How did Richard Branson make his first million?

The Virgin Group employs more than 50,000 staff, in 50 countries around the globe. How did the Group's Founder, Richard Branson get the money to fund so many ventures? Believe it or not, as this TIME video reveals, it all started with The Exorcist. 

So, as you can see, a gamble on unknown artist, Mike Oldfield and his unique musical style – as showcased through the future global hit, Tubular Bells – gained Virgin its first million. With this funding and big dreams, the brand went on to wage an attack on various industries, shaking them up along the way. From music to air travel, and on to space travel, Virgin is proof that not even the sky is the limit for those willing to push the envelop.

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