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The cookie crumbles for Luke Johnson

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Serial entrepreneur and business pundit Luke Johnson was supposed to have a knack for spotting successful restaurant formats. The Patisserie Valerie scandal has taken a bite out of his reputation. Jane Lewis reports.

Jair Bolsonaro: the Trump of the Tropics set to lead Brazil

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Pervasive corruption in Latin America’s biggest economy threatens to propel another populist to power. Jair Bolsonaro, a brash, misogynistic former army captain, could wreak havoc. Jane Lewis reports.

Yusaku Maezawa: the punk embarking on a space oddity

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Japanese fashion tycoon and billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has bagged a seat on Elon Musk’s trip round the moon. That will crown an already impressive journey from the suburbs.

Jim Chanos: the short-seller who called Enron

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Jim Chanos has such a good long-term record betting on share price declines that he is known as “the catastrophe capitalist”. But he has struggled since the financial crisis. Jane Lewis reports.

Julian Dunkerton: Superdry’s serial entrepreneur

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Julian Dunkerton started out selling clothes at a stall in Cheltenham in 1985. Now he has built a global brand present in 46 countries and is venturing into drinks and hotels. Jane Lewis reports.

The villains behind the financial crisis

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Ten years on, perhaps the most surprising thing about the financial crisis is the fact that almost everyone involved got away scot-free. Below, Jane Lewis looks at five of the main culprits – and where they are now.

Aliko Dangote: Africa’s humble King of Cement

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An audacious project to build a vast oil refinery in Nigeria could be the crowning achievement of African tycoon Aliko Dangote’s already impressive CV, reports Jane Lewis.

Trevor Hemmings: the flat-cap billionaire battling RBS

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When leisure tycoon Trevor Hemmings lost a large chunk of money in the 2008 banking bail out, he joined the shareholders’ fight for compensation. A decade later, he’s still going. Jane Lewis reports.

Alexis Tsipras: from Greek Corbyn to EU poster boy

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Alexis Tsipras, who leads the far-left Syriza party, took part in school sit-ins and named his son after Che Guevara. Then he morphed into a pragmatist who kept Greece in the euro. Jane Lewis reports.

Mike Ashley: building the Harrods of the high street

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Mike Ashley, the billionaire bruiser who founded Sports Direct, is gradually taking his brand upmarket. His track record suggests we shouldn’t dismiss his chances of reviving House of Fraser. Jane Lewis reports.

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