- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 27, 2014

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (AP) - British billionaire Richard Branson is to speak at the annual dinner of the Economic Club of Grand Rapids.

Branson is founder of the Virgin Group, one of the world’s most recognized brands.

He’s to speak before Economic Club members Tuesday at DeVos Place.

The Grand Rapids Press reports the club also is to present its annual Business Person of the Year and Slykhouse Lifetime Achievement awards at the dinner.

Members are permitted to order up to four tickets each to the event.

WZZM-TV says former keynote speakers include former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, U2 lead singer Bono and British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher and Tony Blair.

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