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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 more than 240 clubs in eight countries, including 43 in the UK. Matthew Bucknall, 59, is founder and group chief executive.

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Company details
Year2019
Rank12
CompanyVirgin Active
ActivityHealth club operator
LocationCentral London
Sales £m*586.7
Operating profit £m*86.3
Main shareholdersBrait (72%), Sir Richard Branson (18%), management (10%)
Staff9,440
Founded1999
Websitewww.virginactive.co.uk/

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* supplied by Company   † annualised figure   ‡  profit = ebitda