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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
Craig Newmark: the nerd who shook up the media giants
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Craig Newmark: the nerd who shook up the media giants

Twenty-five years ago, Craig Newmark lost his job at a brokerage and fired off an email to friends. That seeded a venture, Craigslist, that dominates …
26 Oct 2020
Mukesh Ambani: the Indian billionaire eyeing global expansion
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Mukesh Ambani: the Indian billionaire eyeing global expansion

Mukesh Ambani is already the richest man in India by a large margin, but his ambitions do not end there. He wants India to be at the front of the worl…
19 Oct 2020
Mohsin and Zuber Issa : garage tycoons who put Asda in their trolley
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Mohsin and Zuber Issa : garage tycoons who put Asda in their trolley

The supermarket’s new owners are Mohsin and Zuber Issa, two brothers from Blackburn who started with a rundown petrol station 20 years ago. But their …
8 Oct 2020
Reed Hastings: Netflix founder who looms over Hollywood
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Reed Hastings: Netflix founder who looms over Hollywood

Reed Hastings turned Netflix – a DVD rental service rejected by Blockbuster – into a global streaming giant that has redefined the entertainment indus…
4 Oct 2020
Trevor Milton: big dreamer wakes to a hard reality
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Trevor Milton: big dreamer wakes to a hard reality

Trevor Milton wanted to be the next Elon Musk, and planned to revolutionise transport with hydrogen-powered trucks. His dreams are unravelling amid al…
27 Sep 2020
Terence Conran: the man who banished the spam fritter
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Terence Conran: the man who banished the spam fritter

Terence Conran, who has died aged 88, introduced a country of grey houses and colourless mackintoshes to the dolce vita. He instigated a revolution in…
22 Sep 2020
Daniel Loeb: fiery activist goes on a buying spree
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Daniel Loeb: fiery activist goes on a buying spree

Daniel Loeb is known as a sharp-tongued investor who buys stakes in companies and then shakes them up. But the pandemic caught him flat-footed and he …
14 Sep 2020
Forrest Li : “Singapore’s Steve Jobs” shoots for the stars
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Forrest Li : “Singapore’s Steve Jobs” shoots for the stars

Forrest Li was there when Apple founder Steve Jobs delivered his famous Stanford graduation speech. The experience inspired him to aim for big things …
7 Sep 2020
The downfall of Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s philosopher king
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The downfall of Steve Bannon, Donald Trump’s philosopher king

Steve Bannon, the American president’s combustible former chief strategist, has gone down in flames, accused of milking a political fund for personal …
31 Aug 2020
Sumner Redstone: the media mogul who cheated death
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Sumner Redstone: the media mogul who cheated death

Sumner Redstone, a legendary dealmaker and eccentric star of the film industry, said that he was never going to die. It’s one of the few things he was…
23 Aug 2020
Bernard Looney: BP’s woke warrior detoxifies oil
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Bernard Looney: BP’s woke warrior detoxifies oil

Bernard Looney wants to turn the oil giant he heads into an environmentally friendly force for good. He’s not the first to try, but there’s good reaso…
17 Aug 2020
Sharon White: the economist shaking up John Lewis
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Sharon White: the economist shaking up John Lewis

Dame Sharon White had no experience of retail when she took the top job at the nation’s favourite department store. Can she turn around an ailing indu…
10 Aug 2020
Stuart Wheeler : the granddaddy of spread-betting
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Stuart Wheeler : the granddaddy of spread-betting

A lifelong obsession with gambling helped make Stuart Wheeler his fortune. By using that to back the Brexit campaign, he changed the face of British p…
2 Aug 2020
Philip Day: the retail knight falls off his horse
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Philip Day: the retail knight falls off his horse

Retail baron Philip Day, once seen as the saviour of the British high street, is under fire for holding to a monastic silence as his suppliers struggl…
26 Jul 2020
Mahmud Kamani: a modern rags-to-riches tale
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Mahmud Kamani: a modern rags-to-riches tale

Mahmud Kamani turned fast-fashion website Boohoo into a business worth billions. The coronavirus crisis may have brought the company’s biggest challen…
19 Jul 2020
Zhang Yiming: the perfectionist behind the TikTok craze
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Zhang Yiming: the perfectionist behind the TikTok craze

Youngsters have gone mad for TikTok, a video-sharing app launched by a Chinese tech company. But the firm’s links to the regime in Beijing have sparke…
12 Jul 2020
Wirecard's Markus Braun: schmoozing the elite with tech twaddle
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Wirecard's Markus Braun: schmoozing the elite with tech twaddle

Markus Braun, the self-styled tech visionary behind failed German tech firm Wirecard, was adept at fooling the gullible. There were red flags from the…
4 Jul 2020
Jack Dorsey: Twitter’s chief comes of age
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Jack Dorsey: Twitter’s chief comes of age

Jack Dorsey has had a turbulent ride of late, but his strategy of thinking big and biding his time seems to be paying off.
29 Jun 2020
Lee Jae-yong: Samsung’s heir remains trapped in limbo
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Lee Jae-yong: Samsung’s heir remains trapped in limbo

Lee Jae-yong inherited the reins of the technology giant from his father. His struggles to retain control of the firm – and to stay out of jail – have…
22 Jun 2020
Stanley Ho: the man who made Asia’s Las Vegas
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Stanley Ho: the man who made Asia’s Las Vegas

Stanley Ho, who died last month, arrived in a dying fishing port as a young man with just ten dollars to his name. He transformed his new home into a …
12 Jun 2020
Arnaud Lagardère: Dad, I shrunk the empire
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Arnaud Lagardère: Dad, I shrunk the empire

Arnaud Lagardère, heir of the Lagardère business empire, has been bailed out by the French establishment – again. But this time he is determined to pr…
8 Jun 2020
Masayoshi Son: the God of tech tests the faithful
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Masayoshi Son: the God of tech tests the faithful

Masayoshi Son, the founder of Japanese tech giant Softbank, has had a bad crisis. He has bounced back before, and will do again, he insists. It wouldn…
1 Jun 2020
Top four financial villains of the last 20 years
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Top four financial villains of the last 20 years

Despite MoneyWeek’s 1,000 issues, we struggled to find a page of material on people we considered particularly worthy of honour. We were spoilt for ch…
26 May 2020
The making of Warren Buffett
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The making of Warren Buffett

The man who “triumphed in the long game by practising a simpler, purer version of capitalism” is widely hailed as the world’s greatest living investor…
17 May 2020
Nicolai Tangen: Norway’s sovereign wealth fund changes hands
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Nicolai Tangen: Norway’s sovereign wealth fund changes hands

Nicolai Tangen, a risk-loving, jet-setting financier and hedge-fund manager, has been made head of the sovereign-wealth fund. Is he the right man for …
11 May 2020
Bill Gates: the rebooting of a reputation
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Bill Gates: the rebooting of a reputation

Microsoft’s founder Bill Gates was once widely criticised as a merciless monopolist. But he has tried to reinvent himself as a global health philanthr…
4 May 2020
Eric Yuan, the engineer whose world went Zoom
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Eric Yuan, the engineer whose world went Zoom

Eric Yuan, an engineer who invented business-conferencing tool Zoom, became a billionaire when his app became a must-have accessory in lockdown. But t…
27 Apr 2020
Bill Ackman: the billionaire who bet big on viral doom
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Bill Ackman: the billionaire who bet big on viral doom

Bill Ackman of hedge fund Pershing Square saw trouble coming early and placed a punt on the stockmarket outcome. His huge win may be followed by a sec…
18 Apr 2020
Richard Branson: the goateed mascot of British capitalism
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Richard Branson: the goateed mascot of British capitalism

Sir Richard Branson’s Virgin empire is in trouble due to coronavirus. Can it be saved?
11 Apr 2020
Daksh Gupta: the accidental salesman with a big heart
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Daksh Gupta: the accidental salesman with a big heart

Daksh Gupta was studying at university and washing cars to make ends meet when he sold a car by accident. He’d found his calling, but the coronavirus …
3 Apr 2020
Ray Dalio: the seer blindsided by a bug
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Ray Dalio: the seer blindsided by a bug

When the financial crisis struck in 2008, Ray Dalio’s hedge fund was well prepared to profit and he has since enjoyed a reputation for prescience. He …
30 Mar 2020
Peter Thiel: Utopian elite flee for "Galt’s Gulch"
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Peter Thiel: Utopian elite flee for "Galt’s Gulch"

Peter Thiel, the tech tycoon who founded PayPal, has long been prepared for a flight from societal collapse. As coronavirus panic spreads, where is th…
23 Mar 2020