CNBC Meets... Sir Richard Branson

London, 5 July 2012 – CNBC, the leading business and financial news network, continues its successful CNBC Meets series, with an exclusive interview with one of the world’s most famous and successful entrepreneurs, and creator of the Virgin brand, Sir Richard Branson. The programme will premiere on the network on Wednesday, 18th July at 10.00pm BST.

In this highly personal interview, Branson speaks with CNBC Meets host, Tania Bryer on Necker Island, his private retreat in the Caribbean; at his home in Oxfordshire and in Oslo for a meeting with ‘The Elders’ - a independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights, put together by Branson and Peter Gabriel.

Branson reveals stories about his childhood that give an insight into what drives and motivates him today. He talks about leaving school at just 16, branded stupid due to his dyslexia, and starting a magazine called Student, which eventually led to the launch of the globally successful Virgin brand. Branson discusses his meteoric rise and how ‘luck’ has always played a big part in his life. He also explains how his family have coped with all his daredevil stunts and near fatal crashes.

Bryer also sits down with Eve Branson, Richard’s mother and inspiration, who talks openly and honestly about what it is really like to have Richard Branson as a son.

The programme also features interviews with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter who share their thoughts on Branson’s achievements, both personally and professionally and explain how his philanthropic endeavours make a difference to so many lives around the world.

The CNBC Meets series features up close and personal interviews with some of the world’s most successful people and asks them how they have achieved success in their career, their home life and about their commitments to philanthropy.

Transcript, review copies and stills from the programme are available upon request.

First transmission date in the UK: 18th July 2012, 10.00pm BST. Programme will air on each of CNBC’s regional networks in the US; Europe, Middle East and Africa; and in Asia-Pacific.

EMEA 18th July 2012, 10.00pm BST
Weds, 18th July at 23.00 (CET)
Sat, 21st July & Sun 22nd at 22.30 (CET)
Mon, 23rd July at 23.30 (CET)

Asia-Pacific (SIN/HK)
Sat, 21st Jul at 12.30, 19.30
Sun 22nd Jul at 03.30, 21.30
Mon 23rd Jul at 04.30

Australia (AEST)
Sat, 21st Jul at 19.30, 22.30
Sun, 22nd Jul at 03.30, 21.30
Mon, 23rd Jul at 02.30, 06.30

United States (EST)
CNBC World
Sat, 21st July at 19.30, 22.30
Sun, 22nd July at 07.30
Weds, 25th July at 10.30

Presenter - Tania Bryer
Producer / Director - Dayna Hochfelder
Editor - Brian Watkinson
Executive Producers - Tania Bryer and Niaz Samadizadeh

The CNBC Meets series has already featured up close and personal interviews with Tamara Mellon (Jimmy Choo), Richard Desmond (Northern & Shell), Naomi Campbell (super model), John Caudwell (mobile phone tycoon) Kelly Hoppen (designer), Vidal Sassoon (iconic hairdresser), Jon Bon Jovi (rock star).

In the UK CNBC is available on all major pay-tv platforms: Sky (channel 505), Virgin (613), Talk Talk (510), Freesat (210).

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