Old boy Branson’s new role at Stowe

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Famous former Stowe School pupil Sir Richard Branson has become president of the Old Stoic Society, the school’s association for old boys and girls.

A school spokesman said: “Stowe is known for encouraging entrepreneurial spirit among its pupils. Since its foundation in 1923 the school has produced some of Britain’s best-known innovators in business.”

Sir Richard, who started his first business as a pupil at Stowe, said: “Stowe is extremely good at recognising that each and every one of us is different and it brings out the very best of us. It did so for me, and so it is a real honour to become the Old Stoic president.”