Today Microsoft announced Sir Richard Branson, the founder and president of Virgin Group, as keynote speaker at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference (WPC), July 13 in Los Angeles.

The Microsoft Worldwide Partner Conference 2011 is honored to announce that Sir Richard Branson, founder and president of Virgin Group, will address an estimated 15,000 attendees at Microsoft’s Worldwide Partner Conference, July 13 at Staples Center, Los Angeles.

One of the world's most recognized and respected brands, Virgin has expanded into air and rail travel, hospitality and leisure, telecommunications, health and wellness, and clean energy through more than 300 companies in 30 countries. A leader in product innovation and customer service, he was knighted in 1999 for his “services to entrepreneurship.”

Sir Richard has been involved in a number of world record-breaking attempts since 1985.  In 1986 his boat, "Virgin Atlantic Challenger II," crossed the Atlantic Ocean in the fastest ever recorded time. This was followed a year later by a hot air balloon crossing of the same ocean in "Virgin Atlantic Flyer." In 2004, Richard launched Virgin Unite to tackle tough challenges facing the world. In 2007, he joined Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel, and Desmond Tutu to form The Elders, a group of independent leaders that seeks sustainable solutions to global humanitarian issues. and this year he launched the Carbon War Room to mobilize capital, innovation, expertise and entrepreneurs to advance climate change efforts.

Richard is the author of several books including Losing My Virginity: How I've Survived, Had Fun and Made a Fortune Doing Business My Way, (Business Stripped Bare: Adventures of a Global Entrepreneur, and Reach for the Skies: Ballooning, Birdmen, and Blasting into Space.