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Matteo Salvini: the Everyman leader dividing Italy

Matteo Salvini has helped lead the populists to power in Italy. But does the middle-class ex-communist who has never held a job outside politics have any coherent vision for his country? Jane Lewis reports.

Trump’s political fixer comes unstuck

US President Donald Trump is sticking by his personal lawyer, Michael Cohen – even as the allegations of a “cash for access” scandal mount up against him. Jane Lewis reports.

Naguib Sawiris: betting on a crisis; hoping for peace

Only a brave or very foolhardy investor would put money into North Korea. But Egyptian telecoms billionaire Naguib Sawiris has never been afraid of taking risks. Jane Lewis reports.

Renaud Laplanche: the sailor who revolutionised banking

Renaud Laplanche dreamed of being a yachtsman. He became a fintech pioneer instead – but he’s been forced to navigate some choppy waters in his chosen industry. Jane Lewis reports.

Terry Gou’s relentless race for profits

Hon Hai Precision Industry is no household name, but the company assembles many of the world’s top-selling gadgets. Now its hard-driving founder has even bigger ambitions. Alex Rankine reports.

Vincent Bolloré: the scourge of genteel French firms

Vincent Bolloré built his family paper-making firm into a conglomerate that sells everything from electric cars to Madonna’s music. Now he’s been accused of interfering in African elections. Jane Lewis reports.

Money makers: Why I told the Dragons “no deal”

Rimi Thapar © LoveRaw

Rimi Thapar went on TV’s Dragons’ Den looking for funding for her vegan food company, LoveRaw – but she wouldn’t accept any offer at any price.

Martin Sorrell: Adland Napoleon meets his Waterloo

Martin Sorrell built up a huge advertising empire with WPP. Now, after 31 years at the helm, he is leaving under a cloud – and his company and industry face unprecedented upheaval. Jane Lewis reports.

Viktor Orbán: the populist throttling Hungary

Former Hungarian dissident Viktor Orbán was once a champion of a liberal, open society. Now that he’s entrenched in power, critics say he’s the chief danger to it. Jane Lewis reports.

The baby-faced beast of Berlaymont

Arch-federalist Martin Selmayr, who engineered Jean-Claude Juncker’s ascent to the European Commission presidency, is emerging as a pivotal power broker in European politics. Jane Lewis reports.

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