Part of Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin Group, Virgin Active operates 131 overseas health clubs around the world serving more than half a million members. The company operates three clubs in Portugal, four in Australia, eight in Spain, 24 in Italy and 92 across South Africa. In August 2011, private equity firm CVC Capital Partners acquired a controlling stake, which valued the company at £900m. Led by chief executive Matthew Bucknall, Virgin Active’s international sales have grown by 21% a year from £194.6m in 2009 to £286.5m in 2011.
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