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Willie Walsh: the colourful scamp who saved BA

Willie Walsh is standing down after 15 years in the cockpit at Britain’s flagship airline. Few will miss his combative approach, but the industry is l…
17 Jan 2020
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Neil Woodford rides again

Neil Woodford’s speedy descent made Icarus look like a slouch. Many thought he would now be spending more time with his horses. He’s actually plotting…
1 Jan 2020
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The movers and shakers of 2019

Men make history, but not in circumstances of their own choosing, said Marx. Some men make more of it in less time than others. Here are four figures …
31 Dec 2019
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Pham Nhat Vuong: Vietnam’s Donald Trump

Not satisfied with a business empire that covers just about everything in his native Vietnam, property mogul Pham Nhat Vuong is making a move into the…
25 Dec 2019
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Paul Volcker: the banking ace who crushed inflation

Paul Volcker, who died last week aged 92, was an inspirational figure whose controversial policies helped inaugurate the modern era.
13 Dec 2019
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Michael Bloomberg: a master of many guises

Michael Bloomberg launched his financial data company after getting fired from Wall Street. Could the billionaire media magnate and former New York ma…
9 Dec 2019
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Jim Simons: the maths whizz who solved the market

Jim Simons loved maths and logic from an early age and enjoyed a rapid rise to the top in academia. Then he worked out how to create the greatest mone…
25 Nov 2019
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Bernard Arnault: the wolf in cashmere

Bernard Arnault, the chief at luxury group LVMH, is known for his aggressive approach to deal making. His tilt at jeweller Tiffany could be his most t…
19 Nov 2019

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Van der Vorm: the Dutch billionaires who keep schtum

The Rotterdam-based Van der Vorm family is one of the world’s richest clans, but if it is known at all, it is renowned for its silence. A canny bet on…
12 Nov 2019
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Brendan Kennedy: the data geek taking cannibis mainstream

Brendan Kennedy was an early mover in the market as the world started to legalise cannabis. It seemed like a crazy and risky decision a decade ago. No…
4 Nov 2019
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Christine Lagarde: killer shark takes the helm at the ECB

Former IMF chief Christine Lagarde has a reputation for easy manners and good humour, but she has a ruthless streak. She’ll probably need it as she ta…
28 Oct 2019
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Steve Schwarzman: Wall Street’s arch dealmaker

Steve Schwarzman has had an illustrious career in finance, while his friendship with Donald Trump has made him a pivotal figure in the US-China trade …
21 Oct 2019
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Parker Schnabel: the dirt nerd who keeps striking gold

Parker Schnabel was a typical Alaskan teenager when he discovered gold exploration and reality television. Still only 25, he has excelled at both for …
14 Oct 2019
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Tom Ford: the perfectionist who rescued Gucci

Tom Ford made his name by pushing the “sex sells” mantra to extremes in the 1990s. But his latest collections and products have been tailored for a di…
30 Sep 2019
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T Boone Pickens: the maverick who shook up Big Oil

T Boone Pickens, who died recently aged 91, was a shareholder activist before it was cool and made billions of dollars in the oil trade before becomin…
20 Sep 2019
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David Koch: the billionaire who reshaped US politics

David Koch, who has died aged 79, was a kind and generous man, a great benefactor of charitable causes and the arts. But his influence on political li…
9 Sep 2019
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Li Ka-shing: Hong Kong's Superman won’t hang up his cape

Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing had hinted at his desire to retire. Now, caught between the authorities in Beijing and the pro-democracy protests, h…
3 Sep 2019
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Sir Win Bischoff: City legend hangs up his bowler hat

Sir Win Bischoff, who has been at the heart of the City of London for decades, is retiring. It’s just a shame that he’s not departing on a higher note…
28 Aug 2019
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Lord Rothschild: stocks could be on thin ice

Can firms maintain their currently high levels of profits against this backdrop? Lord Rothschild is sceptical.
26 Aug 2019
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Carson Block: the world’s most feared short-seller

Carson Block sniffs out stocks trading on dodgily high valuations and bets against them, which unnerves his targets. Now, his reign of terror has spre…
21 Aug 2019
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Howard Marks: there's sanity in stocks

Distressed debt investor and author Howard Marks thinks US stocks have further to run.
20 Aug 2019
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Jeffrey Epstein: the sordid downfall of a plutocrat

Jeffrey Epstein was a financier who rubbed shoulders with the rich and powerful. Allegations of sexual abuse have brought him down. But just how did h…
13 Aug 2019
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A beginner’s guide to Adam Smith, part I

Dominic Frisby looks at the life of Scottish philosopher Adam Smith, known as the "father of economics".
7 Aug 2019
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Dominic Cummings: the brain behind Boris’s Brexit

Dominic Cummings, the architect of the Vote Leave campaign, is now in Downing Street and advising Boris Johnson. That has Remainers panicking. Why so …
5 Aug 2019
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Bill Winters: downfall of a banking hero

Bill Winters, chief executive of Standard Chartered, was once hailed as a paragon among moneymen. But now he is under fire for a tin-eared defence of …
29 Jul 2019
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Kenny Alexander: gambling kingpin with a ruthless streak

A knack for finding good bets and an audacious string of deals has put Kenny Alexander at the top of the gambling industry. Yet his fast and loose sty…
22 Jul 2019
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Sanjeev Gupta: the Indian visionary eyeing up British Steel

The government is seeking a buyer for the UK’s second-largest steelmaker. Sanjeev Gupta, an Indian-born tycoon with form as a saviour of troubled firm…
15 Jul 2019
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Daniel Kretinsky: the “Czech sphinx” buying up Europe

Few people outside central Europe had heard of Daniel Kretinsky a decade ago. Now he is one of the continent’s top dealmakers with an eye for helpful …
8 Jul 2019
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Dietrich Mateschitz: late bloomer gets a boost from Red Bull

It took Dietrich Mateschitz a decade to get his degree, then he moved into business. But it was a syrupy concoction in Thailand that gave him the idea…
1 Jul 2019
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Theresa May’s vanity projects

Now that Brexit is no longer her problem, Prime Minister Theresa May has been making a flurry of spending pledges to shore up her legacy – which the c…
28 Jun 2019
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How will Boris Johnson bring about Brexit?

It’s far from obvious how Boris Johnson, the man likely to be the next PM, will achieve his goals.
27 Jun 2019
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Peter Hargreaves: an upset for the world’s happiest billionaire

Peter Hargreaves created a FTSE 100 company from scratch without borrowing or acquisition – and without scandal – at least until the Woodford one blew…
24 Jun 2019
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Government admits it has got its state pension sums wrong

Approximately 360,000 people have been given incorrect forecasts of their state pension benefits, the government has confirmed.
14 Jun 2019
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Amancio Ortega: the humble introvert who made a billion

Amancio Ortega shook up the retail industry with his “fast-fashion” revolution. Now he’s the richest man in Spain and has a property empire bigger tha…
10 Jun 2019
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Niki Lauda: racing hero and serial entrepreneur

Niki Lauda was a legend in Formula One racing and a pretty formidable dealmaker and entrepreneur, too. His life is a testimony to the power of the wil…
30 May 2019
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Millions fall foul of pensions contributions rule

Almost a million savers could face punitive tax charges on their pension contributions because they have unwittingly triggered a substantial reduction…
29 May 2019
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Julian Richer's crusade to clean up capitalism

Julian Richer, the entrepreneur who put people before profits, and yet produced plenty of the latter, has been lauded for handing his empire over to h…
24 May 2019
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Garrett Camp: the quiet techie who dreamt up Uber

The taxi app is always associated with its former boss Travis Kalanick. But it was actually his co-founder, Garrett Camp, who came up with the idea. H…
22 May 2019
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Edward Bramson: the quiet activist barging into Barclays

Edward Bramson may have failed to secure a seat on the board last week, but past form suggests his Sherborne investment fund will soon be back to shak…
13 May 2019
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Hui Ka Yan: the real king of debt

Hui Ka Yan, China’s richest property mogul, rode to success on the back of a boom. Now there are fears that it could all come to a messy end.
6 May 2019
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Terry Gou: the fiery gadget chief guns for top job

Terry Gou, the head of a $41bn gadget assembly empire, has stepped back from his role to contest the presidency of Taiwan. Will that disturb the islan…
29 Apr 2019
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Nouriel Roubini: don't get carried away

The bull run may continue for now. But, reckons the economist, talk of a melt-up may be overdone.
29 Apr 2019
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Ben Silbermann: creating Silicon Valley’s “silent unicorn”

Ben Silbermann, who launched the digital pinboard Pinterest in 2010, is not your typical tech entrepreneur. Quiet and meticulous, he has built the com…
22 Apr 2019
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David Rosenberg: don't get too comfortable

Investors seem to be getting over their fear of a recession, investment guru David Rosenberg has said. But that could be a mistake.
22 Apr 2019
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Hiroshi Mikitani: the visionary who built Japan’s Amazon

Hiroshi Mikitani’s talent for trend-spotting has already made him a billionaire. Now he has his sights firmly set on a new challenge. Jane Lewis repor…
16 Apr 2019
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Mark Mobius: beware the communist threat

The legendary investor is used to iffy regimes in far-flung countries – now it's Britain and the US that are unnerving him.
16 Apr 2019
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Mark Getty: “I’m one of those people everyone hates”

Mark Getty, grandson of oil baron Jean Paul, transformed a small picture library in Camden into a global $3bn business. He remains excited by its pros…
8 Apr 2019
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Jeremy Grantham: keen on emerging markets

Value investor Jeremy Grantham sees better opportunities in emerging markets than in the US over the long term.
25 Mar 2019
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Kyle Bass: China's stealing needs confronting

Hedge-fund manager Kyle Bass thinks the US should confront China over the stealing of its technology.
11 Mar 2019