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Jerome Powell: Trump’s annoyingly normal Fed chair

Jerome Powell is the first Federal Reserve chair in over four decades without an economics degree, but he has already demonstrated his ability to learn on the job. Jane Lewis reports.

India’s diamond king Nirav Modi loses his sparkle

Jewellery baron Nirav Modi has become caught up in what may be the subcontinent’s biggest-ever financial scandal. It’s a huge fall from grace for a man who wanted to take on Cartier and Tiffany. Jane Lewis reports.

Michael Ferro: the man who failed to fix journalism

US tech investor Michael Ferro had grand plans to transform newspapers for the digital age. But with the sale of the Los Angeles Times he seems to be retreating from those ambitions. Jane Lewis reports.

Benjamin Netanyahu: the magician loses his midas touch

The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu is known for his liking for high-living and gifts from rich friends. That may now prove to be his downfall. Jane Lewis reports.

Markus Jooste: the boytjie and the missing billions

Markus Jooste built a small South African furniture firm into a global retail empire. Then everything fell apart amid claims of a €6bn black hole in the accounts. Jane Lewis reports.

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.

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