Eve Branson, Richard Branson’s mother, died at the age of 96 this Monday from covid. This has been announced by the English billionaire. “I’m sorry to share that sadly, like many mothers and fathers in these covid days, my mother Eve has also passed away,” wrote the 70-year-old Virgin businessman. Along with the news, Branson shared a photo hugging his mother with the caption: “When I was little, she was always working on a project; she was inventive, brave, ruthless. A businesswoman before the word existed ”. Branson, one of the best-known entrepreneurs in the world, founded Virgin Records, a chain of record stores, in 1972, when he was just 22 years old. It was his mother who gave him the first 100 pounds (112 euros) to be able to start the company. “She will always be my mothership,” he proclaimed.
Eve Branson was walking near her home in Shamley Green, near Guildford, when she saw a necklace on the ground. He picked it up and took it to the police station. “After three months no one had claimed it, so the police told him he could keep it,” recalls his son Richard. “He came to London, sold the necklace and gave me the money. Without him Virgin could never have started ”.
Her granddaughter Holly called her “the queen of tough love” for her determination that moved her entire family, which she encouraged to live her own adventures no matter how tough and difficult they were. She was a dancer, pilot, flight attendant and businesswoman, but above all a philanthropist. His most important legacy is the Eve Branson Foundation, which supports the lives of women and girls in the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. An idea that was born when in 1998 he accompanied his son in his attempt to navigate the world in a hot air balloon. She fell in love with the country and convinced Richard to buy Kasbah Tamadot, 45 miles south of Marrakech. In his memoirs he said: “He said: ‘Okay, but with one condition: you will have to take care of all the villages that surround it,” he recalled. “And I said, ‘Okay, I’ll do it.” Her foundation, which encourages women to support themselves and their communities, was later the subject of the short documentary by Georgie Weedon, Eve’s Girls.
He was on his son’s island on vacation on the Caribbean island of Necker when his house caught fire. His image then went around the world as it was rescued by none other than actress Kate Winslet who was among the guests.
Evette Huntley Flindt was born in Edmonton, north London, in 1924, the daughter of Major Rupert Huntley Flindt, a stockbroker, and his wife, Dorothy, an expert golfer who at 96 played a hole-in-one at Barton-on. -Sea Golf Club. At age 11, her parents put her on a train to London alone and sent her to Heatherton House in Berkhamsted, a school for promising young dancers. Six years later, she successfully auditioned to be a West End dancer.
Her first love was John Raper, a fighter pilot with whom she enjoyed dancing. One day he went on a night flight to Germany and was never heard from again. “I’m sure he was killed in action,” she wrote. Her next boyfriend, Michael Hargraves, “the man I thought I’d marry,” was killed in another act of duty.
He disguised himself as a boy and enrolled in the Air Training Corps in hopes of becoming a pilot. “I think my name was John or something stupid like that,” he recalled. She managed to make a few flights before being discovered during a routine medical examination. Undeterred, she joined the Women’s Royal Naval Service, learned Morse code, and was dispatched to the Isle of Wight. With the war over, he spent two months with Ballet Rambert. At a London party in 1948, he offered a plate of sausages to Edward Branson, a “tall, blond, handsome” former cavalry officer who had been the Cambridge swimming champion in 1939. He proposed to her. They were together until his death in 2011. He is survived by his three children: Richard, the businessman; Lindy, an artist; and Vanessa, who founded a gallery on Portobello Road. All of them have inherited their adventurous spirit from their mother.