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Larry Fink: the undisputed king of Wall Street
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Larry Fink: the undisputed king of Wall Street

Larry Fink survived two big financial crises and went on to build a massive asset manager, doing for investing what Henry Ford did for cars. He has hi…
23 Oct 2021
Bernard Tapie: the man with a thousand lives
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Bernard Tapie: the man with a thousand lives

Bernard Tapie, who has died aged 78, was a colourful French entrepreneur, star of screen and stage, politician, sports icon, press baron and convicted…
10 Oct 2021
Xu Jiayin: the tycoon behind Evergrande
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Xu Jiayin: the tycoon behind Evergrande

Xu Jiayin became a wheeler-dealer in China’s muddled transition to capitalism and his connections helped him to enormous riches. Now, he seems to have…
2 Oct 2021
Clive Sinclair: the father of the home computer
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Clive Sinclair: the father of the home computer

Clive Sinclair was a serial inventor and visionary whose output also included the prototype electric car. His other interests included poetry, maratho…
27 Sep 2021
Iris Apfel: an inspiration to young fashionistas
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Iris Apfel: an inspiration to young fashionistas

Iris Apfel made her name as a high-society interior designer before a show at the New York Met turned her into a fashion influencer. At 100 years old,…
19 Sep 2021
Klarna’s Sebastian Siemiatkowski: fintech innovator gunning for the banks
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Klarna’s Sebastian Siemiatkowski: fintech innovator gunning for the banks

Sebastian Siemiatkowski’s Klarna app allows customers to buy now, pay later, without racking up interest charges. He’s excited about the future. Regul…
12 Sep 2021
Pedro Castillo: leftist outsider who rode to power in Peru
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Pedro Castillo: leftist outsider who rode to power in Peru

Pedro Castillo amassed support among the left-behind as a trade-union leader before riding to power in this year’s presidential race. What has the cou…
7 Sep 2021
Gabe Plotkin and the online mob’s unfinished business
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Gabe Plotkin and the online mob’s unfinished business

A social-media pile-on nearly wiped out hedge funder Gabe Plotkin back in January. The fight is not over yet.
31 Aug 2021
Nigel Rudd: Sir Sell-out’s latest offer may be his last
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Nigel Rudd: Sir Sell-out’s latest offer may be his last

An industry joke has it that Nigel Rudd’s businesses are always a buy because he’ll soon be selling up. His latest deal is likely to be his swansong.
22 Aug 2021
Reese Witherspoon: the dork who became a media mogul
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Reese Witherspoon: the dork who became a media mogul

A decade ago, Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon was in the “romcom doldrums”. Now she’s a one-woman conglomerate with a production company and a…
17 Aug 2021
Austin Russell: the university drop-out who made a billion dollars
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Austin Russell: the university drop-out who made a billion dollars

Halfway through his first year as a physics student, Austin Russell won a $100,000 prize designed to encourage young entrepreneurs. A decade later, he…
8 Aug 2021
George Iacobescu: the man who transformed London
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George Iacobescu: the man who transformed London

George Iacobescu, the man who – quite literally – put Canary Wharf on the map, is stepping back from his executive role. He will be a tough act to fol…
1 Aug 2021
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