Markit is a global financial-information services firm that provides independent data, valuations and trade-processing services for the over-the-counter markets across asset classes, including credit, equities, interest rates, foreign exchange, commodities and environmental markets. It is privately owned by staff, individual investors and institutions, including private-equity firm General Atlantic, which bought a 7.5% stake in January 2010 for a reported £155m. Sales grew 70% a year, from £88.3m in 2007 to £432.5m in 2010, with the largest profits on the league table and healthy margins.
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