Richard Branson

  • Aired:  12/01/11
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Sir Richard Branson believes that business leaders have a responsibility to try to solve some of the world's biggest problems. (6:33)

>> Stephen: WELCOME BACK,

EVERYBODY, THANK YOU SO

MUCH.

MY GUEST TONIGHT IS A

BRITISH ENTREPRENEUR AND

BILLIONAIRE, YEAH, BUT

THAT'S IN METRIC.

PLEASE WELCOME SIR RICHARD

BRANSON.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

SIR RICHARD, GOOD TO SEE YOU

AGAIN.

HOW ARE YOU.

>> I'M VERY WELL.

>> Stephen: NOW, I-- I-- ARE

YOU EXPECTING A FIRE?

SIR RICHARD, WHY WOULD YOU

HAVE A FIRE EXTINGUISHER.

>> I THOUGHT IF THE

INTERVIEW IS A GOOD INTERVOW

AND THE AUDIENCE THINK IT

WAS A GOOD INTERVIEW, THUMBS

UP AND I WALK OFF.

AND IF IT THEY FEEL IT IS A

BAD INTERVIEW, THUMBS DOWN.

WE WILL DECIDE AT THE END,

ANYWAY.

>> Stephen: WAIT A SECOND SO,

THUMBS DOWN, DOW WHAT, YOU

SET ME ON FIRE AND THEN PUT

IT OUT?

>> WELL, RECEIPTS'S COME TO

THAT DEPENDING-- .

>> Stephen: OKAY.

YOUR NEW BOOK IS YOU WILL

CAD SCREW BUSINESS AS USUAL,

ALL RIGHT.

YOUR PREVIOUS BOOKS HAVE

BEEN CALLED LOSING MY

VIRGINITY, BUSINESS STRIPPED

BAYER, SCREW IT LET'S DO IT

WHEN ARE YOU JUST GOING TO

NAME A BOOK DOUBLE ENTENDRE

FOR [BLEEP].

CUT TO THE CHASE

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> IF YOU HAVEN'T PATENTED

THAT, I THINK I MIGHT USE IT

FOR MY NEXT BOOK.

>> Stephen: WHY WOULD YOU

WANT TO SCREW BUSINESS AS

USUAL.

YOU ARE A BUSINESSMAN.

WHY SHAKE UP THE GAME THAT

YOU ARE ALREADY WINNING?

>> BUSINESS CAN BE A FORCE

FOR GOOD, BASICALLY.

>> Stephen: A FORCE FOR GOOD,

IT'S A FORCE FOR PROFIT, A

FORCE FOR PROFIT, PROFIT IS

IN AND OF ITSELF IS A GOOD

THING.

JUST MAKING A PROFIT SAY

GOOD THING.

>> MAKING A PROFIT SAY GOOD

THING.

EMPLOYING PEOPLE SAY GOOD

THING.

MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN

PEOPLE'S LIVES BY YOU KNOW,

CREATING BETTER AIRLINES OR

CREATING GREAT SPACESHIP --

IS A GOOD THING.

BUT I BELIEVE THAT IF EVERY

SINGLE BUSINESSPERSON COULD

ALSO TRY TO SORT OUT SOME OF

THE PROBLEMS OF THE WORLD,

WE WOULD GET ON TOP OF A LOT

OF THESE PROBLEMS.

BECAUSE BUSINESS LEADERS ARE

ENTREPRENEURIAL AND THEY

KNOW HOW TO SEE PROBLEMS.

WHAT ARE SOME OF THE GOOD

THINGS THINGS SHOULD BE

TACKLES THAT AREN'T GOING TO

BE SOLVED ANY OTHER WAY.

>> LOTS OF DIFFERENT THINGS.

GLOBAL WARMING WHICH

HAS-- YOU DON'T BELIEVE

EXISTS-- WHICH I SUSPECT YOU

DON'T BELIEVE EXISTS.

>> Stephen: YOUR SUSPICIONS

ARE CORRECT.

>> ARE YOU QUITE THE

DIRECTIVE.

>> IF YOU, I THINK THE

BUSINESS COMMUNITY SINCE

POLITICIANS ARE NOT SORTING

OUT THE PROBLEM, I THINK THE

BUSINESS COMMUNITY CAN BY

TRYING TO GET THE 25

GIGATONS OF CARBON OUT OF

THE ATMOSPHERE.

>> Stephen: HAVEN'T THE

MARKET SPOKEN, THAT GIGATONS

OF CARBON IS UP THERE

BECAUSE OF BUSINESS, WE BUY

CARS, OIL, COAL.

WE BURN THEM, ITS CARBON

GOES UP, MONEY MADE THAT

HAPPEN.

THE FREE MARKET SAYS THAT

GLOBAL WARMING IS NOT BAD,

IT SAYS IT'S GOOD.

>> YEAH, BUT IF IT'S GOING

TO FRY OUR GRANDCHILDREN

IT'S NOT PARTICULARLY GOOD.

>> Stephen: MAYBE OUR

GRANDCHILDREN AREN'T THAT

NICE.

LET ME GIVE YOU AN EXAMPLE.

I MEAN AT VIRGIN ALL THE

PROFITS WE MAKE FROM OUR

AIRLINE BUSINESSES WE HAVE

INVESTED IN CLEAN FUELS.

SO AND I THINK BY, WITHIN

THE NEXT FEW YEARS, WE WILL

BE FLYING ALL OTHER PLANES

ON FUELS THAT ARE NOT

DAMAGING THE ENVIRONMENT.

>> Stephen: ARE YOU GOING TO

PUT CLEAN FUELS, BIOFUELS?

IN AIRPLANES?

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> THERE ARE DIFFERENT

COMPANY DOESING DIFFERENT

THINGS.

>> Stephen: WHAT ABOUT MY

PLANE, AIR COLBERT.

>> YOUR PLANE WILL RUN ON

DIRTY FUEL BUT ALL THE OTHER

PLANES.

>> Stephen: MY LADY LIKES IT

DIRTY.

SIR, SIR, YOU ARE STILL SIR,

RIGHT?

>> MAYBE UNTIL THE END OF

THE SHOW.

>> Stephen: OKAY.

ARE YOU PART OF THE 1% OF

THE 1%.

WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE

OCCUPY WALL STREET CLOWNS

DOWN THERE?

>> I THINK THEY HAVE A VALID

POINT WHICH IS ANOTHER

REASON WHY I THINK BUSINESS

NEEDS TO GET ITS ACT

TOGETHER AND SHOULD GET ITS

ACT TOGETHER.

AND GET OUT THERE AND DO

SOMETHING POSITIVE.

YOU KNOW, SO WE SET UP AN

ORGANIZATION CALLED THE

ELDERS WHICH TRY TO RESOLVE

CONFLICTS IN THE WORLD.

>> THE ELDERS.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: THAT SOUNDS LIKE

THE LEADERS OF A CULT.

YOU WOULD BE A GREAT CULT

LEADER, BY THE WAY, THAT

HAIR AND WHATEVER THIS IS,

YOU ABSOLUTELY, PEOPLE WOULD

DEFINITELY, I COULD SEE YOU

WITH CHILD BRIDES.

A COMPOUND IN IDAHO OR

SOMETHING LIKE THAT.

>> VIRGIN CHILD BRIDES.

>> Stephen: GOD, I HOPE SO

GOD I HOPE SO, SIR.

YOU SAID CAPITAL CIVIL THE

ONLY SYSTEM THAT WORKS BUT

IT ALSO CREATES EXTREME

WEALTH FOR JUST A FEW

INDIVIDUALS.

SO WHEN ARE YOU GIVING YOUR

EXTREME WEALTH AWAY.

BECAUSE I WILL TAKE A

HUNDRED MILLION RIGHT NOW F

YOU BROUGHT YOUR CHECKBOOK.

>> NO I THINK THAT WHAT

CAPITALISM IS THE ONLY

SYSTEM THAT WORKS.

IT DOES BRING EXTREME WEALTH

AND THEREFORE IT BRINGS

EXTREME RESPONSIBILITY.

THERE ARE NUMEROUS PROBLEMS

IN THE WORLD AS YOU KNOW AND

I THINK WITH ENOUGH

DETERMINATION WE CAN GET ON

TOP OF THESE PROBLEMS AND WE

SHOULDN'T LEAVE IT TO THE

POLITICIANS.

>> BUT WHY DOW WANT TO SAVE

THE WORLD.

YOU HAVE A SPACESHIP, YOU

CAN LEAVE ANY TIME YOU WANT.

>> THAT'S A GOOD POINT.

I HADN'T THOUGHT ABOUT THAT.

>> Stephen: THE NEXT BOOK

SHOULD BE THROUGH-- SCREW

THE WORLD I'M OUT OF HERE.

THANK YOU SO MUCH, SIR

RICHARD.

>> I THOUGHT HE WAS QUITE

NICE BUT --

>> STEVE BE, STEPHEN,

STEPHEN!

STEPHEN, STEPHEN, STEPHEN!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)