AstraZeneca’s Pascal Soriot: in the crossfire of the vaccine wars
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AstraZeneca’s Pascal Soriot: in the crossfire of the vaccine wars

AstraZeneca’s boss Pascal Soriot was winning plaudits for his stewardship when the Covid-19 pandemic struck. Since then, he’s been having a hard time …
27 Mar 2021
Great frauds in history: Wang Fengyou’s ant-breeding scam
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Great frauds in history: Wang Fengyou’s ant-breeding scam

“Model entrepreneur” Wang Fengyou's ant-farming Ponzi scheme pulled in $1.2bn, with investors losing all.
25 Mar 2021
Merck Mercuriadis: the mogul shaking up the music business
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Merck Mercuriadis: the mogul shaking up the music business

Merck Mercuriadis has been spending millions snapping up the rights to hit songs and turning them into an income stream for investors. Can the good ti…
21 Mar 2021
Jay Z: the urban Shakespeare who became hip-hop’s first billionaire
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Jay Z: the urban Shakespeare who became hip-hop’s first billionaire

Shawn Carter, aka Jay-Z, has always displayed a talent not just for rhyme, but for making money too – he was hip-hop’s first billionaire. He hasn’t lo…
13 Mar 2021
Tom Morris: the rise of Home Bargains and the lure of the treasure hunt
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Tom Morris: the rise of Home Bargains and the lure of the treasure hunt

Despite the digital revolution, piling it high and selling it cheap on the high street remains a profitable strategy. Ask Tom Morris and family, now w…
7 Mar 2021
Great frauds in history: Jeff Carpoff’s green Ponzi scheme
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Great frauds in history: Jeff Carpoff’s green Ponzi scheme

Jeff Carpoff's plan to make money from renting out solar-powered generators quickly turned into a Ponzi scheme.
4 Mar 2021
Ian and Richard Livingstone: the brothers who built a $7.2bn fortune
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Ian and Richard Livingstone: the brothers who built a $7.2bn fortune

As 20-somethings, Ian and Richard Livingstone began snapping up cheap London property. Their knack for spotting promising but underrated assets has se…
28 Feb 2021
Great frauds in history: Helmut Kiener, Germany’s mini-Madoff
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Great frauds in history: Helmut Kiener, Germany’s mini-Madoff

The performance of Helmut Kiener’s fund of funds, which invested money from institutions and private investors into hedge funds, seemed too good to be…
25 Feb 2021
Cathie Wood: the superstar investor shooting for the stars
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Cathie Wood: the superstar investor shooting for the stars

Cathie Wood has quietly built a reputation for picking the unloved and misunderstood stocks that go on to thrive. She has just launched a new ETF that…
21 Feb 2021
Meet Andy Jassy – the new broom at Amazon
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Meet Andy Jassy – the new broom at Amazon

Andy Jassy is taking over from departing CEO Jeff Bezos at the world’s largest online retailer. Will he be able to fill the founder’s shoes? Jane Lewi…
14 Feb 2021
Great frauds in history: Manfred Schmider, the Sheikh of Karlsruhe
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Great frauds in history: Manfred Schmider, the Sheikh of Karlsruhe

Manfred Schmider massaged the sales figures at FlowTex, his utility technology company, and used investors’ money to buy villas around the world, a fl…
10 Feb 2021
Kate Bingham: the grande dame of venture capitalists
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Kate Bingham: the grande dame of venture capitalists

The success of Britain’s vaccine strategy is largely down to one woman – Kate Bingham, a biotech expert for a venture-capital firm. It’s not the first…
7 Feb 2021
Stanley Thai: making a billion from rubber gloves
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Stanley Thai: making a billion from rubber gloves

Malaysian entrepreneur Stanley Thai first spotted an opportunity in latex in 1987. He made his first million by the age of 29, and booming demand than…
31 Jan 2021
Great frauds in history: the oil well that gushed fake shares
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Great frauds in history: the oil well that gushed fake shares

Oil man S.C. Lewis and his henchman Jacob Berman issued unauthorised shares in their Californian oil company, defrauding many of Los Angeles' most pro…
28 Jan 2021
Great frauds in history: how Elizabeth Bigley, AKA “Madame DeVere”, spirited away cash
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Great frauds in history: how Elizabeth Bigley, AKA “Madame DeVere”, spirited away cash

Serial fraudster Elizabeth Bigley AKA, the “psychic” Madame Lydia DeVere, conned people into believing she was the long lost daughter of fabulously we…
28 Jan 2021
Peter Cowgill: the force behind a fashion phenomenon
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Peter Cowgill: the force behind a fashion phenomenon

Peter Cowgill became the accountant for a small sports shop in the Pennines in the early 1980s. Now, JD Sports is one of the most formidable forces on…
23 Jan 2021
Christopher Columbus Wilson: the spiv who cashed in on new-fangled radios
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Christopher Columbus Wilson: the spiv who cashed in on new-fangled radios

Christopher Columbus Wilson gave radios away to drum up business in his United Wireless Telegraph Company. The company went bankrupt and Wilson was co…
21 Jan 2021
Elon Musk: the space oddity seeking world domination
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Elon Musk: the space oddity seeking world domination

Elon Musk, the electric-car and space-travel pioneer who wants to move to Mars is now the world’s richest man. If he seems delusional, that’s all part…
16 Jan 2021
Great frauds in history: Philip Arnold’s big diamond hoax
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Great frauds in history: Philip Arnold’s big diamond hoax

Philip Arnold and his cousin John Slack lured investors into their mining company by claiming to have discovered large deposit of diamonds. There were…
13 Jan 2021
Adar Poonawalla: the vaccine prince who will save the world
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Adar Poonawalla: the vaccine prince who will save the world

Adar Poonawalla, the chief of the world’s biggest vaccine manufacturer by volume, has an ambitious plan to rescue us all from Covid-19. The future for…
11 Jan 2021
The faces of 2020
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The faces of 2020

Great leaders thrive in the midst of turmoil and upheaval, as we have seen this year. Four of the great movers and shakers of 2020 stood out for us.
29 Dec 2020
Three women CEOs who prove that diversity is the key to success
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Three women CEOs who prove that diversity is the key to success

Tom Saunders looks at how three very different women – Shahrzad Rafati, Trinny Woodall and Anne Boden –  have grown successful businesses.
28 Dec 2020
Great frauds in history: rogue trader Kweku Adoboli’s £1.4bn loss
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Great frauds in history: rogue trader Kweku Adoboli’s £1.4bn loss

Kweku Adoboli's risky trading and his desperate attempts to cover it up wiped £2.7bn off UBS’s market capitalisation.
24 Dec 2020
The return of Janet Yellen
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The return of Janet Yellen

Janet Yellen, the former US central-bank chief is back, this time as US Treasury secretary. Donald Trump wondered whether she was too short for the jo…
19 Dec 2020