Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group and CVC Capital Partners reached agreement to sell an 80% stake in this health club operator to investment group Brait in April, in a deal valuing it at £1.3bn. The company has more than 1.3m members across 267 clubs in nine countries. Under group chief executive Paul Woolf, 50, it has been expanding in Africa and Asia.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank93
CompanyVirgin Active
ActivityHealth club operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m653
Profit £m125
Year endDec 13
Principal shareholdersCVC Capital Partners (45%), Virgin Group (43%), management (12%)
Staff13,976
Founded1999
Websitewww.virginactive.co.uk

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