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Virgin’s Branson to speak at du CEO Forum

British entrepreneur to address UAE executives at invitation-only event

Virgin’s Branson to speak at du CEO Forum
Branson started his first business venture at the age of 16.

Virgin Group founder Sir Richard Branson will address the UAE's CEO's and senior executives, at telecom operator du's CEO Forum 2014.

The forum, an invitation-only event, will be held on 24 March in Dubai. Previous editions have hosted Malcolm Gladwell, Chris Anderson, Robin Sharma, Pranav Mistry, and Professor Clayton Christensen.

This year's theme is ‘Innovation Odyssey' and discussions will centre on "leadership and entrepreneurship, people and giving back to the community" according to du.

 "It gives me great pleasure to announce our fifth CEO Forum, a premier event for CEOs and top executives that has grown in stature by leaps and bounds since the time we started it four years back - thanks to everyone's support," said Osman Sultan, CEO, du.

"During our lifetime, there are very few global business leaders in the league of Sir Richard Branson who excel in ‘disruptive' strategic thinking and in making a tangible difference to the society we live in, and I look forward to [welcoming] him as the speaker [at] yet another successful edition of our upcoming business event."

Branson started his first business venture at the age of 16 with a magazine called The Student and launched Virgin Records in 1973. Virgin Group now holds more than 200 companies in more than 30 countries, including the United Kingdom, US, Australia and Canada. Branson expanded his businesses to include a train company, a luxury game preserve, a mobile phone company and a space-tourism company, Virgin Galactic. According to the Forbes 2012 list of billionaires, Branson is the sixth richest UK citizen with an estimated net worth of $ 4.6bn. He was knighted in 1999 for his contribution to entrepreneurship.

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