The London-based Swire operates across the Asia-Pacific region and has interests in many sectors, including shipping, property, agriculture, cold storage and airlines — including a minority stake in Cathay Pacific. In addition it runs two Coca-Cola bottling plants in America and agreed to buy an additional plant in China last November for $852m (£660m). Barnaby Swire, 53, has been chairman of the family-owned business since 2014; his cousin Merlin Swire, 43, is deputy chairman and chief executive.

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Company details
Year2017
Rank4
CompanySwire
ActivityConglomerate
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*7,961
Profit £m*1,583
Year endDec 16
Principal shareholdersSwire family (67%), others (33%)
Staff80,820
Founded1816
Websitewww.swire.com

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