South African private equity firm Brait acquired an 80% stake in this health club operator in 2015 from CVC Capital Partners, with Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group cutting its stake to 20% in a deal that valued Virgin Active at £1.3bn. It now has 233 clubs in eight countries across four continents and more than 1.1m members. The London-based firm is led by founder and group chief executive Matthew Bucknall, 58.

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Company details
Year2018
Rank15
CompanyVirgin Active
ActivityHealth club operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m580.2
Operating profit £m80.6
Main shareholdersBrait (80%), Sir Richard Branson (20%)
Staff11,238
Founded1999
Websitewww.virginactive.co.uk/

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