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21/01/1986 Andrew Lloyd Webber's producing company puts up shares on the London stock exchange

The Really Useful Group was floated on the stock market. Four years later, Lloyd Webber took it back into private ownership, selling 30% to movie and music group PolyGram to fund the cost of buying back shares. In 1999, Lloyd Webber paid $75m for Universal's 30% stake, giving the Really Useful Group 100% ownership of all the composer's works.

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