Founded in 2004, this company operates some 70 private schools for 40,000 students across Asia, Europe and Latin America. Under chief executive Chris Jansen, 48, Cognita opened its first school in Hong Kong last year, and in March, acquired its 11th school in Chile. In September, owners Bregal Investments and KKR agreed to sell the group to Zurich-based investment firm Jacobs Holding in a deal that valued it at £2bn.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank46
CompanyCognita
ActivitySchools operator
LocationMilton Keynes
Sales £m385.2
Operating profit £m40.7
Main shareholdersJacobs Holding (100%)
Staff6,475
Founded2004
Websitewww.cognitaschools.com

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