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The network of… Richard Branson

The network of… Richard Branson

He’s just celebrated turning 60, so we decided to mark the occasion by checking out six of the Virgin billionaire’s most interesting contacts.

September 13, 2010 4:45 by



Though it sounds like something from Lord of the Rings, Richard Branson has formed a gang of wise elders alongside his friend Nelson Mandela and other world figures, including Jimmy Carter, Kofi Annan, and Desmond Tutu. Their aim is to form “a private alliance to launch diplomatic assaults on the globe’s most intractable problems,” according to the New York Times.

Mandela is most famous as an anti-apartheid activist jailed for 27 years, and as the first black president of South Africa. A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Mandela is credited with helping South Africa take huge strides towards healing the racial divide – the moment when the once hated Springboks (South Africa’s rugby union team) won the World Cup on home soil, and Mandela presented the trophy, is seen as a timeless milestone in the country’s reconciliation.



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