Chief executive David Howden, 54, formed this London insurance broking and underwriting group in 1994 when he led a buyout from Lloyd’s broker SBJ. It now has offices across 38 countries and employs more than 4,000 people. Acquisitions in Oman and Singapore, and the launch of a subsidiary in Abu Dhabi in 2017 helped boost sales by 25% to £541.7m. Last December, Canadian pension fund CDPQ agreed to acquire a minority stake in the business, investing £311m to finance further acquisitions.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank21
CompanyHyperion Insurance Group
ActivityInsurance broker and underwriter
LocationCentral London
Sales £m541.7
Operating profit £m99.8
Main shareholdersManagement and staff (>50%), General Atlantic and CDPQ (<50%)
Staff3,794
Founded1994
Websitewww.hyperiongrp.com

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