Saturday, February 6, 2016

Richard Branson shares his beautiful love story as he celebrates 40th wedding anniversary

For Richard Branson, courting his wife was no walk in the park but his persistence finally paid off. Read about the length the founder of Virgin Group went to in order to impress his wife and get her to fall in love with him as they celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.


"Forty years ago this Sunday, my life changed for the better, forever. On February 7th 1976 at our Virgin Records studio, the Manor, I experienced love at first sight upon meeting a blonde-haired, down to earth, Scottish beauty named Joan, who just happened to be making a cup of tea.

I generally make up my mind about someone within 30 seconds of meeting them, and Joan won my heart instantly. She was unlike any other women I had ever met. She was beautiful. She was bright. She was witty. She was down to earth. She was fun. And she had eyes made of magic. However, the feeling wasn’t immediately reciprocated. I had to work hard for her attention, and ultimately affection. 

I found out that she worked in a bric-a-brac shop in Westbourne Grove called Dodo’s, close to our Virgin Records office on Vernon Yard, and I began to persistently hang around the shop – popping in to buy countless objects that I really didn’t need, and had no room for since I lived on a small houseboat. But it was worth it for many reasons; because I got to see Joan, and because one purchase – an old Danish bacon advertising sign with a caption that read: ‘Now, that’s what I call music’ – inspired the Now! CD compilations.

Eventually my courting paid off, and soon we were meeting up regularly; stealing 20 precious minutes at lunch, quarter of an hour before a meeting, or a few moments after she shut up shop. But our relationship wasn’t straightforward, and two years later, still determined to win her heart, I made a grand gesture. 
Upon hearing that there was an island in the British Virgin Islands up for sale, I called the people selling it to enquire. As we were still in the early days of Virgin Records, I by no means had the cash to buy it. Luckily, the realtor didn’t know this and offered me an all-expenses paid trip to see the island that included a house and helicopter! I agreed to go on one condition – if I could bring a guest.

To my delight, Joan agreed to join me on the trip. Together we strolled around Necker Island and dreamed up plans for turning it into our home and a haven for musicians. Smitten with the unspoilt paradise, and keen to impress Joan, I offered the highest amount I could afford: $100,000. The realtor’s ‘discounted’ asking price was $6 million, so you can imagine the response I got. There was no laid-on helicopter on our return trip, and we hitch-hiked back to the airport!
 
A year went by and nobody else made an offer, so the owner, who was desperate to sell, finally agreed to a purchase price of $180,000. I begged and borrowed this money, and Joan and I made it our home and were married there 11 years later.

I don’t like to think what my life would be like had I not met Joan. She is the most amazing and supportive partner, wonderful mother to our two lovely children Holly and Sam, and perfect grandmother to our three beautiful grandchildren, Artie, Etta and Eva-Deia.

"Happy anniversary Joan. Forty years have flown by with you at my side. It’s been one big ridiculous adventure of fun, friendship and love. Thank you for making life extraordinary. Your eyes are still as magic as they were forty years ago!"

52 comments:

augustine muta said...

hmm

Habibat Idris said...


she grabs someone else' boyfriend's dick in the club & suck (18+Video)

Adaobilinda her sexcellency said...

Wow! Hwa

Point And Kill said...

Ok.. Long story

Debbie Chelsea said...

Very lovely

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

40! He deserves a medal... Congrats to them

YOUNGBUHARI said...

Oga Happy anniversary.. All of us go love

Juliet Iwuno said...

Woooooow! Love in Tokyo! I go love o! Linda take note!

okechukwu nnoduechi said...

GOOD TO SEE









AUNTY LINDA 👩

Y.F.C. Omrex said...

What a story, lovely.

chioma jacinta said...

Nice. * it's well*

Owakah I said...

Congratulation to him

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Odibe Blessing said...

Awwwwwwwwww dat's so sweet!congrats and many more yrs together.

linda's bestie said...

HWA

Joan Morris said...

Awwwwwwww...my namesake...HWA

samson adele said...

Blissful!!!

odusbaby nnunu said...

What's this now? Linda pls come join me, m eating snail,,do u care for?

ejike capable said...

Wow I am tickled! hope to say this to my wife too

Bibian Obunse said...

Happy anniversary to them...

Pretty face said...

Seen

tollyjems said...

So sweet

Psalmuelle aka Samstone. said...

Love is a beautiful thing. E no easy.

#LIB ADDICT#

princess Stella said...

Congratulations!

princess Stella said...

Congratulations!

Nnenne George said...

They has come along way.. HML 👍

Nnenne George said...

They has come along way.. HWA 👍

Donroxy said...

True love, Real love.
and The woman stayed and they lived happily thereafter.

Donroxy said...

True love, Real love.
and The woman stayed and they lived happily thereafter.

eunymz said...

So sweet...not easy cus 40years no be moi moi

MZ EUEU

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Wow! Happy birthday to him


... Merited happiness

Anonymous said...

How many Nigerian men can say this about their wives or persist like this.. always busy complaining or cheating or forgetting your birthday not to talk of how they met you..lol
So scared of marrying them I swear,, the things I've seen and heard are just brutal.
Dear future boo,, may we love each other utterly and completely.
Dear Bransons,, keep keeping it amazing!

preshy osas said...

wonderful. kind of love everyone hopes to find.Long lasting love true love😝😘😍

owakah (A.K.A. Innosometin) said...

GOOD

Frank Odigie said...

This is sweet!

ROYAL PRIESTHOOD said...

HWA and congrats to them. I wish them all d best.

Amos Mohammed said...

Awwwww love is a wonderful thing. I love love.

Melody Charles said...

Cngrat 2 dem.

Anonymous said...

Good man meet gooder(better) woman...

chyyy said...

Love nwantinti! Happy anniversary! True Love is really sweet.

uche ekwulugo said...

Their love story make sense



AJ MAIN BOY...

Anonymous said...

Crazy.. Big Ladies dances Naked in Public Eye all in the name of tradition and festive (please be 18+)

Jamila Shaibu said...

Cool




Morning Linda

charles!!!! said...

so I will toast a lady for good two years, na waooo.

Vivian Reginalds said...

Hml
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

RareSpecie Z said...

Still smitten.

Olusweets said...

Awwww, how sweet!When you are with the right person, love is what you experience. Happy Anniversary, more love and happy times and friendship ahead.

touchofay said...

Wow. I love his last comment about her eyes still having magic. More wonderful years together

touchofay said...

Wow! Such a love story. I really like his last comment about her shining eyes even after 40 years. Wish you both more wonderful and fulfilling years together

touchofay said...

Wow! Such a love story. I really like his last comment about her shining eyes even after 40 years. Wish you both more wonderful and fulfilling years together

touchofay said...

Wow! Such a love story. I really like his last comment about her shining eyes even after 40 years. Wish you both more wonderful and fulfilling years together

Ade Olasengbe said...

HWA, wishing both of them many more happy years together.

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