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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.

Uber: the great retreat from Asia

At first glance, Uber’s track record under founder Travis Kalanick’s successor doesn’t look great. But in fact, Dara Khosrowshahi is making all the right moves to get the ride-sharing group back on track, says Jane Lewis.

The rise of Igor Sechin – the Darth Vader of Russia

Igor Sechin holds no official position in the Kremlin, but many consider the Rosneft boss the most powerful man in Russia after the president. Will he determine Putin’s successor? Jane Lewis reports.

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.

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