A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.
Business opportunities are like buses, there’s always another one coming.
I believe in benevolent dictatorship provided I am the dictator.
Fortunately we’re not a public company – we’re a private group of companies, and I can do what I want.
And you know, I’ve had great fun turning quite a lot of different industries on their head and making sure those industries will never be the same again, because Virgin went in and took them on.
I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it was one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I – if I’m not interested in something, I don’t grasp it.
You don’t learn to walk by following rules. You learn by doing, and by falling over.
Like getting into a bleeding competition with a blood bank.
I never get the accountants in before I start up a business. It’s done on gut feeling, especially if I can see that they are taking the mickey out of the consumer.
Ridiculous yachts and private planes and big limousines won’t make people enjoy life more, and it sends out terrible messages to the people who work for them. It would be so much better if that money was spent in Africa – and it’s about getting a balance.
With the casino and the beds, our passengers will have at least two ways to get lucky on one of our flights.
You never know with these things when you’re trying something new what can happen. This is all experimental.
We believe that within five years, 96 percent of British consumers will have access to the Internet, whether it be through a personal computer, a set-top box or a mobile phone.
Right now I’m just delighted to be alive and to have had a nice long bath.
My mother was determined to make us independent. When I was four years old, she stopped the car a few miles from our house and made me find my own way home across the fields. I got hopelessly lost.
I cannot remember a moment in my life when I have not felt the love of my family. We were a family that would have killed for each other – and we still are.
And obviously, from our own personal point of view, the principal challenge is a personal challenge.
I wanted to be an editor or a journalist, I wasn’t really interested in being an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.
The music industry is a strange combination of having real and intangible assets: pop bands are brand names in themselves, and at a given stage in their careers their name alone can practically gaurantee hit records.
We’ve always had a pretty competitive and pretty ferocious battle with British Airways… It’s lasted now about 14 years, and we’re very pleased to have survived it.