Richard Branson wouldn't mind a bite out of Apple

Richard Branson wouldn't mind a bite out of AppleThey're two of the most successful and well-known companies in the world, headed by two of the best known entrepreneurs.

We're talking about Virgin and Apple, and from Virgin boss Richard Branson's point of view at least, there would be no hassle should Apple CEO Steve Jobs ever fancy a merger.

Branson started Virgin here in the UK back in the early seventies, a couple of years before Steve Jobs was involved in setting up Apple Computer in California.

Approaching three decades later, both men are among the best-known faces on the planet, and highly respected for their business acumen and uncompromising standards.

They're also not really involved in too many of the same industries, which we're sure is part of the reason Branson finds it so easy to express his admiration for Apple counterpart Jobs.

“Everything he does is real class,” Branson said of Jobs in a recent interview with T3. “If he wanted to rename his company Virgin Apple, we sure would be happy to merge! A great brand, a great company.”

The Virgin front man added: “He’s the entrepreneur in the world I most admire and I think [Apple] is the brand I most admire. He's the greatest comeback artist as well. He's twice been down and out and he's fought his way out and created a brilliant global company.”

With Jobs having been on the sidelines for medical reasons since January, the potential exists for a third comeback story, but even if it doesn't happen, Branson's respect is undiminished.

“Steve Jobs would have to be my personality of this year because it sounds like he may not be coming back [to work]. He really has done incredible things and he’s got a great legacy.”

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drunken_prozac  Mar. 12, 2011 at 11:36

no..... just no

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 12, 2011 at 11:45

drunken_prozac my sentiment exactly :(


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