Bob Iger: the man who reinvented Disney
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Bob Iger: the man who reinvented Disney

Bob Iger is stepping down as head of the entertainment giant after 15 years in charge. He leaves a far stronger company in prime position for the futu…
18 Dec 2021
Stéphane Bancel: Moderna’s biotech whizz who changed the world
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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
Narayan Murthy: the father of India’s IT boom
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Narayan Murthy: the father of India’s IT boom

Narayan Murthy was a pioneer in bringing American business methods to bear in his home country of India. But now the advocate for “compassionate capit…
4 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
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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
Jamie Dimon: the “president of Wall Street”
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Jamie Dimon: the “president of Wall Street”

Since Jamie Dimon became CEO of JPMorgan, the bank has made total returns that easily outstrip its rivals and sits on $3.4trn in assets. What’s the se…
19 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
Chris Hohn: from hedge fund moneymaker to climate crusty
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Chris Hohn: from hedge fund moneymaker to climate crusty

Chris Hohn made more money in financial markets than any of the world’s most successful hedge funds. But his lucre is all for a higher purpose – not l…
7 Nov 2021
Indra Nooyi: making progress and profits at Pepsi
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Indra Nooyi: making progress and profits at Pepsi

Indra Nooyi put the principles of stakeholder capitalism into practice at the soft-drink giant before it was fashionable and grew returns for sharehol…
1 Nov 2021
Larry Fink: the undisputed king of Wall Street
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Larry Fink: the undisputed king of Wall Street

Larry Fink survived two big financial crises and went on to build a massive asset manager, doing for investing what Henry Ford did for cars. He has hi…
23 Oct 2021
Bernard Tapie: the man with a thousand lives
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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
Xu Jiayin: the tycoon behind Evergrande
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Xu Jiayin: the tycoon behind Evergrande

Xu Jiayin became a wheeler-dealer in China’s muddled transition to capitalism and his connections helped him to enormous riches. Now, he seems to have…
2 Oct 2021
The legacy of Angela Merkel
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The legacy of Angela Merkel

German leader Angela Merkel is leaving office to spend more time with her family after 16 years at the helm. But what has she got to show for it?
1 Oct 2021
Clive Sinclair: the father of the home computer
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Clive Sinclair: the father of the home computer

Clive Sinclair was a serial inventor and visionary whose output also included the prototype electric car. His other interests included poetry, maratho…
27 Sep 2021
Iris Apfel: an inspiration to young fashionistas
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Iris Apfel: an inspiration to young fashionistas

Iris Apfel made her name as a high-society interior designer before a show at the New York Met turned her into a fashion influencer. At 100 years old,…
19 Sep 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
Pedro Castillo: leftist outsider who rode to power in Peru
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Pedro Castillo: leftist outsider who rode to power in Peru

Pedro Castillo amassed support among the left-behind as a trade-union leader before riding to power in this year’s presidential race. What has the cou…
7 Sep 2021
Gabe Plotkin and the online mob’s unfinished business
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Gabe Plotkin and the online mob’s unfinished business

A social-media pile-on nearly wiped out hedge funder Gabe Plotkin back in January. The fight is not over yet.
31 Aug 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
Reese Witherspoon: the dork who became a media mogul
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Reese Witherspoon: the dork who became a media mogul

A decade ago, Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon was in the “romcom doldrums”. Now she’s a one-woman conglomerate with a production company and a…
17 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
The story of Wise, a multi-billion fintech started by accident
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The story of Wise, a multi-billion fintech started by accident

If you grow up in a situation where a whole country has to be made from scratch, creating a game-changing financial technology start-up such as Wise …
17 Jul 2021