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Karel Komárek: the billionaire lottery winner
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Karel Komárek: the billionaire lottery winner

Czech billionaire Karel Komárek looks set to win the race to run the UK’s national lottery. But he has his eyes on an even bigger prize.
25 Mar 2022
Xiang Guangda: the “Big Shot” who broke the nickel market
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Xiang Guangda: the “Big Shot” who broke the nickel market

The founder of the world’s largest producer of stainless steel recently found himself on the painful end of a wrong-way bet on the nickel price. The “…
19 Mar 2022
Carl Icahn: “King Kong” takes a bite of McDonald’s
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Carl Icahn: “King Kong” takes a bite of McDonald’s

Legendary corporate raider Carl Icahn is showing a softer side, taking a slice of fast-food giant McDonald’s to improve animal welfare. No doubt he is…
12 Mar 2022
Eric Schmidt: seeing off the robot takeover
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Eric Schmidt: seeing off the robot takeover

Former Google boss Eric Schmidt is concerned about the dangers of artificial intelligence and has set up a $125m philanthropic venture to help steer t…
5 Mar 2022
Guo Wengui: a Manhattan caper worthy of a spy thriller
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Guo Wengui: a Manhattan caper worthy of a spy thriller

Chinese billionaire Guo Wengui fled Xi Jinping’s regime to claim asylum in the US. But now the American authorities are after him too.
27 Feb 2022
Sam Bankman-Fried – the “Crypto King’s” staggering pile
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Sam Bankman-Fried – the “Crypto King’s” staggering pile

Sam Bankman-Fried, still under 30, shot from obscurity to a $24.5bn fortune by spotting arbitrage opportunities in the cryptocurrency markets.
20 Feb 2022
El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele – the “coolest dictator in the world”
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El Salvador’s Nayib Bukele – the “coolest dictator in the world”

Nayib Bukele, El Salvador’s president, took power in a landslide in 2019, promising to clean up politics and end gang violence. He also has a taste fo…
16 Feb 2022
The curious case of Cox & Kings
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The curious case of Cox & Kings

Cox & Kings, the historic Indian travel company, marked its 250th anniversary by floating on the stock exchange. Since then, the whole edifice has com…
5 Feb 2022
Yusaka Maezawa: the punk rocker heading to the moon
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Yusaka Maezawa: the punk rocker heading to the moon

Yusaka Maezawa made his fortune in retail before joining the billionaire space race. Now he’s sorting through a million applications to join him in hi…
31 Jan 2022
Guillaume Pousaz of Checkout.com: the surfer dude catching the fintech wave
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Guillaume Pousaz of Checkout.com: the surfer dude catching the fintech wave

Guillaume Pousaz moved to California to pursue his love of surfing, and landed in Silicon Valley. He then rode the fintech gold rush to a multi-billio…
23 Jan 2022
Tim Cook: the man who filled Steve Jobs’ shoes at Apple
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Tim Cook: the man who filled Steve Jobs’ shoes at Apple

No one expected much from Tim Cook when he took over the top job on the Apple founder’s death. But he has quietly led the firm to extraordinary new he…
15 Jan 2022
Hu Xijin: the silencing of China’s troll king
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Hu Xijin: the silencing of China’s troll king

Hu Xijin had been described as the only man in China who could speak his mind – not least because his mind was as one with the ruling party – and what…
8 Jan 2022
The faces of 2021
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The faces of 2021

It has been an especially turbulent year in politics, monetary policy and new stockmarket listings. Four key movers and shakers caught our eye
29 Dec 2021
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