Richard Branson will probably be worth more than $4 billion.
Though he has been wildly successful at making money, Branson says it isn’t what has motivated him.
“I didn’t start Virgin to earn a living,” Branson said in a blog post published Monday. “Instead, I needed to produce a positive difference in people’s lives.”
Branson started the Virgin Group in 1970 with a mail-order record business, which developed into Virgin Information. In 1992, it was the first business within the Virgin umbrella to reach a valuation of $1 billion.
Today, Virgin Group has part ownership in more than 60 businesses serving 53 million customers worldwide and including 69,000 employees.
“We’ve always discovered areas where we can positively disrupt a business – shaking up entrenched industries can do [a] world of good,” Branson wrote. “I extensively believe that we ought to do everything in your power to make the world a better place for generations to come.”
Naturally, “getting a clear sense of purpose can really lead to having a success[ful] business,” Branson writes.
Indeed: The billionaire owns property across the world (including two private islands), enjoys jet-setting adventures like kite surfing and is also a philanthropist.
But Branson is not the only real successful business person to espouse the importance of working for reasons apart from money.
SpaceX and Tesla manager Elon Musk says he’s motivated to solve global problems, for example.
“Tesla exists to help reduce risk of catastrophic local climate change, which influences all species on the planet. Whether or not your faith in mankind is faltering, this will probably be worth nurturing about. Support is important,” Musk tweeted in October 2018.
To be sure, Musk has made a lot of money. He is presently worthwhile $18.5 billion, corresponding to Forbes. But corresponding to Musk, it isn’t about shelling out for himself.
“You should ask why I would want money. The reason is not what you think. Hardly any time for entertainment. Don’t have getaway homes or yachts or anything like this,” Musk tweeted.
“About 50 % my money is intended to help problems on the planet & half to help establish a self-sustaining city on Mars to ensure continuation of life (of all species) in the event Earth gets hit with a meteor like the dinosaurs or WW3 happens & we destroy ourselves.”
Of course, Musk has developed a flair for the opulent: He sent his own cherry red Telsa Roadster into orbit over a SpaceX rocket in February 2018, and the Los Angeles home he owned along with his now ex-wife, “Westworld” actress Talulah Riley happens to be on the marketplace for over $4 million.
*Richard Branson’s quotes were taken from his Twitter