This Day On The Street
Continue to site
ADVERTISEMENT
This account is pending registration confirmation. Please click on the link within the confirmation email previously sent you to complete registration.
Need a new registration confirmation email? Click here

5 Forever or Forgotten: The Legacy of Today's VIPs - Part 2

Richard Branson: FOREVER

History simply can't forget Richard Branson, we all take too much pleasure from the unending stream of Virgin jokes and puns. To wit, Branson's Virgin Group nurtures more Virgins than the average convent. Har har.

Corny, but true; from Virgin Active (health clubs) and Virgin American (airline) and down through the alphabet to Virgin Vacations (travel agency) and Virgin Ware (apparel), the Virgin Group Web site lists over 400 Virgin companies on six continents . . . and beyond, Virgin Galactic is developing sub-orbital, $200,000 space holidays. It's motto, brace yourself: "Space is Virgin Territory."

Of course, we all know that Branson's privately held empire is something of a shell game; a phalanx of accountants couldn't untangle his actual ownership from the spaghetti bowl mix of Virgin subsidiaries. Estimates of Sir Richard's relatively modest fortune, less than $5 billion, suggests that he's better at licensing the Virgin name than building bona fide companies.

But do trivialities such as ownership stakes really matter when you're Richard Branson? Of course not, Beardy Branson is a national hero; the history-conscious UK's answer to, who else, Steve Jobs. His huckster-like business antics, his swashbuckling exploits in sea sloops and hot air balloons, his genuine humanitarian initiatives and, natch, his hair, will titillate Branson's admirers and detractors for generations to come.

5 of 6

Check Out Our Best Services for Investors

Action Alerts PLUS

Portfolio Manager Jim Cramer and Director of Research Jack Mohr reveal their investment tactics while giving advanced notice before every trade.

Product Features:
  • $2.5+ million portfolio
  • Large-cap and dividend focus
  • Intraday trade alerts from Cramer
Quant Ratings

Access the tool that DOMINATES the Russell 2000 and the S&P 500.

Product Features:
  • Buy, hold, or sell recommendations for over 4,300 stocks
  • Unlimited research reports on your favorite stocks
  • A custom stock screener
Stocks Under $10

David Peltier uncovers low dollar stocks with serious upside potential that are flying under Wall Street's radar.

Product Features:
  • Model portfolio
  • Stocks trading below $10
  • Intraday trade alerts
14-Days Free
Only $9.95
14-Days Free
Dividend Stock Advisor

David Peltier identifies the best of breed dividend stocks that will pay a reliable AND significant income stream.

Product Features:
  • Diversified model portfolio of dividend stocks
  • Updates with exact steps to take - BUY, HOLD, SELL
Trifecta Stocks

Every recommendation goes through 3 layers of intense scrutiny—quantitative, fundamental and technical analysis—to maximize profit potential and minimize risk.

Product Features:
  • Model Portfolio
  • Intra Day Trade alerts
  • Access to Quant Ratings
Options Profits

Our options trading pros provide over 100 monthly option trading ideas and strategies to help you become a well-seasoned trader.

Product Features:
  • Actionable options commentary and news
  • Real-time trading community
SYM TRADE IT LAST %CHG
AAPL $132.54 0.00%
FB $80.54 0.00%
GOOG $540.11 0.00%
TSLA $247.73 0.00%
YHOO $43.48 0.00%

Markets

DOW 18,232.02 -53.72 -0.29%
S&P 500 2,126.06 -4.76 -0.22%
NASDAQ 5,089.3620 -1.4320 -0.03%

Partners Compare Online Brokers

Free Reports

Top Rated Stocks Top Rated Funds Top Rated ETFs