Well isn't this an interesting turn of events! Richard Branson, the eccentric English businessman, entrepreneur and founder of Virgin Group, is laying claim that Reuben S. Branson, the founder of our local community, is a member of Richard Branson's family tree.
Back in 1882, Reuben S. Branson opened a post office and general store in Southwest Missouri. Upon submitting paper work to the U.S. Post Office, Reuben listed the community name as "Branson" and that's been the name of our town ever since.
Richard Branson is now publicly stating he's traced his family lineage back to Branson, Missouri and that Reuben S. Branson is his great-great-uncle. A recent post on Richard Branson's website states he's excited to see what opportunities there are for Virgin Group in Branson, Missouri and with that, Richard wants to "paint the town red". According to Forbes Magazine, Richard Branson is the 7th richest citizen of the United Kingdom.
Hey Richard. Do you know Johnny Morris? If not; you two should meet.
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