Skyscanner’s growing popularity around the world has seen the referral fees it earns from overseas airline ticket sales swell to £46.4m in 2013. Its flight search engine is available in 40 countries and 30 different languages, and last year, co-founder and chief executive Gareth Williams, 45, opened an office in Miami, adding to those in Beijing, Singapore and Barcelona. Venture investor Sequoia Capital took an undisclosed stake in the business in October, reportedly valuing the Edinburgh firm at £500m.
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