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Diana Widmaier-Picasso

Diana Widmaier-Picasso

PICASSO THE MAGUS. Diana Widmaier-Picasso was born in 1974 and is an art historian, curator, and specialist in modern art. The maternal granddaughter of Pablo Picasso and Marie-Thérèse Walter, she is the daughter of Maya Widmaier-Picasso. Diana holds master’s degrees...

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Alejandro Aravena

Alejandro Aravena

BUILDING TOWARDS EQUALITY. Alejandro Aravena is a Chilean architect and executive director of the firm Elemental S.A. In 2016 he won the Pritzker Architecture Prize, architecture’s highest honour, and was the director and curator of the Architecture Section of the...

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Roberto Cicutto

Roberto Cicutto

AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS. Roberto Cicutto was appointed President of La Biennale di Venezia on February 2020, overseeing the city’s prestigious art and architecture biennials as well as the film, dance, theatre and music festivals. Cicutto is a native Venetian and a film...

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Fabrizio Moretti

Fabrizio Moretti

TOP QUALITY. Fabrizio Moretti’s new London gallery in Duke Street, St. James’s, will open on July 1st 2022. The gallery will focus on Old Master paintings and sculptures for top clients and museums. A piece of extraordinary news is that Letizia Treves, one of the...

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Dior DeCupper

Dior DeCupper

SAVING THE PLANET ONE MEAL AT A TIME. Dior DeCupper was appointed CEO of Meatless Farm in December 2021. Meatless Farm is a plant based food company that now has offices in Leeds, Amsterdam, New York and Singapore. The Plant Based Food world is a fast growing and...

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Jean Todt

Jean Todt

SAFETY FIRST. Jean Todt is a French motor racing executive and former rally co-driver. He was Peugeot Talbot Sport’s director and then Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team principal, before being appointed CEO of Ferrari from 2004 to 2008. From 2009 to 2021 he served as...

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Brent Hoberman

Brent Hoberman

AN ENTREPRENEUR WITH IMPACT. Brent Hoberman is Co-Founder and Chairman of Founders Factory, Founders Forum and firstminute Capital. He co-founded lastminute.com in 1998, was CEO from its inception, and sold it in 2005 to Sabre for $1.1bn. He also co-founded Made.com...

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Delfina Delettrez Fendi

Delfina Delettrez Fendi

SILENT MESSAGES. Delfina Delettrez Fendi is a designer and jeweller based in Rome, Italy. She founded her namesake label Delfina Delettrez in 2007, creating fashion jewellery and fine jewellery pieces in partnership with local goldsmiths and artisans. Celebrities...

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Andy Harries

Andy Harries

PASSION PROJECTS. Andy Harries produces television series including The Crown and Outlander. He is chief executive and co-founder of LEFT BANK Pictures, a multi-award winning independent production company launched in 2007 to make high-end film and television for the...

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Saad Mohseni

Saad Mohseni

NIMBLE AND QUICK. Saad Mohseni is co-founder and Chairman of MOBY Group, which has brought top tier news and media content to emerging and frontier markets over the past two decades. Mohseni also serves on the Advisory Board of the International Crisis Group, an...

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Roula Khalaf

Roula Khalaf

DOING BRILLIANTLY. Roula Khalaf is the Editor of the Financial Times (FT). Born in Beirut, after studying in the United States at Syracuse University and Columbia University she first worked for Forbes magazine. From 1995 she was a foreign correspondent at the FT, and...

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Whitney Hawkings

Whitney Hawkings

BEAUTIFUL FLOWERS AND A BEAUTIFUL EXPERIENCE. Whitney Bromberg Hawkings is the Founder and CEO of the online flower shop FLOWERBX. Originally from Dallas, Texas, she was formerly Senior Vice President of Communications at Tom Ford and before that the Director of...

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Francesco Starace

Francesco Starace

THE FUTURE OF ENERGY. Francesco Starace graduated at the Polytechnic University in Milan with a degree in Nuclear Engineering. He has been Chief Executive Officer and General Manager of Enel S.p.A. since May 2014. Enel is a multinational company in the energy sector...

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Jorge Cauz

Jorge Cauz

UNDERSTANDING THE WORLD WE LIVE IN. Jorge Cauz is the Chief Executive of the Britannica Group since May 2021. The global knowledge leader has a mission to inspire curiosity and the joy of learning. The Britannica Group serves the needs of students, educators, lifelong...

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Fabio Finotti

Fabio Finotti

A DESTINATION POINT IN NEW YORK. I am at the Italian Cultural Institute in New York in the office of the Director, Professor Fabio Finotti, a distinguished Italianist. He is professor emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia and the author of...

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Rémi Tessier

Rémi Tessier

THE CHALLENGE OF QUALITY. Rémi Tessier was trained in France as a cabinet maker. Since opening his studio in 1988 he has joined the ranks of the world’s most admired designers for private boats and planes, working globally with the best craftsmen.  You can listen to...

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Kim Jones

Kim Jones

ON THE ROAD WITH DIOR. British menswear designer Kim Jones is a graduate of Central St Martins. He has worked with high profile fashion brands including Dunhill, Louis Vuitton, Mulberry, Alexander McQueen, Hugo Boss, Iceberg, Topman and Uniqlo. In 2018 he joined Dior...

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Virgilio Sacchini

Virgilio Sacchini

CARING FOR THE CARERS. Dr Virgilio Sacchini is a surgeon who specializes in the treatment of breast cancer, with academic experience at Cornell University in New York and University of Milan in Europe.  In all his life he was involved in clinical trials increasing...

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Anselm Kiefer

Anselm Kiefer

PAINTING WITH THE POETS. Born in Donaueschingen, Germany, the artist Anselm Kiefer has lived in France since 1992. He lives in Paris and Barjac, near Avignon, where he has created his foundation. He works in Croissy, outside of Paris, where this interview took place....

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James Thornton

James Thornton

THE EARTH IS MY CLIENT. James Thornton is the founding CEO of ClientEarth, an environmental charity using the law to create powerful change that protects life on Earth. James launched ClientEarth in 2007, sparking fundamental change in the way environmental...

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Giacomo Cattaneo

Giacomo Cattaneo

A LONG HISTORY OF VINICULTURE. Giacomo Cattaneo Adorno is Genovese by family and grew up in Brazil. He is the current Marquis of Gabiano, whose “Castello di Gabiano” in the Piedmont Region of north-west of Italy has a long and fascinating history. Giacomo Cattaneo and...

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Maurice Lévy

Maurice Lévy

THE POWER OF ONE. Maurice Lévy is Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Publicis Groupe, the French multinational advertising and public relations company that has overtaken all other ad holding companies to become the world’s No.1 agency group in terms of market...

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Luciano Violante

Luciano Violante

NEW WORLDS. Luciano Violante is President of Fondazione Leonardo Civiltà delle Macchine (The Leonardo Foundation – Machine Civilization) whose goal is to bridge humanistic and industrial cultures. He is a former Italian magistrate, politician and academic. He was a...

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Kerry Kennedy

Kerry Kennedy

FIGHTING FOR DIGNITY. Kerry Kennedy is President of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, founded in 1968 after the assassination of her father. She has devoted more than 40 years to the pursuit of equal justice, the promotion and protection of basic rights, and the...

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Yu Jie

Yu Jie

WHICH ROADS WILL CHINA FOLLOW TOWARDS 2035? Dr Yu Jie is senior research fellow on China in the Asia-Pacific Programme at Chatham House, focusing on the decision-making process of Chinese foreign policy as well as China’s economic diplomacy. Chatham House, also known...

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Denis Olivennes

Denis Olivennes

IN PRAISE OF PROGRESS. Denis Olivennes is a senior French civil servant, entrepreneur and essayist. Among other things, he was the boss of Canal +, Nouvel Observateur, Europe 1 radio, Elle and Paris Match. Since June 2020, Denis Olivennes has been shareholder and...

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Saskia de Rothschild

Saskia de Rothschild

AN EXTRAORDINARY LOVE OF NATURE. Saskia de Rothschild became the youngest person to lead a first growth Bordeaux wine estate in 2018 at the age of 31. The first female chairwoman of Domaines Barons de Rothschild (Lafite) in six generations of the family's global wine...

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Tania Compton

Tania Compton

A VERY VERSATILE GARDENER. Lady Tania Compton spent 12 years as Garden Editor for British House & Garden. Since 2005 she has concentrated on her landscape practice.You can listen to the podcast of this interview here. Tania Compton, were you raised in the country?...

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Thomas du Pré de Saint Maur

Thomas du Pré de Saint Maur

THE CREATIVE CHALLENGE OF CHANEL. Thomas du Pré de Saint Maur is head of Global Creative Resources for Chanel Fragrance, Beauty, Watches and Jewelry. In 2021 the world’s most famous perfume, CHANEL N°5, is 100 years old.You can listen to the podcast of this interview...

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Pierpaolo Piccioli

Pierpaolo Piccioli

THE ARTISTIC VOICE OF FASHION. Pierpaolo Piccioli is Creative Director of the luxury fashion house Valentino S.p.A. based in Rome. His July 15 2021 couture show at the Venice Biennale of Architecture was acclaimed as being at a new level of meaningful collaboration...

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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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