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Stéphane Bancel: Moderna’s biotech whizz who changed the world
Stéphane Bancel
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Stéphane Bancel: Moderna’s biotech whizz who changed the world

Stéphane Bancel had a safe job as CEO of a French multinational when he decided to risk it all on a promising but unproven medical technology. The bet…
12 Dec 2021
Rafal Brzoska: the “Locker King” seeking to conquer Britain
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Rafal Brzoska: the “Locker King” seeking to conquer Britain

Polish entrepreneur Rafal Brzoska’s company almost drowned in debt before being rescued and refocusing on its big idea – automated postal boxes. He is…
27 Nov 2021
Charlie Mullins: plumber to the rich and famous
Charlie Mullins
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Charlie Mullins: plumber to the rich and famous

Charlie Mullins bunked off school as a child to earn money fixing pipes. Over 50 years on, he sold his plumbing business for more than £125m. Now he h…
25 Nov 2021
Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao: Vietnam’s airline billionaire rides high
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Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao: Vietnam’s airline billionaire rides high

Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao first spotted business opportunities in the former Soviet Union. Now she is Vietnam’s first and only female billionaire. Here i…
13 Nov 2021
Bernard Tapie: the man with a thousand lives
Bernard Tapie
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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
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
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
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Time for small businesses to pay back emergency state aid
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Time for small businesses to pay back emergency state aid

Small companies struggling to repay emergency loans have several options, says David Prosser.
21 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
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
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