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Mike Ashley: building the Harrods of the high street

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Mike Ashley, the billionaire bruiser who founded Sports Direct, is gradually taking his brand upmarket. His track record suggests we shouldn’t dismiss his chances of reviving House of Fraser. Jane Lewis reports.

Patrick Soon-Shiong: the doctor tackling fake news

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Patrick Soon-Shiong made a $9bn fortune in biotechnology. Now he wants to spend it curing a very different kind of disease – the spread of bad journalism. Jane Lewis reports.

The wit and wisdom of Sergio Marchionne

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The death of Sergio Marchionne, the “saviour” of Fiat and Chrysler, leaves a massive gap in the leadership of the global car industry, reports Jane Lewis.

Kylie Jenner: the reality-TV star making a billion

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A self-made businesswoman, or just famous for being famous? Either way, Kylie Jenner is on track to become the youngest billionaire on record. Jane Lewis reports.

James Benamor: Britain’s billionaire subprime lender

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James Benamor escaped a troubled childhood and survived the 2008 financial crisis. Now he has carved out a profitable niche in a controversial industry. Jane Lewis reports.

Stefano Pessina: the alchemist turning drugs into gold

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Over 50 years and more than 1,500 deals, Stefano Pessina turned a struggling family firm into an international healthcare giant. What’s his next target? Jane Lewis reports.

Atul Gawande: the writer shaking up US medicine

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Atul Gawande doesn’t have the sort of CV you’d expect for someone running a healthcare joint venture between Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPMorgan. That’s exactly why he was chosen. Jane Lewis reports.

Anthony Bourdain: pot washer who made the big time

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Anthony Bourdain was the bad boy of the restaurant trade who wanted to eat his way to world peace.

Carlos Ghosn: the Machiavelli of the motor industry

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Carlos Ghosn, aka “Le Cost Killer”, managed to resuscitate Renault and Nissan in the 1990s and 2000s. But can he stay ahead of the game in the era of electric and self-driving cars? Jane Lewis reports.

The deal-maker with a point to prove

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Over 35 years, Martin Gilbert has built a small Scottish investment trust into a £660bn powerhouse. Yet the jury is still out on how successful his constant deal-making has been. Jane Lewis reports.

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