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. Sales grew 31% to £10.5bn last year, partly due to expansion of its Coca-Cola bottling operations in China and America. Barnaby Swire, 54, has been chairman of the family-owned business since 2014; his cousin, Merlin Swire, 44, became chairman of Hong Kong-based Swire Pacific and Swire Properties on 1 July.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank3
CompanySwire
ActivityConglomerate
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*10,454
Profit £m*1,688
Year endDec 17
Principal shareholdersSwire family (67%), others (33%)
Staff94,235
Founded1816
Websitewww.swire.com

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