Virgin Money

Virgin Money is a financial services brand used by two independent brand-licensees worldwide from the Virgin Group. Virgin Money branded services are currently available in Australia and the United Kingdom. The brand formerly operated in South Africa and the United States.

Virgin Money
IndustryFinancial services
Founded3 March 1995 (1995-03-03)[1]
FounderRichard Branson
Area served
United Kingdom
OwnerVirgin Group and others

Each Virgin Money branded entity acts independently from the others, thus the products vary from country to country.

Current brand licenseesEdit

Virgin Money AustraliaEdit

Virgin Money currently has operations in Australia with 150,000 customers.

Virgin Money UKEdit

A former Northern Rock branch now in Virgin Money branding in Leeds.

Virgin Money currently has operations in the United Kingdom, the company was initially established as a personal finance company under the name of Virgin Direct in 1995, and the Virgin Money brand itself was introduced in 2000. Virgin Money vastly increased its size and customer base in 2012 with the purchase of the so-called 'good bank' portion of the nationalised Northern Rock bank.

In 2018, the entire UK operation of Virgin Money was sold to CYBG plc in a £1.7bn all-share deal which made the group the sixth-largest bank in the UK.[2] On 31 October 2019 CYGB plc changed its name to Virgin Money UK plc.[3]

Former brand licenseesEdit

Virgin Money South AfricaEdit

Virgin Money currently has operations in South Africa. In 2006, Virgin Money South Africa launched with a credit card initially in a partnership with ABSA worth $33 million.[4]

In August 2020, it was announced that the company would be rebranding to Spot Money.[5][6]

Virgin Money USEdit

In 2007, Virgin Money launched in the US after the Virgin Group made a majority stake investment in CircleLending, a company that facilitated peer-to-peer loans.[7] Virgin Money USA entered into dissolution on 1 November 2010, and is no longer listed as a Virgin property on the Virgin Money home page; the Virgin Money US site itself was also dismantled.[8][9][10] Virgin Money subsequently withdrew entirely from the US market[11] and its social lending servicing was transferred to its servicing partner, Graystone Solutions, which continues to service the social loans under its own brand.

Corporate identityEdit

The current logo of Virgin Money's operations outside the UK

Virgin Money's logo is focused around the main logo of Virgin Group, which is an underlined word 'Virgin' in a red and magenta gradient coloured circle. This logo was introduced in January 2012 to signify the purchase of Northern Rock, which used a magenta logo. Some versions of the logo use a plain red circle, such as the variant used frequently in South Africa.

Virgin Money's older logo was the word 'Virgin' in a red rounded skew rectangle, similar in shape to a credit card, followed by the word 'Money'. This logo remains in use in South Africa. The previous logo had used a red logo with the word 'Virgin' in a large circle and three smaller circles above the word 'Money'. Virgin Direct's logo had been a more simplistic rendering of the company name, in white on top of a red rectangle with a semicircle attached on the left side.


  1. ^ "Case Studies Heat Virgin Direct" (PDF). Target Four. Archived from the original (PDF) on 17 April 2012. Retrieved 17 January 2012. 3rd March 1995, in partnership with Norwich Union, Virgin Direct launched with its first product
  2. ^ "Virgin Money bought by CYBG for £1.7bn". BBC online.
  3. ^ Atkin, Joanne (31 October 2019). "Virgin Money rebrand to start as CYBG acquisition completes". Mortgage Finance Gazette. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  4. ^ "Absa, Virgin in $33m venture - South". Archived from the original on 20 April 2006. Retrieved 7 May 2013.CS1 maint: bot: original URL status unknown (link)
  5. ^ "Richard Branson's Virgin Money is shutting down its SA credit card". BusinessInsider. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  6. ^ Vermeulen, Jan. "Virgin Money South Africa is now Spot Money – A new open banking platform". MyBroadband. Retrieved 11 May 2021.
  7. ^ "CircleLending Becomes Virgin Money USA; Gets Makeover and Millions in Funding". TechCrunch. 16 October 2007. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  8. ^ "Virgin Money". Virgin Money. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  9. ^ "Delaware Division of Corporations". State of Delaware. 10 November 2010. Retrieved 10 November 2010.
  10. ^ "Virgin Money US". Virgin Money US. 29 October 2010. Archived from the original on 11 October 2007. Retrieved 30 December 2010.
  11. ^ "Virgin Money Closes Shop in the U.S., Victim of Bad Timing". American Banker. 2 December 2010.

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