In 2004, former government chief inspector of schools Sir Chris Woodhead founded Cognita, which now comprises 65 private schools in Britain, Spain, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Chile and Brazil. Last year, Bregal Capital sold part of its stake to private-equity firm KKR – the investment will be used to fund expansion in Asia and Latin America. Overseas sales reached £112.6m last year under chief executive Rees Withers, 61.
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