From Norway to Romania to Barcelona
- By Richard Branson -
- May 09, 2012
In Romania at the moment, after spending time meeting with The Elders in Oslo. After communism Romania was well-known for its terrible problems such as a huge number of neglected orphans. It is great to see the country growing so well now, and wonderful to meet so many delightful people.
Everybody here has got a new entrepreneurial idea. One particularly insistent young lad jumped in the car to the airport with me to pitch his idea!
He was 22-years-old and had written his autobiography already. He has printed 100 copies of the book and wanted to sell the copies to 100 entrepreneurs around the world. He was planning to charge $1.2 million per copy!
I told him I admired his cheek, but that he’ll most likely have to go back to the drawing board for his next idea. But anyway, I’ll have a quick look at his book. Certainly one of the more outrageous suggestions I’ve ever had!
We also met Sony Mordechai, a Romanian national who will be joining us in space with Virgin Galactic. There was still time for an interesting discussion with lots of young people as we raised lots of money for Virgin Unite.
Tonight it’s on to Barcelona on behalf of the Global Commission on Drugs Policy to move the debate on the war on drugs forwards. Will keep you posted on our progress.
By Richard Branson. Founder of Virgin Group