Richard Branson quotes bore us and people and businesses that re-quote him bore and offend us. He's just another self-entitled rich white guy with nothing that speaks to us.
In 1971, Branson was convicted and briefly jailed for tax evasion, having fraudulently obtained export documents for records to be sold on the domestic market. Branson was advised of the sting by an anonymous tip-off and attempted to dispose of the evidence, but this was unsuccessful.
Branson's business empire is owned by a complicated series of Offshore Trusts and companies. The Sunday Times stated that his wealth is calculated at £3 billion; if he were to retire to his Caribbean island and liquidate all ofthis, he would pay relatively little in tax. Branson has been criticised for his business strategy, and has been accused of being a Carpetbagger. Branson responded that he is living on Necker for health rather than tax reasons.
In 2013, Branson described himself as a "tax exile", having saved millions in tax by surrendering his British citizenship. This was echoed by Labour's John McDonnell in 2016, amid calls for his knighthood to be revoked.
Promotion of SeaWorld
Branson has been criticised by the Whale and Dolphin Conservation organisation for profiting from selling trips to Seaworld and similar themed parks that hold dolphins, whales and other sea life in captivity for entertainment purposes.
In November 2017, singer Antonia Jenae, a backing singer for Joss Stone claimed Branson sexually assaulted her at Necker Island. A spokesperson for Branson confirmed to The Sun newspaper that members of the band had been invited for a party o