Sir Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group of companies and one of the world's most influential business leaders, appeared Jan. 25 at UC Irvine as part of the "Living Peace" series of talks co-hosted by UCI and a local nonprofit, the Center for Living Peace.
Branson has also founded Virgin Unite, a nonprofit adjunct to his corporate empire.
Its goal is to "to revolutionize the way businesses, governments and the social sector work together — driving business as a force for good," said Nancy Christiano, with the Center For Living Peace, in welcoming the British tycoon to Orange County.
She added: "Richard Branson's presence here seeks to create important dialogue about how people can generate a more peaceful, just and sustainable world inspiring all to take action."
Branson's appearance was the second talk in the three-part Living Peace series, which opened late last year with a talk by actress Charlize Theron, who spoke about her charity work in helping impoverished children in her native Africa. The series will conclude with an appearance at UCI by the Dalai Lama on May 4.