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Visionaries: Introduction (02:15)


This segment orients viewers to the ancestral search for Richard Branson, Frank Gehry, and Maya Lin.

Richard Branson (03:08)

At the age of 20, Branson launched a mail order record business; Virgin progressed to an international brand. Branson's sense of adventure is rooted in his upbringing. He attended boarding school, learned he was dyslexic, and began "Student" magazine (Credits)

Frank Gehry (03:19)

Gehry has created iconic buildings. Born Frank Goldberg, Gehry was raised in the mining town of Timmins, Ontario. He attended school in Los Angeles, discovered his love of architecture, and changed his name.

Maya Lin (04:26)

At the age of 21, Lin designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D.C.; critics attacked her design through her youth, gender, and ethnicity. She grew up in Ohio and attended funerary architecture at Yale University.

Branson Family Tree (06:19)

Edward James Branson was born in Surrey, England; his father George was knighted by King George V. Henry Louis Gates Jr. traces Branson's family back to India. DNA tests reveal that Branson has an ancestor that was Indian.

Gehry Family Tree (04:10)

Irving Goldberg did not encourage Gehry's artistic interests. Gehry's grandparents lived in the Pale of Settlement and immigrated to Canada after Russia implemented the May Laws. Gehry's roots trace back to the Levites.

Lin Family Tree (05:58)

Huan "Henry" Lin was born in Peking to a prominent Nationalist family; his half-sister Lin Huiyin was a celebrated designer. Lin Changmin was a revolutionary; his father Lin Xiaoxun was an elite member of the Imperial Court.

Branson's Maternal Family Line (03:21)

Evette Huntley Flindt was Branson's biggest source of inspiration. Henry and Fanny Flindt immigrated to Australia and died of dysentery, orphaning their four children. Gates reveals how Sidney Flindt made his way back to England.

Gehry's Maternal Family Line (08:26)

Leah "Lilly" Friedman and Samuel Kaplan were significant influences for Gehry. They lived in Lodz before immigrating to Canada. Nazis cordoned the Jewish population of Lodz into a ghetto. Morris Friedman became a Jewish police officer and then was sent to Auschwitz, Buchenwald, and Theresienstadt; his wife died at Auschwitz.

Lin's Maternal Family Line (07:15)

Lin's mother Julia Chang watched her mother commit suicide; Chang fled China in 1949. Lin's great-grandmother Ye Deyi (Yip) became a gynecologist; the Lin name dates back to 1092 B.C. Gates presents Lin, Gehry, and Branson with their family trees.

DNA Answers (03:30)

DNA analysis reveals Branson's European and Indian ancestry; Gehry's DNA is 98% Jewish. Lin's maternal haplogroup is uncommon in China's Han. The guests reflect on their ancestors and their influences.

Credits: Visionaries: Richard Branson, Frank Gehry, Maya Lin—Finding Your Roots, Season 3 (00:31)

Credits: Visionaries: Richard Branson, Frank Gehry, Maya Lin—Finding Your Roots, Season 3

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Discover how the ancestors of business mogul Richard Branson and architects Maya Lin and Frank Gehry took audacious risks to create opportunities, and how their luck, ingenuity and chutzpah was passed on to these three visionaries.

Length: 53 minutes

Item#: BVL129883

Copyright date: ©2016

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