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Richard Branson Raises $300K for Winnipeg Charity

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, speaks to media following his address to the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce at the Fairmont Winnipeg on Friday, October 5, 2012. (CHRISD.CA)

One of the world’s richest men was in Winnipeg on Friday to speak to a packed room of local business leaders.

Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, spoke to a sold-out crowd of 800 at the Fairmont Winnipeg in an address organized by the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce and 103.1 Virgin Radio.

Branson flew in Thursday night in a private jet to James Richardson International Airport, where he later made a stop at the King’s Head Pub and Eatery.

Branson, with a net worth of about $4.2 billion, spoke for roughly 45 minutes as part of a question and answer session with Virgin Radio host Ace Burpee.

Proceeds of more than $300,000 from the afternoon will be shared with Resource Assistance for Youth (RaY), one of Branson’s supported charities. The entrepreneur announced a program earlier this week called Phones For Change, which will help at-risk and homeless youth in Winnipeg and Vancouver access Virgin Mobile phones and plans while educating them on the importance of financial management and how to escape the cycle of debt.

Four trips to Branson’s Necker Island were auctioned off for $30,000 each. One of the successful bidders was Hartley Richardson, president and CEO of James Richardson and Sons.

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Richard Branson to Speak at Sold-Out Luncheon on Friday

Richard Branson (WIKIPEDIA)

Virgin Group mogul Sir Richard Branson will speak to a room of 800 people on Friday at the Fairmont Winnipeg during a sold-out luncheon.

Presented by 103.1 Virgin Radio and the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce, Branson is known for his sporting achievements, notably the record-breaking Atlantic crossing in Virgin Atlantic Challenger II in 1986, and the first crossing by hot-air balloon of the Atlantic (1987) and Pacific (1991). His net worth in 2009 was $2.5 billion, according to Forbes.

Branson’s address will begin at 12:45 p.m.

— Staff

Sir Richard Branson in Winnipeg October 5

Richard Branson (WIKIPEDIA)

Virgin Group chairman Sir Richard Branson will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon in Winnipeg on Friday, October 5.

The billionaire British business tycoon will speak at the Fairmont Winnipeg as part of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce event.

General tickets are $75, $65 for members and $55.25 for students.

Branson’s Winnipeg visit will also officially launch 103.1 Virgin Radio, which hit the local airwaves last Friday.

Listen to Ace Burpee interview Branson on 103.1 Virgin Radio

Hot 103 No More, Station Rebrands as Virgin Radio

Winnipeg’s most listened to FM radio station ditched its old brand on Friday.

Hot 103 has joined Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group family under the leadership of Astral Media to become the “All-New #1 Hit Music Station 103.1 Virgin Radio” as of 8 a.m.

The company has rebranded several of its other stations to Virgin, including in Toronto, Vancouver, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary, and most recently, London, Ontario.

The format will remain the same, with the station focusing on hit music and featuring star host Ryan Seacrest (syndicated), Canadian DJs Angry Kids, and Ace Burpee to continue as host of the morning show with Chrissy Troy and Lloyd the Intern.

103.1 Virgin Radio will be commercial-free all through the Labour Day weekend as part of the launch.

“Credit has to go to Ace Burpee who started the ball rolling this summer,” said Sharon Taylor, vice-president and general manager of Astral Radio Winnipeg. “Ace is a Richard Branson fan and knew that the values of the Virgin Radio brand matched the values that are also important to Winnipeg. We’re all very excited, a Virgin Radio station in Winnipeg puts us on the Virgin worldwide map, allowing us to bring even more exciting artists, contests and fun to music fans in Winnipeg. We’re incredibly pumped.”

To get ready for the flip, Astral hired Dale Davies in July as its new program director.

The name “Hot 103” had been carried since 1997 under numerous ownerships such as Craig Broadcasting, Standard Radio and Astral Media. Earlier this year, Bell Media announced it would be purchasing Astral, but the sale is still pending and requires regulatory approval.

In the latest ratings book, Hot 103 held a 9.1 share during the spring period.