Sir Richard Branson

2009 Environmental Media Awards - Arrivals

Branson in 2009, photo by

Birth Name: Richard Nicholas Branson

Place of Birth: Greenwich, London, England, U.K.

Date of Birth: 18 July, 1950

Ethnicity: English, small amounts of Scottish and Welsh, as well as 1/32 Tamil Indian, 1/64th German, distant Irish

Sir Richard Branson is a British business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder of Virgin Group. Richard is the son of Eve Branson (born Evette Huntley Flindt), a ballet dancer, air hostess, philanthropist, and child welfare advocate, and Edward James Branson, a barrister. Richard is married to Joan Templeman, with whom he has three children. His nephew (sister’s son), businessperson Ned Rocknroll, is married to actress Kate Winslet. His sister is entrepreneur Vanessa Branson.

Richard has English, Welsh, 1/32 Tamil Indian, 1/64th German, and distant Irish, ancestry. His great-great-great-great-grandfather, Gustav Flindt, was German. Some of his ancestors were born in Madras, India, living in Cuddalore.

Richard’s paternal great-great-grandmother, Eliza Cornelia Wilson Wellington Reddy, was born in India, to a man named Luke Reddy, and to a mother who was not listed on Eliza’s birth certificate. A DNA test whose results were displayed on the show Finding Your Roots with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. (2016) stated that Richard’s genetic ancestry is:

*95.9% European
*3.9% South Asian

Thus, it was speculated on the show that Eliza’s mother was Indian, leading to Richard’s DNA result, and him having 1/32 Indian ancestry.

Richard’s paternal grandfather was G. A. H. Branson (George Arthur Harwin Branson, the son of James Henry Arthur Branson and Mary Ann/Anne Brown). Richard’s grandfather G. A. H. was born in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, and was a barrister and later a judge of the High Court of Justice. Richard’s great-grandfather James was born in Madras, India, the son of Harry Wilkins Branson, a publisher, and of Eliza Cornelia Wilson Wellington Reddy. Richard’s great-grandmother Mary Ann was the daughter of Philip/Phillip Brown and Susanna Storer.

Richard’s paternal grandmother was Mona Joyce Bailey (the daughter of George James Bailey and Edith Emma Headley). Mona was born in Taynuilt, Argyllshire. George was the son of George Bishop and Jane. Edith was the daughter of Alexander Headley and Lucy Emma Waddelow.

Richard’s maternal grandfather was Rupert Ernest Huntley Flindt (the son of Sydney Henry Flindt and Louisa Maria Cornwall). Rupert was born in West Norwood, London, Middlesex. Sydney was the son of Henry Julius Flindt and Fanny Elizabeth Chaplin. Louisa was the daughter of The Rev. Richard Neville Cornwall, who was born in Dublin, Ireland, and of Maria Isabella Hamilton.

Richard’s maternal grandmother was Dorothy Constance Jenkins (the daughter of Charles James Jenkins and Mary Eve Hawkins/Howkins).

Sources: Genealogy of Richard Branson –

3 Responses

  1. suburbanwinemom2020 says:

    I suggest changing “Indian” to “Tamil.” :)

  2. michaelthompson says:

    I can really see the Indian heritage ;)

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