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Dyslexic celebrities

Dyslexic celebritiesFind out which multi-millionaires overcame their learning difficulties to forge successful careers.

Richard Branson

Multi-billionaire Richard Branson is a good example of someone who refused to see dyslexia as something that would get in the way of his drive and ambition to succeed.
The entrepreneur and keen sportsman is best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies and is now worth an estimated £2.6 billion.
Despite his success today, the young Branson struggled with his learning difficulties. Frustrated with school, he left at an early age to start two businesses selling Christmas trees and raising budgerigars.

Eventually, he branched out into record sales opening a successful chain of music stores that formed the start of the Virgin brand.

Rather than seeing dyslexia as a problem Branson believes it helped him deal with other people.
He said: “Being dyslexic can actually help in the outside world. I see some things clearer than other people do because I have to simplify things to help me and that has helped others.”

Jamie Oliver

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was responsible for making cooking cool for a new generation of television viewers.

Things have not always been easy for the Essex-born chef, who suffered from dyslexia as a youngster. Despite this, Oliver did not let his learning difficulties get in the way of his achievements.

Today, Oliver is a successful TV chef with a merchandising empire, countless restaurants and a mentoring scheme for youngsters in his restaurant chain 15.

Tommy Hilfiger

Growing up in New York during the '50s and '60s, Hilfiger struggled with school because of his dyslexia.

Though reading proved difficult for him, he developed a keen eye for clothing design. Hilfiger's sharp fashion sense and entrepreneurial drive helped him to launch his own label in 1982.

Since then, his business has branched out to include children's clothing, shoes, home furnishings, and personal fragrances, and continues to attract a celebrity clientele.

Joss Stone

English soul and R&B

Find out which multi-millionaires overcame their learning difficulties to forge successful careers.

Richard Branson

Multi-billionaire Richard Branson is a good example of someone who refused to see dyslexia as something that would get in the way of his drive and ambition to succeed.
The entrepreneur and keen sportsman is best known for his Virgin brand of over 360 companies and is now worth an estimated £2.6 billion.
Despite his success today, the young Branson struggled with his learning difficulties. Frustrated with school, he left at an early age to start two businesses selling Christmas trees and raising budgerigars.

Eventually, he branched out into record sales opening a successful chain of music stores that formed the start of the Virgin brand.

Rather than seeing dyslexia as a problem Branson believes it helped him deal with other people.
He said: “Being dyslexic can actually help in the outside world. I see some things clearer than other people do because I have to simplify things to help me and that has helped others.”

Jamie Oliver

Celebrity chef Jamie Oliver was responsible for making cooking cool for a new generation of television viewers.

Things have not always been easy for the Essex-born chef, who suffered from dyslexia as a youngster. Despite this, Oliver did not let his learning difficulties get in the way of his achievements.

Today, Oliver is a successful TV chef with a merchandising empire, countless restaurants and a mentoring scheme for youngsters in his restaurant chain 15.

Tommy Hilfiger

Growing up in New York during the '50s and '60s, Hilfiger struggled with school because of his dyslexia.

Though reading proved difficult for him, he developed a keen eye for clothing design. Hilfiger's sharp fashion sense and entrepreneurial drive helped him to launch his own label in 1982.

Since then, his business has branched out to include children's clothing, shoes, home furnishings, and personal fragrances, and continues to attract a celebrity clientele.

Joss Stone

English soul and R&B diva Joss Stone received her big break in 2003. She has now sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and won two Brit awards and a Grammy.
Suffering with dyslexia, she found school a challenge: “It wasn’t that I was stupid. I’m just a little bit dyslexic, and I wasn't very academic. I'm more artistic.”
Stone’s life turned a corner when she flew to New York for an audition with S-Curve records in 2002. Since then she has appeared onstage with artists including James Brown, Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams and Blondie. She is also a successful actress, making appearances in fantasy adventure Eragon and television series The Tudors.

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diva Joss Stone received her big break in 2003. She has now sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and won two Brit awards and a Grammy.
Suffering with dyslexia, she found school a challenge: “It wasn’t that I was stupid. I’m just a little bit dyslexic, and I wasn't very academic. I'm more artistic.”
Stone’s life turned a corner when she flew to New York for an audition with S-Curve records in 2002. Since then she has appeared onstage with artists including James Brown, Rod Stewart, Robbie Williams and Blondie. She is also a successful actress, making appearances in fantasy adventure Eragon and television series The Tudors.

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