Moneybookers has created technology that enables anyone with an e-mail address to send and receive payments securely online. The London firm claims that more than 8m people use its service and that 45,000 internet merchants, including eBay and Thomas Cook offer it as a payment option. The private-equity house Investcorp backed a €105m buyout in 2007 for a 51% stake in a move that was led by joint chief executives Martin Ott and Nikolai Riesenkampff. Sales have grown 152% a year from £1.7m in 2005 to £27.4m in 2008. The company had a profit margin of 54%, the highest in the table.
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