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José Neves: the Buddhist transforming luxury fashion
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José Neves: the Buddhist transforming luxury fashion

José Neves cornered the market in building bespoke websites and apps for boutique fashion brands and retailers. That put him in a sweet spot when the …
25 Jul 2021
The story of Wise, a multi-billion fintech started by accident
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The story of Wise, a multi-billion fintech started by accident

If you grow up in a situation where a whole country has to be made from scratch, creating a game-changing financial technology start-up such as Wise …
17 Jul 2021
Wes Edens: the raider who snapped up Morrisons
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Wes Edens: the raider who snapped up Morrisons

Wes Edens is already well known in Birmingham for rescuing the city’s Aston Villa football club from disaster. Can he pull a similar trick with a flag…
11 Jul 2021
John McAfee: the tech maverick who lost a $100m fortune
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John McAfee: the tech maverick who lost a $100m fortune

John McAfee made his name pioneering software to protect against computer viruses. He lost nearly everything in the financial crash and lived a life o…
4 Jul 2021
Ken Goldin: making a million from a child’s hobby
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Ken Goldin: making a million from a child’s hobby

Ken Goldin’s career began when, aged 12, he swapped his toy cars for a baseball-card collection. He turned the hobby into a multimillion-dollar busine…
27 Jun 2021
Patrick Drahi’s audacious raid on BT
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Patrick Drahi’s audacious raid on BT

Patrick Drahi, the Israeli-French billionaire, has stealthily become the biggest shareholder in the British telecoms firm, seeking to unleash its true…
19 Jun 2021
Nvidia’s Jensen Huang: prophet of the AI age
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Nvidia’s Jensen Huang: prophet of the AI age

Jensen Huang’s Nvidia started out in computer games. That may have been merely a toehold on the route to global dominance in the tech industry.
13 Jun 2021
Strive Masiyiwa: the philanthropist who connected Africa
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Strive Masiyiwa: the philanthropist who connected Africa

Strive Masiyiwa made his fortune bringing the mobile phone to the masses in Africa. Now he’s the first black billionaire to join the ranks of The Sund…
30 May 2021
Chamath Palihapitiya: the social savant leading the Spac revolution
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Chamath Palihapitiya: the social savant leading the Spac revolution

Chamath Palihapitiya is credited with sparking the current market mania for Spacs and mob investing. He says his aim is to bring down the establishmen…
23 May 2021
Harley Finkelstein’s Shopify: the “Amazon for entrepreneurs”
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Harley Finkelstein’s Shopify: the “Amazon for entrepreneurs”

Shopify started as a snowboard shop that baulked at gifting its customers to Amazon. Now,it is an essential part of the internet’s infrastructure. Har…
15 May 2021
Anthony Tan: the Malaysian business scion taking on Uber
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Anthony Tan: the Malaysian business scion taking on Uber

Anthony Tan has always been unabashedly ambitious and, in taxi-hailing apps, saw his chance to get into the history books. The competition, though, ma…
8 May 2021
António Horta-Osório: the tennis ace who saved Lloyds Bank
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António Horta-Osório: the tennis ace who saved Lloyds Bank

António Horta-Osório was determined to rescue Britain’s largest high-street bank from disaster, and he succeeded, if at the cost of his own health. Ca…
2 May 2021
Cazoo’s Alex Chesterman: “I’m not an innovator, just a copycat”
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Cazoo’s Alex Chesterman: “I’m not an innovator, just a copycat”

Serial entrepreneur Alex Chesterman likes to improve the consumer experience by spotting what’s broken, then fixing it. That’s been a successful strat…
24 Apr 2021
Moderna’s Stéphane Bancel: the maths nerd who struck vaccine gold
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Moderna’s Stéphane Bancel: the maths nerd who struck vaccine gold

A decade ago, Stéphane Bancel took a gamble and joined a fledgling start-up working on an unproven new technology. The gamble paid off with the rise o…
17 Apr 2021
Will Shu: Deliveroo CEO and its first delivery rider
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Will Shu: Deliveroo CEO and its first delivery rider

City analyst Will Shu was sick of working long hours at Canary Wharf and having to make do with what was left on the shelf in Tesco for dinner. So he …
10 Apr 2021
John and Patrick Collison: the nerds who conquered Silicon Valley
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John and Patrick Collison: the nerds who conquered Silicon Valley

John and Patrick Collison, a genial pair of young Irish brothers from a humble background, had a simple idea – to launch the next PayPal. Just ten yea…
3 Apr 2021
AstraZeneca’s Pascal Soriot: in the crossfire of the vaccine wars
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AstraZeneca’s Pascal Soriot: in the crossfire of the vaccine wars

AstraZeneca’s boss Pascal Soriot was winning plaudits for his stewardship when the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Since then, he’s been having a hard time …
27 Mar 2021
Merck Mercuriadis: the mogul shaking up the music business
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Merck Mercuriadis: the mogul shaking up the music business

Merck Mercuriadis has been spending millions snapping up the rights to hit songs and turning them into an income stream for investors. Can the good ti…
21 Mar 2021
Jay Z: the urban Shakespeare who became hip-hop’s first billionaire
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Jay Z: the urban Shakespeare who became hip-hop’s first billionaire

Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, has always displayed a talent not just for rhyme, but for making money too – he was hip-hop’s first billionaire. He hasn’t lo…
13 Mar 2021
Tom Morris: the rise of Home Bargains and the lure of the treasure hunt
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Tom Morris: the rise of Home Bargains and the lure of the treasure hunt

Despite the digital revolution, piling it high and selling it cheap on the high street remains a profitable strategy. Ask Tom Morris and family, now w…
7 Mar 2021
Ian and Richard Livingstone: the brothers who built a $7.2bn fortune
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Ian and Richard Livingstone: the brothers who built a $7.2bn fortune

As 20-somethings, Ian and Richard Livingstone began snapping up cheap London property. Their knack for spotting promising but underrated assets has se…
28 Feb 2021
Cathie Wood: the superstar investor shooting for the stars
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Cathie Wood: the superstar investor shooting for the stars

Cathie Wood has quietly built a reputation for picking the unloved and misunderstood stocks that go on to thrive. She has just launched a new ETF that…
21 Feb 2021
Meet Andy Jassy – the new broom at Amazon
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Meet Andy Jassy – the new broom at Amazon

Andy Jassy is taking over from departing CEO Jeff Bezos at the world’s largest online retailer. Will he be able to fill the founder’s shoes? Jane Lewi…
14 Feb 2021
Kate Bingham: the grande dame of venture capitalists
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Kate Bingham: the grande dame of venture capitalists

The success of Britain’s vaccine strategy is largely down to one woman – Kate Bingham, a biotech expert for a venture-capital firm. It’s not the first…
7 Feb 2021
Stanley Thai: making a billion from rubber gloves
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Stanley Thai: making a billion from rubber gloves

Malaysian entrepreneur Stanley Thai first spotted an opportunity in latex in 1987. He made his first million by the age of 29, and booming demand than…
31 Jan 2021
Peter Cowgill: the force behind a fashion phenomenon
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Peter Cowgill: the force behind a fashion phenomenon

Peter Cowgill became the accountant for a small sports shop in the Pennines in the early 1980s. Now, JD Sports is one of the most formidable forces on…
23 Jan 2021
Elon Musk: the space oddity seeking world domination
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Elon Musk: the space oddity seeking world domination

Elon Musk, the electric-car and space-travel pioneer who wants to move to Mars is now the world’s richest man. If he seems delusional, that’s all part…
16 Jan 2021
Adar Poonawalla: the vaccine prince who will save the world
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Adar Poonawalla: the vaccine prince who will save the world

Adar Poonawalla, the chief of the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturer by volume, has an ambitious plan to rescue us all from Covid-19. The future for…
11 Jan 2021
The return of Janet Yellen
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The return of Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen, the former US central-bank chief is back, this time as US Treasury secretary. Donald Trump wondered whether she was too short for the jo…
19 Dec 2020
The Kwoks: a soap opera set to run and run
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The Kwoks: a soap opera set to run and run

Boardroom battles, bribery convictions, feuds, kidnapping – the Kwoks’ Hong Kong property empire has seen the lot. But for all the drama, they have te…
13 Dec 2020
Philip Green: retail king who lost the Midas touch
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Philip Green: retail king who lost the Midas touch

Philip Green’s empire has collapsed, taking great chunks of the high street with it. In the Noughties his Topshop chain was called Britain’s favourite…
4 Dec 2020
The authentic magic of Dolly Parton
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The authentic magic of Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton, the warm-hearted chanteuse from Tennessee, blends old-fashioned etiquette with openness and is loved by millions. She also has a very sh…
30 Nov 2020
Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci : the boffins behind the Covid-19 vaccine
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Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci : the boffins behind the Covid-19 vaccine

Ugur Sahin and Özlem Türeci are an unassuming Turkish-German couple who had already made their fortune as biotech entrepreneurs when a strange new vi…
21 Nov 2020
Lawrence Stroll: the petrolhead who saved Aston Martin
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Lawrence Stroll: the petrolhead who saved Aston Martin

Lawrence Stroll made his fortune in fashion and has a passion for Ferraris and motorsport. When he saw the greatest luxury car brand in the world stru…
14 Nov 2020
Ronald Perelman: the billionaire who is downsizing
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Ronald Perelman: the billionaire who is downsizing

Ronald Perelman acquired a fortune as a dealmaker during the 1980s takeover boom. Now he seems to be quietly selling up.
9 Nov 2020
Donald Kendall: helping Pepsi win the cold war
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Donald Kendall: helping Pepsi win the cold war

Donald Kendall was there to serve Nikita Khrushchev a Pepsi during a famous cold war détente with Richard Nixon. He went on to become a 20th-century m…
30 Oct 2020