My story of Necker Island

From pretending I wanted to buy an island to impress a girl, to buying the island and marrying her there – this is our story of Necker Island.

Find out about marooned journalists who struggled to survive on Necker Island. Learn about what happened in the Necker Fire and how we rebuilt our home. Discover my original plans for Necker as a recording studio, and its current purpose as a place for interesting people to visit, conceive ideas and have a great time.

It’s been a real delight looking back on our lives on Necker, and finding footage of playing with the kids and spending time with Diana brought a tear to my eye.

When we first came here there was nothing. Now Necker is a haven for endangered species, an experiment in sustainable living, and the place we unwind and relax. Above all – Necker is home. What does home mean to you? Let us know in the comments below…

Source: http://www.virgin.com/richard-branson/my-story-of-necker-island

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  1. The story of a man who has made an eternal legacy. From the first time i heard about this man, i strive be a living legacy like he is, be at a place where ideas can make the world a better and safer place to thrive. I salute you Sir.

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  2. Richard is such a good example of an entrepreneur with a vision for future concerning caring for our earth; is only all business men had such a broad insight into sustaining life on earth…

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  3. Sir Richard, thank you for sharing your “jewel” with us. You have always been someone I have admired enormously and I think the work you are doing with the carbon emissions issue is fantastic. Keep up the good work and thanks once again for being the person you are.

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  4. Just started to read. I am one who had to study very hard through high school and university and therefore find Richard who was a drop out at school. He is an inspiration and helps clear my inferiority complex about education being the only measure for success.

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  5. home to me means family, love, unity, peace, laughter, warmth, joy….it’s when i’m home that i feel everything is possible, that God does love me and that i’m worthy of a great life

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  6. Really cool video…Sir Richard encompasses the ideals of an entrepreneur, who will take the risks, get burned, and come back for more….striving ever forward…hats off to him…a lesson to all of us

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  7. Home is where you and your loved ones feel safe and can build the dreams of what they want for the future , a place to get away from the crazy world and recharge the batteries , I wish i to had an Island to bring up a Family and what you Richard have made me realise we can all makes our dreams a reality if we believe it and work hard to make it happen Thank You for your inspiration 🙂 Graham Abbott, South Africa in the small town of Barrydale where i found my little small holding and am helping the community learn to grow food and set up the farmers market and trade on Tallent exchange an alternative currency. Google Tallent Exchange its a wonderful alternative to money where no one has any money but lots of talents 🙂

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  8. Home is where you feel safe ,home is where your children are safe, home is where a family can grow and flourish, home is a place where God rules,home is where happiness ,peace and joy resides, my home is where orphaned children live and grow and have all things.Home is The Lighthouse Baby Shelter in South Africa.

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  9. My dream is to find an Island and build a self sustainable community with the help of skilled minds where people can come to learn about alternative sources of energy and consumption.Where we can discover how to exist without the wasteful consuming of useless products. Hopefully this will be a start in reversing the destruction of Mother Earth we have all been part of…

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  10. Sir Richard Branson, always an inspiration! Home…surely simply a place to ‘Be’…a place of refuge, a place of rejuvenation, a place to ‘hurt’, a place to heal….a place to care, to nurture, to mold….filled with Integrity, Love and Harmony…a place to be vulnerable, but SAFE….a place of Contemplation…a place of Growth…Bless You you seem to have achieved a semblance of that…through it may you continue to bless many others the same! As I said, always an Inspiration, Thank You! David Armstrong

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  11. I look on when i feel I have wasted my life and see such passion for life. I have regrets that I didn’t take life as you have and shake it for all its worth. Well done

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  12. Noluthando Sikhosana · Edit

    Remarkable. This is a great sign that God truly works within individuals. You have blessed so many people and as you do that,you are being increased.

    Keep up. You are an inspiration.

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  13. Thank you for sharing this inspiration video Brian. Richard Branson is just so amazing, it sometimes give me a headache just thinking about the gigantic and yet so humble lifestyle he lives. Amazing!!! Richard Branson, may you continually be blessed as you such an inspiration.

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  14. wow that so much i can say and i will sure establish my home soon where found memories like yours sir will be created and recorded 🙂 such an inspiration.

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  15. Thulasizwe Luthuli · Edit

    I am moved and speechless! You’re extraordinary, Sir Richard Branson! Home is a place of safety, warmth and harmony!

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  16. Waaaoooowww I am inspired Sir Branson you really are an inspiration. It’s the middle of the night but I feel like getting up to go and do some work on my ideas. Thank you for making me believe in myself and my ideas. It show that nothing and no one can stop you from reaching your goal. With god anything is possible. Thank you Sir I love Virgin Atlantic Airline it’s my all time favorite. May god keep blessing you

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  17. You forgot to mention one thing, you have to be super super rich to own an island! You also have to be super super rich to not work and vacation all you want on an island in the middle of nowhere. You have to have you own chartered plane.

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  18. Rodjelio Dragon from philippines · Edit

    Hello Sir Richard..
    Blessed is he who nourished the gift of creation and lives a life of simplicity. Congratulation Sir Richard. I am Rodjelio Dragon from Philippines. I am a farmer who also have an advocacy in Organic Farming.

    Congratulations Sir Richard. May God bless You.

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  19. Home is a serene and peaceful place…A place that is rejuvenating, that leaves you in high spirits…Sir Richard Branson, you are an exceptional model and an inspiration.

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  20. Anthony R. Serafin · Edit

    In all the Hustle and bustle of life and your achievements, its the simplicity, comfort and love with life, family and Nature that matters and be called Home….

    Thank you SIr Richard for sharing.

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  21. Wow ..thats great to hear about your sucess story of your island.wow before my last breath I want to visit this place it looks beautiful.hoping one day I will visit .

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  22. You did it 🙂
    I myself have had this dream, but my life has been limited! Diseases creates no sustainable economy.
    So I had to focus on first things first, my health! This has given me the gift to see things differently, but the dream is still there …

    Live my dream, you do it well … <3

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