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Great frauds in history: Jack Clark’s nursing homes

Jack Clark invented sales, inflated profits and produced fraudulent accounts at his chain of nursing homes to swindle investors out of hundreds of mil…
31 Mar 2020
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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
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Great frauds in history: the Hound of Hounslow

"Flash crash" trader Navinder Singh Sarao made around $70m from manipulating the futures market.
25 Mar 2020
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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
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Great frauds in history: Kautilya Pruthi’s Ponzi scheme

Kautilya Nandan Pruthi persuaded a large number of clients including famous sportsman and actors, to part with over £100m, which he used to fund his p…
11 Mar 2020
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Jack Welch: Americans have got to “work like dogs”

Jack Welch saw earlier than most that Asian competitors were coming for corporate America’s lunch. He revolutionised business management in response…
6 Mar 2020
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Can “super geek” Jeff Bezos save the planet?

Amazon boss Jeff Bezos, seen by some as the “evil face of capitalism”, is becoming a power beyond the reach of his multi-tentacled company. His next a…
2 Mar 2020
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Rishi Sunak: the maharaja of the Yorkshire Dales

Rishi Sunak is taking the reins of the world’s fifth-largest economy at a crucial juncture. The unflashy but likeable youngster may be just the man fo…
20 Feb 2020

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Les Wexner: the Merlin of the Mall loses his magic

Les Wexner built a retail empire from scratch and made a fortune in the process. He ended up placing his trust and many powers in the hands of disgrac…
20 Feb 2020
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Bernie Ebbers: the downfall of the Telecom Cowboy

Bernie Ebbers had the starring role in the greatest rags-to-riches story in US corporate history. A plot twist at the end turned it into a different k…
10 Feb 2020
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Kim Woo-choong: the ambiguous legacy of Daewoo's Chairman Kim

Former Daewoo chairman Kim Woo-choong inspired a generation of entrepreneurs. His empire collapsed and his career ended in ignominy, but was he to bla…
3 Feb 2020
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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