SIR RICHARD BRANSON LEAVES BRITAIN – Think of British business and more importantly British entrepreneurship and it’s likely Sir Richard Branson will be top of the list.
Sir Richard is nothing short, in my humble opinion, as the bastion of entrepreneurship and there are literally millions of people around the world who will flock to listen to what he has to say on starting and running a business.
For Sir Richard business has always been about passion; for if you ever truly want to make it to the top of the tree then you must love what you are doing with an unbridled passion.
Sir Richard is not your usual cut of cloth for he isn’t in the least bit shy about promoting what he believes in; even if that does mean dressing up as a bride and strutting down the catwalk for all to see.
Again, it’s all about passion and an abundance of self-belief and belief in what you are selling.
It has been announced that Sir Richard and his wife Lady Joan Branson have left the UK in order to live out their lives on Neckerr Island, an island Sir Richard has owned for many years, situated in the British Virgin Islands.
Of course when the mainstream press gets hold of such a story they do like to speculate as to the reasons why and in this case their cynic minds turned towards Sir Richard’s vast wealth and whether his reasons involved tax avoidance.
Yes, Necker Island is nestled in the British Virgin Islands of which is a tax free haven for many millionaires and billionaires. However, Sir Richard was quick to point out that he and his wife’s decision to quit the UK had nothing to do with tax avoidance but rather to spend their remaining years living life to the full in a place they both so dearly love.
We often look at Sir Richard and think that he is still a very young and dynamic man, dynamic he certainly remains but like all of us those years tick by so quickly and at 63 years of age he feels that he deserves a well earned rest – and what better place than Necker Island.
“I have not left Britain for tax reasons, but for my love of the beautiful British Virgin Islands and in particular Necker Island… We feel it gives me and my wife Joan the best chance to live another productive few decades. We can also look after our health.” Sir Richard Branson
It is estimated that Sir Richard is worth in the region of £3.5billion and certainly you can’t accumulate this amount of wealth by sitting around doing nothing.
When you look carefully at the Virgin Empire that Sir Richard has created it is easy to see the vast benefits to Britain; not just in terms of employing tens of thousands of people but also in the huge tax bills the Virgin Group has paid over the years and will continue to do so in the future.
Sir Richard, throughout his business success, has been an ardent supporter of paying taxes; in fact he is one of the few very wealthy people who feel those with vast wealth should pay more.
Sir Richard has, and will continue to, travel the world giving speeches in order to try and help the next generation of entrepreneurs. Proceeds from such activities earned will as usual go directly into a number charities; amounting to millions a year in which other people benefit.
There are no politicians in this world that I would have any desire to interview and of the business community I personally couldn’t think of many whereby I would actually enjoy such a task.
However, if I was ever given the opportunity to interview Sir Richard I could honestly say that it would be a thrill, a delight and a complete honour for there is no other, in my book at least, worthy of carry the honoured title of ‘Sir’ bestowed upon him by Her Majesty the Queen as Sir Richard Branson for all that he has achieved and in which he continues to give so much.
I for one wish Sir Richard many long years of happiness and I certainly couldn’t think of a better place than Necker Island in which to live out one’s retirement.