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The Virgin Group: From Mobile Phones to Spaceships

Virgin is a leading branded venture capital organization and one of the world's most recognized and respected brands. Since it was conceived in 1970 by Sir Richard Branson, the Virgin Group has created more than 300 branded companies worldwide, employing approximately 50,000 people in 30 countries, in business sectors ranging from mobile telephony to transportation, financial services, media, music, fitness, Formula 1 racing and even space tourism. We believe in making a difference. Virgin stands for value for money, quality, innovation, fun and a sense of competitive challenge. These core principles combine to create global branded revenues that in 2009 exceeded $21 billion.

About Virgin 

  • Founded by Sir Richard Branson
  • $21 Billion in Revenues
  • 60 Million Customers
  • One of the World's 25 Most Innovative Companies

The Virgin Brand's Power

There's no place for modesty here—Virgin is recognized and respected across the globe and has an estimated 60 million customers worldwide, with a new one added every 6 seconds. We have been voted the most admired brand in the UK, the best company to work for in the UK, the 4th best marketed brand in the world and, according to Bloomberg BusinessWeek, one of the world's 25 most innovative companies. In short, we have an exceedingly powerful brand with which our customers are eager to engage. These customers are loyal and their high value perception of Virgin increases the power and effectiveness of our marketing across the board. Top tier press coverage of the Virgin brand equates to over $1.6 billion per year in media value.

Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson founded Virgin as a mail order record retailer in 1970 and shortly afterwards opened a record shop in London. In 1972 he built a studio where the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, recorded Tubular Bells. He went on to sign the Sex Pistols and many other household names and to make Virgin Records one of the world's top record companies. In 1999 Richard was knighted for "services to entrepreneurship." He believes leadership and entrepreneurialism are essential to tackling some of the world's toughest social and environmental problems. In 2006 Richard pledged 100% of profits of Virgin transportation companies to renewable fuels and resource efficiency businesses and research, and in 2010 he launched the Carbon War Room to mobilize capital, innovation, expertise and entrepreneurs to advance climate change efforts.


Virgin Atlantic
Our 25 years of celebrated international air travel gives customers a one of a kind experience at a price they love. It's our mission to bring this approach to every Virgin venture.
Virgin Mobile
What our competition calls crazy, our business partners call "innovative strategy." It's what enabled us to be the first mobile provider to offer unlimited calling with no contracts. Just another wake-up call for the competition.
Virgin Festivals
Music festivals with first-rate cocktails, delicious food served from stylish lounges, and unexpected appearances give our fans something more to cheer about. We'll bring this "rock star" treatment to hotel guests.
Virgin Active
Our innovative exercise environments, dynamic classes, refreshing pool and spa facilities, day care centers, and cutting-edge equipment invigorate both body and soul. A much needed antidote to the hustle and bustle of city travel.
Virgin America
Mood-lit cabins, Wi-Fi for all, video touch screens with on-demand entertainment, and the best service in the business no matter what class you're in. Our guests say we make flying good again; and now they can have that same Virgin experience at their destination.
Virgin Galactic
We Created a one-of-a-kind market for Earth's first spaceline. Yes, as in outer space — offering consumers a chance to be astronauts in our very own spaceships. We're bringing Virgin's bold vision to hotels.

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