The mother of British billionaire and Virgin founder Richard Branson has died of Covid-19. Branson reports on his blog. “She had one last victory and was able to fight off the virus, but she had used up all her energy in the process,” said Branson.
Accordingly, Eve Branson was 96 years old. “Instead of mourning her loss, I would like to celebrate her wonderful life, her tremendous spirit, the joy she brought so many and the love she gave us all,” writes Richard Branson. His father died in 2011.
He was happy to have grown up with such parents. “They taught us how important hard work is, that you shouldn’t take yourself too seriously, that you should treat people the way you would like to be treated, that you should think like an entrepreneur, and so much more. They showed us that family is the most important thing in the world and surrounded us with love and encouragement. “
“It is no exaggeration to say that I owe my career to my mother”
His mother has lived many different lives. Dressed up as a boy, she took gliding lessons, reported to the naval service for women during the Second World War and toured Germany as a ballet dancer after the war. She also acted and worked as a stewardess for British South American Airways. “It’s no exaggeration to say that I owe my career to my mother,” says Branson. Without the £ 100 that his mother received as a finder’s reward in the late 1960s and gave him, he would not have founded Virgin.
His mother founded the “Eve Branson Foundation” to support girls and women in the Atlas Mountains in Morocco. In her honor, Branson named the aircraft carrier mother ship of his space company Virgin Galactic VMS Eve, because “she will always be my mother ship,” writes Branson in the obituary.
Eve Branson leaves three children, 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.