50 most admired companies
Tue 27 Feb 2018 12:46 PM
GEMS Education

Headquarters Dubai

Year established 2000

Sector Education

The global advisory and educational management firm is the largest operator of kindergarten-to-grade-12 schools in the world. Founded by Indian billionaire Sunny Varkey, it has over 250 schools in 14 countries, including the UK, US, Singapore, India, Switzerland, Saudi Arabia, Kenya and more. It also announced the opening of four new schools in the UAE in the 2018/19 academic year.

In December 2017, it secured a $1.24bn loan to refinance borrowings and support growth before going public on the London Stock Exchange in 2018, where it is expected to have a market capitalisation of $5bn.