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When Richard Branson was at school, his headmaster predicted he would wind up either a millionaire or in jail. Since then, he’s done both. Here he talks to TED’s Chris Anderson about the ups and the downs of his career, from his multibillionaire success to his multiple near-death experiences, from Virgin’s line of spacecraft to the failure of the Virgin condom. He also reveals some of his (very surprising) motivations.

I always wondered what we could do if we had a Christian version of Richard Branson; a chain of companies that functioned with Christian principles. Or a Hope-owned version of McDonald’s. Since there’s is a McDonald’s in every country; think of all the church planters we could send all over the world without having them to worry about finding a job!

I have the convictions, but I do not the resources.

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