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Tim Martin: King of the Spoons

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Entrepreneur Tim Martin has been touring Britain trying to sell the idea of a no-deal Brexit.

Michael Moritz: the journalist who became a billionaire

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Michael Moritz was Time’s correspondent for Silicon Valley, but a falling out with the magazine saw him instead create what he had been reporting on. That was a lucrative move. Jane Lewis reports.

Tadashi Yanai: the lazy youth who found a gold mine

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Japanese billionaire Tadashi Yanai had a relaxed start to life, but since discovering a talent for high-street fashion, he is bent on world domination. Jane Lewis reports.

David Pecker: tabloid boss meets his nemesis

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David Pecker made a good living making the lives of the rich and famous the subject of national scandals. Now, he is the subject of his own. Jane Lewis reports.

Howard Schultz: the coffee king running for US president

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Howard Schultz, the man who took the Starbucks coffee chain global, has his eyes on America’s top job. But will he bottle it before the contest even begins?

Jack Bogle: the retail investor’s greatest champion

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Jack Bogle, founder of Vanguard, has died aged 89. He was the wit who invented index-tracking funds and helped destroy the self-serving myths of rapacious experts did all investors a great service. 

Herb Kelleher: the Yoda who democratised the skies

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Herb Kelleher, the best CEO in America according to Fortune magazine, was the inventor of the original low-cost airline. He died this month aged 87. Jane Lewis reports.

Ocado: an 18-year overnight success story

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No one, it seemed, believed that online supermarket Ocado would ever survive or thrive. True believer and co-founder Tim Steiner did – and he has been vindicated. Jane Lewis reports.

Albert Frère: the Warren Buffett of Belgium

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Albert Frère was a dealmaker with uncanny timing who transformed Europe’s steel, utilities and banking sectors in a career spanning more than 60 years.

Wagamama founder Alan Yau uses his noodle

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In 1988 Alan Yau turned his back on an academic career and opened a Chinese takeaway. The chain of canteen-style restaurants he launched later recently sold for record-breaking sums. Jane Lewis reports.

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