The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best

The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best is a reality show for Fox Broadcasting Company's fall 2004 season.

The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best
GenreReality television
Written by
  • Tod Dahlke
  • Laura Fuest
  • Lori Levin-Hyams
Directed by
  • Leslie Garvin
  • Sean Travis
Opening theme"Live and Let Die" by Butch Walker[1]
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producers
  • Tess Gamboa
  • Denise Alvarado
  • Darren Roth
  • Dave Neglia
  • Jeff Schmidt
  • Bechara 'Bicha' Gholam
  • Danny Kon
  • Farzin Toussi
  • Mark Jungjohann
  • Marc McCrudden
  • Chris Collins
  • James Gavin Bedford
  • Larry Druker
  • Todd R. Lewis
  • Matt McCartie
  • Jeff Savenick
  • Joe Shugart
Production companyBunim/Murray Productions
Original release
ReleaseNovember 9, 2004 (2004-11-09) –
January 11, 2005 (2005-01-11)

Premise edit

The premise for the series was that billionaire Richard Branson, founder of the Virgin Group, challenges 16 contestants to tasks that will prove to him which is most qualified to take over as president of Virgin. This format is strongly derivative of popular NBC reality show The Apprentice, though as well as business-related tasks it also incorporated many tough physical challenges, reflecting Branson's love of daredevil stunts. Each week also saw the contestants travel to a different country, whereas The Apprentice is just situated in one area. Shawn Nelson was the winner.

Presentation edit

The one-hour show premiered on November 9, 2004 on the Fox network, and aired 12 episodes through January 2005.[2] Although the show had over 5.5 million viewers, it was considered a ratings disappointment for American television prime-time programming.[3] The show found ratings success internationally though, airing in 19 countries around the world, ranking as the #1 show in many countries where Richard Branson does business.[4] The Rebel Billionaire also reran on the Fox Reality Channel.

Contestants edit

(as they appeared on the show & in order of elimination)[5]

Contestant Occupation
Shawn Nelson (Winner) Founder of LoveSac Corporation
Sara Blakely Founder of Spanx, Inc.
Heather Maclean Founder of Little Laureate Inc.
Gabriel Baldinucci Real Estate Investor
Erica Vilardi Model
Nicole Harvat Labor Attorney
Candida Tolentino Founder of Earth Cafe Living Foods
Steve Berke Real Estate Manager/Tennis Pro
Jessica McCann Former Owner of Sales Company
Michael Zindell Wall Street Strategist
Jermaine Jamison Technology Sales Specialist/Motivational Speaker
Sam Heshmati Financial Analyst
Jennifer Grinspan Radio Station Advertising Manager
Tim Hudson Trial Attorney
Aisha Krump Pharmaceutical sales representative
Spencer Car Salesman

Broadcasting edit

Country Broadcaster
  Australia Channel Seven
  Belgium Plug TV
  Brazil FX
  Canada Global TV
  China International Channel Shanghai
  Egypt OTV
  Estonia TV3
  Hong Kong TVB Pearl
  Kenya KTN
  Latvia TV3
  Lithuania TV3
  Malaysia 8TV
  New Zealand TV3
  Philippines Studio 23
  South Africa MNET Series
  Sweden TV8 (Broadcast during the end of 2007 and again from March 2009)
  Turkey FX
  United Kingdom ITV2
  United States Fox
  Venezuela FX

References edit

  1. ^ "The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best". Yahoo TV. Yahoo!. Retrieved 2009-06-25.
  2. ^ "Rebel Billionaire". Internet Movie Database.
  3. ^ "The Rebel Billionaire Struggles in Debut". Reality TV World. November 16, 2004.
  4. ^ "The Rebel Billionaire dominates its timeslot". Seven, Australia media company.
  5. ^ "Fox Reveals Identities of Rebel Billionaire Contestants" (Press release). Fox. November 3, 2004.

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