Owned and run by the Lewis family, this fashion chain began life in 1948 when Bernard Lewis, 93, started selling knitting wool from a shop in east London. Today, the business is led by Ben Lewis, 52, and has grown to 350 stores worldwide while shipping products to 100 countries. Last month, the retailer appointed Will Kernan as its new chief executive, to start in September.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank69
CompanyRiver Island
ActivityFashion retailer
LocationWest London
Sales £m945
Profit £m113
Year endDec 17
Principal shareholdersBernard Lewis and family (100%)
Staff10,994
Founded1963
Websitewww.riverisland.co.uk

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