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Guest Sir Richard Branson

Sir Richard Branson isn't the richest billionaire in the world. But it would be tough to find one who's more flamboyant. You just don't see Bill Gates or Warren Buffett trying to circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon. But that's Branson's M.O.: set out to do something that seems impossible.

And he started young. At 16, Branson dropped out of school to start a magazine for student activists. At 20, he started selling records by mail order, and within two years, created Virgin Records. Branson shook things up, signing the Sex Pistols when no other record label would touch them. He also signed The Stones and even hung out with Keith Richards - oh, we'll get into that in our interview.

From there, Virgin expanded into mobile, airlines, trains and even space travel. But Branson's not just about business.

He started Virgin Unite to fight poverty, disease and homelessness. He hooked up with Nelson Mandela to form The Elders - a group of world leaders trying to foster peace and ease human suffering. And the profits he makes from his airlines and trains go into renewable energy projects.

Now, he has a new initiative: to help end youth homelessness in Canada. And if you're thinking 'What can I do?' Well, Sir Richard has a plan.

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