Joseph R. "Joe" Francis (born April 1, 1973) is an American entrepreneur, known as the founder of GGW Brands which produces the Girls Gone Wild and Guys Gone Wild DVD series.
Francis grew up in Laguna Beach, California. His parents are Raymond and Maria Francis and he has three sisters. He attended Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic School, Rumsey Hall boarding school, a military academy, Corona del Mar High School, and Laguna Beach High School. Following high school Francis attended and graduated with a degree in business administration from the University of Southern California.
Upon graduation Francis worked with his father's business, then for various media production companies, where he founded "Banned from TV" videos using clips not suitable for mainstream broadcast from the studios he worked at to market on a direct to consumer basis. "Banned from TV" made Francis a millionaire by 24. It was from "Banned from TV" that Francis developed the concept of college girls exposing their breasts and marketing these videos direct to consumers as well. Initially marketed as "College Girls Gone Wild", Girls Gone Wild was born from this concept.