Virgin founder Richard Branson apologised for his post on Twitter that he admitted “clearly lacked diversity”, as he launched an entrepreneurship development centre in South Africa. The billionaire tweeted a picture of himself and eight others white people, captioned: “We aim to become the heart of entrepreneurship in Southern Africa.”
His tweet sparked outrage. https://twitter.com/claudethewriter/status/1194488685686935552?s=20“I wish there were more BLACK entrepreneurs in this picture,” @NomsBomba said.After the flurry of angry and sarcastic tweets targeting the mogul,Branson deleted the tweet and apologised. https://twitter.com/richardbranson/status/1194209486845685760?s=20“The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship is for all South Africans, but yesterday’s choice of a photo to go with my tweet clearly lacked diversity. Apologies,” he said.The centre serves as a business development hub aimed at supporting entrepreneurs. Main picture screen shot/Instagram /richardbranson.
Richard Branson apologizes after tweeting photo full of white people to announce a South African project https://t.co/MgI5XBPt0T— Marsha Warfield (@MarshaWarfield) November 13, 2019