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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.

The downfall of Mike Lynch, “Britain’s Bill Gates”

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Mike Lynch is an outstandingly clever and stimulating character who sold his “tech darling”, Autonomy,  for $11.7bn in 2011.  Since then he’s been mired in legal wranglings over that sale.

Denise Coates: the quiet queen of online betting

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Denise Coates set up a business from a portable office in a car park in Stoke on Trent in the early 2000s. What she built from there was a money-printing machine. Jane Lewis reports.

Stan Lee: the likeable hustler who remade the comic

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Stan Lee may never have written the Great American Novel he dreamed of, but his superhero creations were beloved by millions and he created a franchise that made billions.

Andrew Yang: start-up expert aiming for the US presidency

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Andrew Yang cut his teeth in the dotcom bubble before establishing a US-wide business. Now he wants to lead his country and introduce a “freedom dividend”. Jane Lewis reports.

Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha: duty-free king with the Midas touch

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Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha made his fortune in Thailand before buying Leicester City for a song. He then helped the club overcome odds of 5,000-1 to win the Premier League.

Philip Green: a knight in tarnished armour

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Philip Green worked his way up from difficult circumstances to become the king of the high street. But his runaway ego has always been his greatest enemy.

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