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VIRGIN GROUP LTD. is a British multinational corporation venture capital conglomerate founded by entrepreneurs Sir Richard Branson and Nik Powell .

Virgin Group's date of incorporation is listed as 1989 by Companies House , who class it as a holding company ; however Virgin's business and trading activities date to the 1970s. The net worth of Virgin Group was estimated at £5–5.5 billion as of November 2014.

CONTENTS

* 1 Name * 2 History * 3 Corporate affairs * 4 Subsidiaries and investments * 5 Formerly owned ventures * 6 See also * 7 References * 8 External links

NAME

The brand name "Virgin" arose when Richard Branson and Nik Powell formed a record shop . They considered themselves virgins in business. Branson has described the "V" in the logo as an expressive tick , representing the Virgin seal of approval.

HISTORY

Virgin Group announced the establishment of Virgin Cruises on December 4, 2014 with financial backing from Bain Capital . The cruise line would be lead by CEO Tom McAlpin , would have two new large ships built and be based in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.

CORPORATE AFFAIRS

Virgin Group has its headquarters at The Battleship Building in the Paddington district of the City of Westminster . Previously it was in The School House in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham .

The Virgin Group of companies have a complex structure that contains elements of a generic conglomerate and a keiretsu , and sometimes it simply licences its brand. Examples of licensing are Virgin Records (now owned by Universal Music Group ) and Virgin Media (now owned by Liberty Global ).

In mid-May 2013, the Virgin Group expressed its intention to seek out opportunities in Australia's healthcare industry to consolidate on the Group's Australian fitness centers. The Group also runs over 100 National Health Service (NHS) services in the United Kingdom and the healthcare division of medical services group Assura after entering the British healthcare industry in 2011.

SUBSIDIARIES AND INVESTMENTS

COMPANY OWNERSHIP SECTOR

V Festival 100% Entertainment

Virgin Active 20% Health

Virgin Atlantic 51% Travel

Virgin Australia Holdings 8% Travel

Virgin Books 10% Publishing

Virgin Care 100% Health

Virgin Connect 100% Media

Virgin Experience Days 100% Entertainment

Virgin Galactic 100% Aerospace

Virgin Health Bank 100% Health

Virgin HealthMiles 100% Business Services

Virgin Holidays 100% Travel

Virgin Hotels 100% Hospitality

Virgin Limited Edition 100% Hospitality

Limobike 100% Travel

Virgin Megastores 100% Retail

Virgin Mobile 100% Communications

Virgin Money 34% Banking

Virgin Oceanic

Leisure

Virgin Orbit

Aerospace

DS Virgin Racing 100% Motorsport

Virgin Radio 100% Entertainment

Virgin Rail Group 51% Travel

Virgin Sports 1% Sports

Virgin Trains East Coast 10% Travel

Virgin Unite 100% Charity

Virgin Startup 100% Charity

Virgin Vacations 100% Travel

Virgin Voucher 100% Retail

Virgin Voyages 100% Cruise line

Further information: List of Richard Branson\'s business ventures

FORMERLY OWNED VENTURES

* Absolute Radio : formerly Virgin Radio UK, rebranded in 2008 * Air Nigeria : Nigerian national airline launched as Virgin Nigeria, shares sold in 2010 * Liquid Comics : comic book producer formerly known as Virgin Comics—sold to management in 2008 * Vie at Home : cosmetics retailer formerly known as Virgin Vie, sold to management in 2009 * Virgin America : North American airline, sold to Alaska Air Group on 14, Dec 2016 * Virgin Brides: retailer specialising in bridal wear * Virgin Cars : online car retailer, ceased trading in 2005 * Virgin Charter: online marketplace of private aircraft seat bookings * Virgin Cinemas : sold to UGC in 1999 * Virgin Digital Help: technical support

* Virgin Drinks : drink manufacturer

* Virgin Cola : carbonated cola soft drink * Virgin Vodka : alcoholic beverage * v-Mix : spirit mixers

* Virgin Electronics: electronics retailer * Virgin Energy: joint venture energy provider, sold to EDF Energy * Virgin Express : airline based in Brussels , merged with SN Brussels Airlines in 2006 to form Brussels Airlines * V Festival : an Australian version of the V Festival * Virgin Festival : a North American version of the V Festival * Virgin Films : film production company * Virgin Games : sold to Gamesys in 2013 * Virgin Green Fund : shut down in 2014 * Virgin Interactive : Game Developer and publisher, bought by various companies, and renamed to Avalon Interactive in 2003 * Virgin Limousines: a former limousine service that operated mostly in the USA and Canada. It operated for 14 years, until November 2010. * Virgin Media (including Virgin Mobile UK ): UK Cable TV, broadband internet and Fixed and Mobile telephony provider—bought by Liberty Global * Virgin Mobile Australia : mobile phone service provider in Australia —shares sold to Optus in 2006 * Virgin Mobile Canada : mobile phone service provider in Canada —shares sold to Bell Mobility in 2009 * Virgin Mobile France : mobile phone service provider in France—shares sold to Numericable-SFR in 2014 * Virgin Mobile India : mobile phone service provider in India—shares sold to Tata Teleservices in 2015 * Virgin Mobile USA : mobile phone service provider in the USA—shares sold to Sprint Corporation in 2009 * Virgin Money Australia : sold to Bank of Queensland * Virgin Money US : sold in 2010 * Virgin One account : shareholding sold to co-owner (RBS) in 2003 * Virgin Sun Airlines : scheduled and charter airline, closed in 2001 * Virgin Play : Spanish game distributor and publisher, filed for liquidation and closed in 2009 * Virgin Trains ExpressCoach : former operator of inter-city bus ">

* ^ _A_ _B_ _C_ "About us". Virgin.com. Retrieved 18 January 2015. * ^ _A_ _B_ Richard Branson . _Losing My Virginity _. ISBN 1-8522-7684-3 . * ^ Sampson, Hannah (June 23, 2015). "Virgin Cruises to base first 2,800-passenger ship in Miami". _ Miami Herald _. Retrieved June 24, 2015. * ^ Stieghorst, Tom (December 4, 2014). " Richard Branson to enter cruise business". _ USA Today _. Retrieved June 24, 2015. * ^ "Our company information". Virgin Group. Retrieved on 14 October 2013. "The Battleship Building, 179 Harrow Road, London W2 6NB" * ^ "Our company information." Virgin Group. Retrieved on 14 January 2009. "The School House 50 Brook Green London, W6 7RR England" * ^ Damon Kitney (20 May 2013). " Virgin Group eyes slice of Australia\'s $65bn healthcare market". _ The Australian _. Retrieved 20 May 2013. * ^ Armstrong, Ashley (13 November 2014). " Virgin Money float triggers £50m payment to George Osborne\'s coffers". _The Daily Telegraph_. London. Retrieved 19 May 2015.

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