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Virgin Group
Virgin Group
Ltd. is a British multinational corporation venture capital conglomerate founded by entrepreneurs Sir Richard Branson
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.[needs update]


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

History[edit] The brand name "Virgin" arose when Richard Branson
Richard Branson
and Nik Powell formed a record shop. They considered themselves virgins in business.[2] Branson has described the "V" in the logo as an expressive tick, representing the Virgin seal of approval.[2] The original logo was a completely different design intended to be used for the record company that was founded by Richard Branson
Richard Branson
and Nik Powell. According to Richard Branson
Richard Branson
in interviews and on the Virgin website, the more recent signature logo was based on one that a designer scribbled on a napkin after a design meeting. [3] [4] After signing the Sex Pistols
Sex Pistols
to the label it was clear that there would need to be a rethink on the design. Today the Virgin logo is a standardised font named NASA which is used throughout all of the Virgin products. Corporate affairs[edit] Virgin Group
Virgin Group
has its headquarters at The Battleship Building in the Paddington
district of the City of Westminster.[5] Previously it was in The School House in the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham.[6] The Virgin Group
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
Virgin Media
(now owned by Liberty Global). In mid-May 2013, the Virgin Group
Virgin Group
expressed its intention to seek out opportunities in Australia's healthcare industry to consolidate on the Group's Australian fitness centres. The Group also runs over 100 National Health Service
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.[7] Virgin Group
Virgin Group
announced the establishment of Virgin Cruises on 4 December 2014 with financial backing from Bain Capital. The cruise line would be led by CEO Tom McAlpin, would have two new large ships built and be based in the Miami/Fort Lauderdale area.[8][9] Subsidiaries and investments[edit]

Company Ownership Sector

Virgin Active 20% Gym Chain

Virgin Atlantic 20% Travel

Virgin Australia
Virgin Australia
Holdings 8% Travel

Virgin Care 100% Health

Virgin Connect 100% Media

Virgin Experience Days 100% Entertainment

Virgin Galactic 33% Aerospace

Virgin Health Bank 100% Health

Virgin HealthMiles 100% Business Services

Virgin Holidays 100% Travel

Virgin Hotels 100% Hospitality

Virgin Hyperloop One

High-speed rail

Virgin Limited Edition 100% Hospitality

Limobike 100% Travel

Virgin Megastores 100% Retail

Virgin Mobile 100% Communications

Virgin Money 34%[10] Banking

Virgin Oceanic


Virgin Orbit 33% 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[edit]

Absolute Radio: formerly Virgin Radio
Virgin Radio
UK, rebranded in 2008 Air Nigeria: Nigerian national airline launched as Virgin Nigeria, shares sold in 2010 Virgin Airship and Balloon Company: Operating hot air balloons and airships for advertisers 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
Alaska Air Group
on 14, Dec 2016 Virgin Brides: retailer specialising in bridal wear Virgin Cars: online car retailer, ceased trading in 2005 Virgin Balloon Flights: offering hot air balloon flights to the public 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
V Festival
- British music festival sponsored by the Virgin Group 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 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
Virgin Media
(including Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
UK): UK Cable TV, broadband internet and Fixed and Mobile telephony provider—bought by Liberty Global Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
Australia: mobile phone service provider in Australia—shares sold to Optus
in 2006 Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
Canada: mobile phone service provider in Canada—shares sold to Bell Mobility
Bell Mobility
in 2009 Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
France: mobile phone service provider in France—shares sold to Numericable-SFR
in 2014 Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
India: mobile phone service provider in India—shares sold to Tata Teleservices
Tata Teleservices
in 2015 Virgin Mobile
Virgin Mobile
USA: mobile phone service provider in the USA—shares sold to Sprint Corporation
Sprint Corporation
in 2009 Virgin Money
Virgin Money
Australia: sold to Bank of Queensland Virgin Money
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 & coach services Virgin CrossCountry: former operator of the Cross Country railway franchise in the United Kingdom, services transferred to Arriva in 2007 (51%) Virgin EMI Records: soundtrack label—owned by Universal Music Group

Virgin Records: American music soundtrack label

Virgin Racing: Formula One
Formula One
motor racing team Virginware: clothing retailer Virgin Wines: online wine market, sold to Direct Wines in 2005

See also[edit]

London portal Companies portal


^ a b c "About us". Virgin.com. Retrieved 18 January 2015.  ^ a b Richard Branson. Losing My Virginity. ISBN 1-8522-7684-3. [page needed] ^ "Extra: Richard Branson
Richard Branson
Full Interview - Freakonomics".  ^ ANash (15 August 2016). "The Virgin logo".  ^ "Our company information Archived 31 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.". Virgin Group. Retrieved 14 October 2013. "The Battleship Building, 179 Harrow Road, London W2 6NB" ^ "Our company information Archived 31 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine.." Virgin Group. Retrieved 14 January 2009. "The School House 50 Brook Green London, W6 7RR England" ^ Kitney (20 May 2013). " Virgin Group
Virgin Group
eyes slice of Australia's $65bn healthcare market". The Australian. Retrieved 20 May 2013.  ^ Sampson, Hannah (23 June 2015). "Virgin Cruises to base first 2,800-passenger ship in Miami". The Miami Herald. Retrieved 24 June 2015.  ^ Stieghorst, Tom (4 December 2014). " Richard Branson
Richard Branson
to enter cruise business". USA Today. Retrieved 24 June 2015.  ^ Armstrong, Ashley (13 November 2014). " Virgin Money
Virgin Money
float triggers £50m payment to George Osborne's coffers". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 19 May 2015. 

External links[edit]

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Connect Media


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