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Ma Huateng: a scorpion who stays in the shadows

Ma Huateng, the co-founder of Chinese internet giant Tencent, lacks the profile of his namesake and rival at Alibaba, Jack Ma, but his aims are no less ambitious

George Weah: from football star to national saviour

George Weah faces a huge new challenge as president of the Republic of Liberia. Will the former Fifa World Player of the Year be able to fix the country’s problems? Jane Lewis reports.

Rebekah Mercer: the reclusive Republican kingmaker

Put on the spot by the vicious feuding at the White House, Rebekah Mercer had to choose sides.

Moscow’s It girl takes on Putin

Moscow talk-show host Ksenia Sobchak says she wants to unite the opposition against Putin. Can she be believed?

Stormy new course for rainbow nation

A quarter of a century ago, Cyril Ramaphosa couldn’t have imagined he was on the brink of securing the South African presidency.

Angola’s “Princess” dethroned

The fall from grace of Isabel dos Santos, the daughter of the former Angolan leader, has put a severe dent in her fortunes.

The curious twins who bet big on bitcoin

The Winklevoss twins may have lost out on Facebook, but they have won big on bitcoin.

Xavier Rolet and the bitter scrap that split the City

The sacking of London Stock Exchange boss Xavier Rolet prompted a huge row in the City.

The Sackler Dynasty: masters of the alchemy of marketing

The Sacklers face widespread accusations that they owe their wealth in part to the worst drugs crisis in US history.

Andrey Andreev: the visionary who reinvented dating

More than a decade after it was founded by Andrey Andreev, Badoo remains the world’s largest social network you’ve probably never heard of.

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