Swire has interests that span many sectors, including shipping, airlines, property, agriculture and cold storage — and a minority stake in the airline Cathay Pacific. The business was founded in 1816 and is based in London but operates across the Asia-Pacific region. In addition to its other interests it also runs two Coca-Cola bottling plants in America. Barnaby Swire, 51, became chairman of the family-owned business late last year, while his cousin Merlin Swire, 41, became deputy chairman and chief executive.

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Company details
Year2015
Rank4
CompanySwire
ActivityConglomerate
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*6,927
Profit £m*1,471
Year endDec 14
Principal shareholdersSwire family (67%), others (33%)
Staff88,179
Founded1816
Websitewww.swire.com

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