posted a throwback memory of the time spent on the houseboat.​ (L - Branson's wife Joan​)
Richard Branson (R) had posted a throwback memory of the time spent on the houseboat. (L - Branson's wife Joan)
Richard Branson is a business tycoon with a $4 billion fortune today who lives on an island he has purchased. However, before he made his billions, he was just a college dropout who was trying to make ends meet.

So hard up was he that he couldn’t even afford a house. So he just started living on a houseboat on the London canal.

Recently, Branson posted a throwback memory of the time spent on the houseboat.


“When the kids were growing up, we were living on a houseboat in London. Virgin Records was expanding and I worked with a desk crammed between the bilge pump and the stairs (or any seat I could find). It’s hard to raise a family and build a business, but it’s incredibly rewarding,” he wrote in the caption.

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Flamboyant and successful, British tycoon Richard Branson, has a net worth of US $410 crores. The business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist founded the Virgin Group in the 1970s. The parent company controls more than 400 companies the world over. He features on the Forbes rich-list as well as the Time 100 Most-Influential People in the World list. Breaking into the world of business at a tender age of 16, Branson who turns 69 today is an inspiration to many.Branson is the founder of Virgin Group, the conglomerate that owns Virgin America, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Galactic and Virgin Atlantic, just to name a few.If you are looking to become a sensation in the world of entrepreneurs, here are 5 business lessons from Branson himself that will help you fulfill your dreams.
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