Losing My Virginity

Losing My Virginity: The Autobiography is the autobiography of the British businessman Richard Branson. Published in 1998, it was later followed by other biographical books by Branson, including Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur (2008) and The Virgin Way: How to Listen, Learn, Laugh and Lead (2014).

A paperback version (ISBN 0-7535-1020-0) was released in 2002.

An updated edition was released in 2005 in hardback and paperback expressing Branson's views on 9/11 and how it has affected his business, especially his airline Virgin Atlantic.

Losing My Virginity was positively reviewed by Tom Fawcett writing for CNN in 1999. Fawcett wrote that "...Branson offers a fascinating autobiography of a man who succeeded by taking huge risks, proving that the established way is not the only way." and that "The strength of Losing my Virginity is Branson's modesty and honesty. ...Often criticized by the media for being a showman, Branson reasons that he only used his personality to help gain exposure for Virgin. Surprisingly, Branson comes off as a lovable underdog battling the establishment, instead of a spoiled tycoon. In the introduction, Branson explains that "Losing My Virginity" is Volume One of his autobiography, which takes him up to his early 40s. How Branson will reinvent middle-age and retirement should make for a compelling sequel".[1]

The book was serialized in The Sun and The Times.[2][3]

In October 2010 it was reported by Variety that Losing my Virginity was being adapted into a biopic by David Mirkin, who would write, direct and co-produce the film with Steven Paul.[4]