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Richard Branson

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Biography on CNBC â?? J. Willard Marriott
It wasn't until age 57 that J. Willard Marriott entered into the hotel business. With immediate success, Marriott went on to create the hospitality empire that we know today.

Richard Branson — billionaire, tycoon, adventurer...and now Knight of the Realm. A wild risk-taker and a shameless self-promoter. Sir Richard started without so much as a high-school education and built Virgin Group into one of the biggest and most successful business venture in Britain.

Which flamboyant pop singer helped keep Richard Branson's company from going out of business?

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  • Biography on CNBC - Out of the Office     Wednesday, 23 Dec 2009 | 12:00 AM ET

    A Business leader leaves the office and Biography on CNBC moves in to see what awards and mementos they have decorating their work space. Can you guess who's office this is?

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