Founded in 2004, Cognita now comprises 66 private schools in Britain, Spain, South America and southeast Asia. Private-equity firm KKR bought a substantial stake from the company’s other backer, Bregal Capital, in 2013. Recent investments include schools in Brazil and a share in nine schools in Chile. It also invested more than £58m in its existing school portfolio last year. Rees Withers, 62, is chief executive.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank95
CompanyCognita
ActivitySchools operator
LocationMilton Keynes
Sales £m264.7
Operating profit £m10.6
Main shareholdersBregal Capital, KKR, management
Staff5,181
Founded2004
Websitewww.cognitaschools.com

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