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Li Ka-shing: Hong Kong's Superman won’t hang up his cape

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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, he finds himself in a tricky situation. 

Sir Win Bischoff: City legend hangs up his bowler hat

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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, says Jane Lewis.

Carson Block: the world’s most feared short-seller

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Carson Block sniffs out stocks trading on dodgily high valuations and bets against them, which unnerves his targets. Now, his reign of terror has spread to London. Jane Lewis reports.

Jeffrey Epstein: the sordid downfall of a plutocrat

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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 he make his money? 

A beginner’s guide to Adam Smith, part I

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Dominic Frisby looks at the life of Scottish philosopher Adam Smith, known as the “father of economics”.

Dominic Cummings: the brain behind Boris’s Brexit

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Dominic Cummings, the architect of the Vote Leave campaign, is now in Downing Street and advising Boris Johnson. That has Remainers panicking. Why so fearful? 

Bill Winters: downfall of a banking hero

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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 his bloated pay packet. Can he hang on to his position?

Kenny Alexander: gambling kingpin with a ruthless streak

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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 style is causing problems. 

Sanjeev Gupta: the Indian visionary eyeing up British Steel

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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 firms, is circling – but can he find the cash? 

Daniel Kretinsky: the “Czech sphinx” buying up Europe

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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 connections and cheap assets.

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