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BUSINESS AND FINANCE

Yossi Yamin

MAKING MEDICINES IN ORBIT. Yossi Yamin is the Chairman of SpacePharma, which provides researchers access to the unique environment of microgravity, using cutting edge remote controlled orbital labs. SpacePharma is headquartered in Courgenay, Switzerland, with research...

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Letizia Moratti

A RESPONSE TO THE CRISIS IN WELFARE SYSTEMS. Letizia Moratti is the former Rai (Radiotelevisione italiana) president, was the Italian Minister of Education, Universities and Research, served as the mayor of Milan, and today is Chairwoman of the Board for UBI Banca, a...

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Hiroshi Mikitani

THE POWER TO COMPETE. Born in Kobe in 1965, Hiroshi “Mickey” Mikitani is the founder and CEO of Rakuten, a Japanese company based in Tokyo that he started in 1997. Mikitani wanted to build a business that would empower people to pursue and fulfil their business dreams...

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Alberto Rocca

THE JOY OF CONSERVATION. Monsignor Alberto Rocca is a fellow at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana library in Milan, as well as being the director of the Pinacoteca (painting gallery), and director of the Class of Borromean Studies.As director of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana,...

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Giorgio La Malfa

THE DIVIDING QUESTION OF KEYNES. Giorgio La Malfa was a university professor and a leading light of the Italian Republican Party from 1972 to 2011. In his political career he was a Member of the Chamber of Deputies, Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, and...

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Angela Missoni

THE FAMILY OF FASHION. Angela Missoni is the creative director and president of Missoni, her family’s beloved knitwear brand, which has been popular since her parents started creating their psychedelic patterns and multi-coloured zigzag knitwear. Angela Missoni lives...

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George Osborne

A NEW CAREER. George Osborne is a British Conservative politician who was a Member of Parliament from 2001 to 2017. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer under David Cameron from 2010 to 2016. He has been Editor of the London Evening Standard since May 2017. If you...

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Caterina Valente

THE ARTISTS' HOTEL IN ROME. I meet with Caterina Valente at the Hotel Locarno, a five-star hotel in the historic centre of Rome. She is the owner and the soul of this hotel, which has a very strong bond with the world of art and culture; over the years it has offered...

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Andre Balazs

THE INSPIRATION OF HOSPITALITY. André Balazs and his father co-founded a biotechnology company called Biomatrix in 1988. André started to invest in properties a few years before their successful sale of Biomatrix in 2000, and he now owns and manages a string of...

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Turi Munthe

NEW MEDIAS. Turi Munthe is a journalist turned media entrepreneur and investor. He is the Founder of Parli, a 'wikipedia' for opinion, and a partner at North Base Media, where he invests in media and media technologies. Turi has founded several media companies...

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Aby Rosen

MAKING GOOD THINGS BETTER. Aby Rosen is an American-German real estate investor.  He runs RFR, one of the largest real estate companies in the United States, with his partner and best friend Michael Fuchs. They have known each other since nursery school in...

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Lucio Tasca D’Almerita

THE SICILIAN RENAISSANCE. Sicily and its capital city Palermo are enjoying something of a renaissance.  Lucio Tasca d’Almerita, “the Last Leopard”, is a Sicilian winemaker who is madly in love with Sicily, and he is doing everything that he can to protect its...

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Paddy McKillen

REINVENTING LONDON'S LEGENDARY LUXURY HOSPITALITY. International entrepreneur Paddy McKillen has a passion for the hospitality business and property development.  In 2004 he was part of a group that bought four of London’s 5 star hotels: Claridge’s, The Berkeley, The...

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Joseph Klafter

SHAPING HIS UNIVERSITY TO MEET THE NEEDS OF TOMORROW’S WORLD. Joseph Klafter has been the President of Tel Aviv University (TAU) since 2009, and he is also the Chair of the Committee of University Heads in Israel.   He is a professor of chemical physics and served as...

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David Snowdon

David Snowdon is Honorary Chairman, Christie’s EMERI (Europe, Middle East, Russia and India).  He is a craftsman who founded the bespoke design, furniture and cabinetry firm LINLEY.  His father Antony Armstrong-Jones became the 1st Earl of Snowdon after he married...

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Nadine Johnson

EXPRESSING THE ESSENTIAL Nadine Johnson runs a New York public relations firm that caters to a select international clientele. With her impeccable media and celebrity contacts, Nadine Johnson & Associates Inc. has the acumen of years at the cutting edge of public...

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Ian Wardropper

ON THE MOVE. Ian Wardropper is the Director of The Frick Collection in New York.  Internationally recognised as a premier museum and research centre, the Frick is known for its distinguished Old Master paintings and outstanding examples of European...

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Cherie Blair

EMPOWERING SISTERPRENEURS GLOBALLY. Cherie Blair CBE, QC, is a leading human rights lawyer, philanthropist and committed campaigner for women’s rights. In 2008, she established the Cherie Blair Foundation for Women, inspired by her experiences of meeting...

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James Canning-Cooke

A WHOLE NEW WAY OF THINKING ABOUT MONEY. James Canning-Cooke is Head of Research at Mulberry Tree Capital, one of the risk-managed hedge funds investing in leading digital currencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.  James went to Oxford University and networks with...

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Johnny de Falbe

THE BEST BOOKSHOP IN LONDON. Johnny de Falbe runs John Sandoe Books, the independent bookseller close to London’s Sloane Square where he has worked for over thirty years. John Sandoe Books is one of London’s foremost and best-loved independent bookshops, and is a...

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Giovanni Soldini

MASERATI MULTI 70 SKIPPER Giovanni Soldini has been sailing since he was a small boy.  Born in Milan in 1966, Soldini has over 25 years of making history in ocean racing to his credit, including two single-handed round the worlds.  With over 40 ocean crossings to his...

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Alain Ducasse

IN SEARCH OF PERFECTION. Alain Ducasse is one of the world’s most decorated chefs.  Known for his incomparable French cuisine, Alain Ducasse has created innovative dining concepts reflecting international influences, and consequently has earned a phenomenal global...

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Manolo Blahnik

FOR THE LOVE OF SHOES. Manolo Blahnik opened his first store in London on Old Church Street in Chelsea over 40 years ago.  The renowned shoe designer has expanded to London’s picturesque Burlington Arcade in order to sell both women's and men's shoes. You started...

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Nicolas Berggruen

GREAT TRANSFORMATIONS. Nicolas Berggruen’s mission as expressed through the Berggruen Institute is to develop foundational ideas and, through them, shape political, economic and social institutions for the 21st century.  In 2014 the Berggruen Institute formed a...

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Loyd Grossman

Loyd Grossman is chairman of The Royal Parks of London. The Royal Parks charity supports and manages London’s eight Royal parks, and other important open spaces.  Loyd has a long association with the arts and heritage sectors, and is also known for his work on...

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Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber is the Editor of the Financial Times (FT). Since his appointment in 2005, Lionel Barber has helped to transform the Financial Times into a multi-channel global news organisation, and during Barber's editorship the FT has won many international awards for...

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Francesco Barberis Canonico

VITALE BARBERIS CANONICO - SETTING TRENDS SINCE 1663.  There has been a Barberis Canonico fabric mill in the village of Pratrivero, in the province of Biella in Piedmont, Italy, since 1663.  Francesco Barberis Canonico, how did you keep the business in the family for...

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Minouche Shafik

A MOMENT OF TRANSITION. Dame Minouche Shafik is Director of LSE (The London School of Economics and Political Science).  LSE just won the Queen's Anniversary Prize for training, research and policy formation for cities of the future.  LSE Cities researches how to make...

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Laurence Graff

Laurence Graff OBE is an English jeweller, best known as the founder of Graff Diamonds, supplier of jewellery and jewels.  His fascination with the emotional power of gemstones has transformed the House of Graff into a global hallmark of innovation, creativity and...

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Aurelie Bidermann

French jewelry designer Aurélie Bidermann is renowned for her exquisite craftsmanship. Trained in gemology and with a Masters in art history, her eponymous fashion and fine collections are bohemian and draw on nature – think shells, leaves and animals. You studied art...

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Money Must Stay in the Family

The plot of Money Must Stay in the Family, unfolds around the family matriarch’s last will and traces the story of an upper class Jewish family from Turin, the fictional Ottolenghis. The multigenerational saga begins with the flight from Mussolini’s Racial Laws of 1938 and continues with the arrival in the Upper West Side of Manhattan and the dispersion from New York to Rome, Paris, Tuscany, South America, and Jerusalem.

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