Joan Templeman is the wife of a well-known Britsih business magnate Richard Branson. Branson is popular in the United Kingdom for founding the Virgin Groups of Companies which comprises of the popular Virgin Atlantic airlines.
He has been married twice in his lifetime; his first marriage was in 1972 to Kristen Tomassi, the marriage lasted till 1979. Ten years later, he married his second wife, Joan Templeman; an ordinary lady he met far back in 1976. Here is the story of how they met, and how their love story emerged and has stood the test of time.
Joan Templeman was born in Glasgow Scotland sometime in 1948 (her ate and month of birth are not known). She is one of the seven children born to her father who worked as a ship carpenter. Although her family didn’t lack much because her father was wealthy, she expressed independence at an early age, engaging in numerous jobs to take care of most of her financial needs; these jobs included working as a nude model.
Before settling down as the wife of the business mogul, Joan Templeman was initially married to Ronnie Leahy – a member of a band which performed under the name of ‘Nazareth’. Their marriage ended in divorce in 1966, that was after being married for 12 years.
How Did Joan Templeman And Richard Branson Meet?
Their meeting was a stroke of fate, it happened at a time both parties were in a marital mess. The couple met for the first time in Virgin Records Studio. Joan who was on duty in the studio was busy making tea when Richard sighted her and fell hopelessly in love with her. Joan Templeman was not at all intrigued by the many gestures that the multi-millionaire showed her as proof of his love for her.
In his autobiography “Losing My Virginity,”, Branson stated that he had worked so hard to gain Joan’s attention and eventually he wooed her into accepting his love advances and proposal. After a long time, she finally noticed him and accepted him. Joan later confessed that it was actually the humble and pleasant personality of Richard that drew her toward him. In 1978, he left her husband to be with Richard.
After divorcing Ronnie, Joan Templeman and Richard Branson relocated to a neighborhood in London. There she gave birth to their first child. However, the child died a few days later. They named her Clare Sarah Branson. The incident wasn’t so easy for them to bear. Although, it made her relationship with Richard to grow stronger.
Three years later, Joan became pregnant for Richard and bore him his 2nd daughter who was called Holly. After another 3 years, Sam, their first and only son came into the family picture.
Joan and Richard eventually got married on December 20, 1989, on Necker Island, this was after 12 years of being together. They have remained married to date; over four decades. According to Richard, in their over 40 years together, Joan Templeman is and has remained the secret behind his success as both a family man and a businessman.
He added that she has been very understanding and has never given importance to the kind of image he carries off in public and has never been affected by his flirtatious nature which she simply dismisses as ‘typical
The septuagenarian like her husband is a very private person. She enjoys the company of her family and reading. Joan Templeman is a proud grandmother with three adorable grandchildren (Eva-Deia, Etta and Artie). She enjoys spending ample time with them during the holidays.
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Joan Templeman’s net worth is only a reflection of her husband’s accrued wealth. The business investor is worth $5.1 billion, making him the 6th wealthiest man in the United Kingdom. In 2007, the business mogul appeared in Time magazine’s list of the 100 Most Influential People in The World.
In 2017 their Necker Island resort was hit by Hurricane Irma and left uninhabitable.
It was the second time the Necker Island resort has been severely damaged.
Again in 2011, it was struck by lightning caused by Hurricane Irene and caught fire.