Here’s today’s Final Jeopardy (in the category Businessmen) for Thursday, September 14, 2017:
The corporation of this British man got its name from his early inexperience in business
(correct response beneath the contestants)
|Larry Coben, an archaeologist & foundation executive director from New York, New York
||Ellen Wernecke, a social media analyst from Chicago, Illinois
||Jen Sosnowski, a high school science teacher from Roanoke, Virginia (1-day total: $28,801)
Who is Richard Branson?
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Richard Branson set up a mail-order record business in 1970, selling records for much less than could be found on “High Street” at that point. The name Virgin was suggested because of the inexperience at business of the employees. 1972 saw the record label Virgin Records founded. As luck would have it, the label’s first release, Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells”, went to #1. He started Virgin Atlantic Airways in 1984, a venture which he started because his flight to Puerto Rico was cancelled, and so he chartered a plane to get himself (and the other passengers) the rest of the way there (for a nominal fee in order to cover the cost of the charter).
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