Sir Richard Branson feels 'fortunate to have survived' his adventures

Richard Branson is telling his life story in an audiobook credit:Bang Showbiz
Richard Branson is telling his life story in an audiobook credit:Bang Showbiz

Sir Richard Branson feels "fortunate to have survived" his adventures.

The 73-year-old billionaire businessman has taken on numerous challenges over the course of his lifetime which have included sailing across the Atlantic - with his first attempt ending with the boat capsizing - and crossing the Pacific in a balloon as well as going into space in a Virgin Galactic craft and he has now admitted he feels lucky to be alive after all his exploits.

He said: "I've had the most extraordinary life and I've been very, very fortunate to have survived it."

Branson is reliving his adventures and the building of his business empire in a new audiobook called 'Losing and Finding My Virginity' which is released this month on Virgin Red.

He said of his decision to record his life story in audio form: "I've reached the age where I thought I would try to put my life into an audiobook reliving 73 years of history. So my life has been one of adventure. Literally, with trying to break World Records and those helped put the Virgin brand on the map. And there comes the entrepreneurial side which has been leaving school at 15 and creating the biggest independent record company in the world and then moving from there to the airline business ...

"Going to space on our own spaceship was definitely the culmination of my lifetime being able to just unbuckle and float up into the top of the craft and look back on Earth was just certainly a 'pinch me' moment.

The Virgin Group founder has previously told his story in a number of books including 'Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun, and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way' and 'Finding My Virginity'.