Famous entrepreneurs who have paid tribute to their dads

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Whether it be advice, knowledge or simply the gift of life many of us have a lot to thank our good old dads for! Here are some blog entries from famous entrepreneurs who acknowledge that their fathers helped to shape their path to success…


LOS ANGELES - NOV 11: Sir Richard Branson, Virgin America Flight Attendants arrives at the Rock the Kabash Gala 2010 at Dorothy Chandler Pavilion on November 11, 2010 in Los Angeles, CA


Founder of Virgin Group – Richard Branson

Although Branson calls himself ‘the self-made entrepreneur’ he claims to owe a lot of his fortune to his father; Edward James Branson.

“One of the most resounding lessons I learned from my father was the importance of dreaming. My dad didn’t get to live out his dream to be an archaeologist; he followed in the footsteps of his father, a High Court judge.

“Dad struggled in his career as a barrister, but instead of mourning a life he could have lived, he made sure I learned from his mistakes, giving me remarkably free rein to find my own way, and live out my dreams.

“Even when I messed up, which I have done many time throughout my life, he always stood by me; knowing that by showing me unconditional love I would become the man I was meant to be.”

And who is that?

Richard Branson started his career with just £300 that he used to create a student magazine which eventually featured legend, Mick Jagger! Since then Branson opened new ventures – the Virgin Group which includes the likes of Virgin Airlines, Virgin Trains and broadband!

Branson currently sits on an estimated fortune of £3.6 billion, perhaps on his island?!


Source: By RedBalloon (RedBalloon)

Founder of RedBalloon – Naomi Simson

This Aussie dedicated a whole blog post on how her dad, appreciated her gratefulness towards him she said;

“My dad taught me the definition of motivation…that simple. He worked hard, laughed loud, and pursues his passions single-mindedly.

My dad taught me to dream big to play full out and that I could do anything if I put my heart to it.

“My dad always believed in me – even when I did not believe in myself.

“I have never thought that people took me seriously. It is as if my need to ‘prove’ myself has fuelled my relentless pursuit to create a best work place, for growth and for being “world-famous” for what we do. To show all those people that said to me “you can’t” – that in fact I can.”

Simson’s blog proves the impact a father can have on their child to follow their dreams – whether that is becoming successful nationally or successful in his eyes.

bill gates

Source: By DFID – UK Department for International Development (Bill Gates speaking at DFID)

Co-Founder of Microsoft – Bill Gates

Bill Gates, a very successful entrepreneur, co-founded the world’s largest PC software company back in 1975 but could he of managed it without the presence of his father, William H. Gates Sr.

“As I’ve said before, my dad is the man I aspire to be. I especially admire his sense of integrity. He is one of the wisest and most calm people I know. And he taught me a lot about how to think.

“Dad is a retired attorney, and I think I inherited his lawyer’s approach to analyzing problems. I spent a lot of Sunday dinners listening to Dad talk about work with my mom, who was very involved in the United Way in Seattle and at the national and international levels. They might discuss a case Dad was working on or an issue that Mom was dealing with through the United Way. Eventually I started joining in the conversations, and they were very influential years later when I got involved in philanthropy.”

And perhaps that is why Gates is the man he is today the leader of Microsoft the biggest computer software around!