Last Modified On: 4th December, 2018
Get ready to explore undiscovered depths of the world’s largest sinkhole!
Dubbed the “Blue Hole,” the sinkhole is a cavern located in Lighthouse Reef off the coast of Belize. The 318m-wide and 124-meter deep sinkhole is huge enough to swallow two Boeing 747s with some room to spare.
Famed marine explorer and filmmaker Jacques Cousteau named it “The Great Blue Hole” in 1971. The sinkhole is now a magnet for scuba divers and has been a part of the Belize Barrier Reef Reserve System, listed by UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization).
Nearly half a century later, an English business magnate, Richard Branson, and Cousteau’s grandson, Fabien Cousteau plunged to the deep, dark bottom of the Blue Hole in a Stingray 500 submarine piloted by explorer Erika Bergman. The crew descended to the bottom of the giant hole as part of an expedition to map out the cavern and collect data. The underwater expedition was streamed live on the Discovery Channel on December 2, 2018. The team will map the entire Sinkhole using sonar technology for another two weeks.
Now, let’s take an insight into Richard Branson biography, including his age, wife, children, net worth, island, books, and education.
||Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson
||18 July 1950
|| Blackheath, London, United Kingdom
||5 feet 9 inches
||Entrepreneur, investor, author, and philanthropist
||Eve Branson and Edward James Branson
Short Biography | Family and Education Detail
Born in 1950, in Blackheath, London, Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English business magnate, author, investor, and philanthropist. He is also the founder of the Virgin Group that controls over 400 companies. He is also famous for setting records in hot-air ballooning and powerboat racing.
Branson, who celebrates his birthday on 18 July, is the first child of his parents – Eve Branson and Edward James Branson. His father, Edward was a barrister while his mother, Eve was a ballet dancer and air hostess. He has two younger sisters. His grandfather, Sir George Arthur Harwin Branson was a Privy Councillor and a judge of the High Court of Justice.
Branson has 3.9% South Asian (Indian) DNA, most-likely through intermarriage of his great-grandfather. John Edward Branson, his third great-grandfather, had left England for India in 1793. John’s father, Harry Wilkins Branson, had later joined him in Madras.
Branson joined Scaitcliffe School and later Stowe school until the age of sixteen. He had poor academic performance as he has dyslexia. Failing at his studies, he dropped out from the high school at 16.
Books, Island, and Net worth
Branson is also an author who has published many books or autobiography to the date. His most-famous and first-ever autobiography “Losing My Virginity: How I’ve Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way” was published in 1998. His other books include Screw It, Let’s Do It, Business Stripped Bare, Reach for the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen and Blasting Into Space, Screw Business as Usual, and Finding My Virginity to name a few. In 2014, his another book “The Virgin Way: Everything I Know About Leadership” was published where he iterated his business philosophy.
Branson owns a 74-acre island named, Necker Island, situated in the British Virgin Islands. The island was left uninhabitable after Hurricane Irma hit in 2017. However, the island has reopened to guests in October 2018. Branson had bought the island in 1978 for a modest $320,000 to impress his new love, Joan Templeman, back then. It will cost at least $77,500 per night to rent out the island, according to a Necker Island press release.
According to The Sunday Times, Branson is the fourth richest person in the UK, with an estimated net worth of £3,065 billion. However, the Celebrity Networth has reported Branson’s net worth at 5.1 billion dollars.
Wife and Children (Untold Truth)
Branson has been married twice. He married his first wife, Kristen Tomassi, an American architecture student, in 1972. However, their marriage ended with a divorce after seven years in 1979.
Ten years after the divorce, Branson married his second wife, Joan Templeman in 1989 on his Necker Island home. Before getting married, Branson and Joan had already welcomed two children: a daughter Holly (born in 1981) and a son Sam (born in 1985).
Branson had met his future wife, Joan in 1976. In 1979, the duo had a daughter named Clare Sarah. Unfortunately, she died after four days. Branson says:
My wife is “my rock, my confidant and my guiding light.”
In Branson’s autobiography Losing My Virginity, he revealed that he and his first wife, Kristen had a sexual allergy to each other. They even tried an open marriage and switched partners with musician Kevin Ayers. Though Branson could not do well with Ayers’s wife, Cyrille, his wife Kristen moved in with Kevin and had a child together.
As for now, Branson is happily married to his second wife, Joan, and is a proud father of his two kids.