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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
Great frauds in history: Nick Leeson – the man who broke Barings Bank
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Great frauds in history: Nick Leeson – the man who broke Barings Bank

"Rogue trader" Nick Leeson’s losses cost his employer, Barings Bank, an estimated £860m, plunging it into bankruptcy.
1 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
Great frauds in history: Nevin Shapiro’s groceries scam
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Great frauds in history: Nevin Shapiro’s groceries scam

Nevin Shapiro's "grocery diverting" business was in reality nothing more than a Ponzi scheme.
24 Jun 2020
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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
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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
Great frauds in history: Arthur Nadel’s day-trading scam
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Great frauds in history: Arthur Nadel’s day-trading scam

When failed lawyer Arthur Nadel's hedge fund collapsed, it claimed to have $350m in assets. But it had just $500,000 in the bank.
10 Jun 2020

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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
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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
Great frauds in history... Lee B. Farkas’s dodgy mortgages
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Great frauds in history... Lee B. Farkas’s dodgy mortgages

Lee Bentley Farkas transformed TBW into one of the largest mortgage brokers in the US – his fraud is reckoned to have cost around €3bn.
20 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
Great frauds in history: the downfall of Ferdinand Ward – the "Napoleon of finance"
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Great frauds in history: the downfall of Ferdinand Ward – the "Napoleon of finance"

Ferdinand Ward launched a Ponzi-style scheme based on fictitious government contracts, bringing down the Marine National Bank.
14 May 2020
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Julian Hearn: taking the hassle out of lunch
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Julian Hearn: taking the hassle out of lunch

Julian Hearn developed Huel as a "functional" food to replace meals for the time-poor.
13 May 2020
Kate Daly: why you should break up with divorce lawyers
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Kate Daly: why you should break up with divorce lawyers

After a particularly acrimonious and expensive divorce, Kate Daly quit her job to set up a service to help couples separate without rancour.
12 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
Elizabeth Davis: how I invented my own beauty products
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Elizabeth Davis: how I invented my own beauty products

Ex-engineer Elizabeth Davis formulated her own products in her spare time to gain an edge in the ultra-competitive beauty industry.
11 May 2020
Great frauds in history: OPM Leasing Services
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Great frauds in history: OPM Leasing Services

Childhood friends Mordecai Weissman and Myron Goodman siphoned off huge amounts of money from their company to spend on mansions, a private jet and a …
6 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
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Great frauds in history: Allen Chan of Sino-Forest
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Great frauds in history: Allen Chan of Sino-Forest

Allen Chan fooled many investors by falsifying the accounts of his Canadian-listed Chinese forestry company.
29 Apr 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
Great frauds in history: Ronnie Ewton’s ruinous punt on rates
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Great frauds in history: Ronnie Ewton’s ruinous punt on rates

Ex life-insurance salesman Ronnie Ewton's bet on interest rates cost investors millions and led to the collapse of an American savings bank.
21 Apr 2020