Madiba tribute: Richard Branson

By Kirstin Buick
06 December 2013

Richard Branson pays tribute to Nelson Mandela.


Mandela devotes himself to extracting money from people for his various causes. Once in London he brought along [his wife] Graça [Machel] and his children to lunch and I was expecting the worst. We got through the first course. We got through the second. We got through dessert. We were onto coffee and I began to think I’d got away with it. Then Madiba turns to me and says, “I had lunch with [Microsoft founder] Bill Gates last week and he gave me $50 million [now R500 million].” It was a very expensive lunch!

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