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Steve Schwarzman: Wall Street’s arch dealmaker

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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 war. Yet he remains a relative unknown. Jane Lewis reports.

Parker Schnabel: the dirt nerd who keeps striking gold

Parker Schnabel was a typical Alaskan teenager when he discovered gold exploration and reality television. Still only 25, he has excelled at both for a decade. What will he do next? 

Tom Ford: the perfectionist who rescued Gucci

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Tom Ford made his name by pushing the “sex sells” mantra to extremes in the 1990s. But his latest collections and products have been tailored for a different age.

T Boone Pickens: the maverick who shook up Big Oil

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T Boone Pickens, who died recently aged 91, was a shareholder activist before it was cool and made billions of dollars in the oil trade before becoming an unlikely proponent of green energy.

Archie Norman: can the turnaround king save M&S?

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Archie Norman is a retail grandee with a reputation for rescuing sinking ships. There were hopes he might do the same for Britain’s national high-street institution, but his old magic may be failing him.

David Koch: the billionaire who reshaped US politics

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David Koch, who has died aged 79, was a kind and generous man, a great benefactor of charitable causes and the arts. But his influence on political life was resented by many.

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? 

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