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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.

Dietrich Mateschitz: late bloomer gets a boost from Red Bull

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It took Dietrich Mateschitz a decade to get his degree, then he moved into business. But it was a syrupy concoction in Thailand that gave him the idea that made him a billionaire. 

Peter Hargreaves: an upset for the world’s happiest billionaire

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Peter Hargreaves created a FTSE 100 company from scratch without borrowing or acquisition – and without scandal – at least until the Woodford one blew up in its face. 

Rock-star fund manager Woodford gets booed off stage

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Neil Woodford had humble origins, but built an enthusiastic following among retail investors by promising to make them rich. Now, they’d just like their money back.

Amancio Ortega: the humble introvert who made a billion

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Amancio Ortega shook up the retail industry with his “fast-fashion” revolution. Now he’s the richest man in Spain and has a property empire bigger than the Duke of Westminster’s. 

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