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Jasper Conran

Jasper Conran

TASTEMAKER AND HOTELIER. Jasper Conran is a British designer who studied at Parsons School of Art and Design in New York. He has worked on collections of womenswear and for the home, as well as productions for the stage in ballet, opera and theatre. He opened his...

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Fanny Minesi

Fanny Minesi

A MISSION TO STOP EXTINCTION. Fanny Minesi is General Director of Friends of Bonobos - Les Amis des Bonobos du Congo (ABC). Her organisation operates the world’s only sanctuary – Lola ya Bonobo - and only rewilding site for bonobos – Ekolo ya Bonobo. Raised in the...

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Macarena Garcia Marin

Macarena Garcia Marin

THE DAWN OF THE UNIVERSE. Macarena Garcia Marin is Project Scientist in the Webb Mission Office in Baltimore, Maryland. The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is the most advanced eye into the cosmos humans have ever had. Webb cost over $10 billion, took 17 years to...

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Caius Pawson

Caius Pawson

ON TREND. Caius Pawson founded the independent British record label Young in 2005, initially as a series of raves and gigs known as Young Turks. Young now works across a broad spectrum of the arts and sits within the Beggars Group of record labels. Young’s evolution...

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Suzanne Heywood

Suzanne Heywood

BREAKING FREE. Suzanne Heywood sailed around the world as a child with her family. Despite limited access to formal education, she won a place at Oxford University, became a civil servant, and is now a successful business leader and a bestselling author. Her recent...

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Costis Maglaras

Costis Maglaras

POSTGRADUATE EDUCATION AT A TIME OF TECHNOLOGY AND TENSION. Costis Maglaras is the Dean of Columbia Business School, and the David and Lyn Silfen Professor of Business at Columbia University. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from Imperial College, London,...

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Francine Lacqua

Francine Lacqua

CHRONICLING CAPITALISM. Francine Lacqua is the London-based award-winning anchor of the Bloomberg Television daily weekday programme The Pulse with Francine Lacqua. She also presents Leaders with Lacqua and is a Bloomberg editor-at-large, fluent in English, Italian...

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Mazdak Sanii

Mazdak Sanii

OPENING THE DOORS OF ARTISTS. Mazdak Sanii is Founder and CEO of Avant Arte, a London and Amsterdam based company which brings the work of outstanding contemporary artists to new generations of collectors. Of Zoroastrian heritage - Mazdak’s father was born in Tehran...

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John Pearse

John Pearse

CONVIVIAL CELEBRITY CLOTH CUTTER. John Pearse has been tailor to an eclectic range of stars such as Mick Jagger and Jimi Hendrix and gentlemen with bohemian taste for many years. Now aged 77, for the last 40 years he has worked from his shop in Meard Street, in the...

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Francis Kurkdjian

Francis Kurkdjian

A MARK OF LOVE. Francis Kurkdjian, Dior’s Perfume Creation Director since 2021 is now launching his new signature fragrance L’OR de J’adore.Francis Kurkdjian, what did you want to become when you were a young boy?  I was born and raised in a family where art was very...

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Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo

ECONOMIC GROWTH AND HUMAN PROGRESS. Dambisa Moyo is a Zambian-born economist and writer whose books, articles, and public lectures centre on the creation of wealth in a global economy.You can listen to the podcast of this interview here. Dambisa Moyo, in 2022 you were...

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Esther da Costa Meyer

Esther da Costa Meyer

THE SASSOONS: A FASCINATING FAMILY. Esther da Costa Meyer is Professor emerita in the Department of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University, and Visiting Professor at the Yale School of Architecture. She has worked on both modern and contemporary architecture, on...

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Stephen Buchmann

Stephen Buchmann

INSPIRED BY BEES. Stephen Buchmann is a pollination ecologist specializing in bees. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Departments of Entomology and Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Arizona and a Fellow of the Linnean Society of London who works...

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Nathan Heller

Nathan Heller

THE VALUE OF THE HUMANITIES. Nathan Heller is a staff writer at The New Yorker, an American weekly magazine featuring journalism, commentary, criticism, essays, fiction, satire, cartoons, and poetry, in which he often writes about technology, higher education, and...

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Ivor Braka

Ivor Braka

WORKING FROM HOME. Ivor Braka is an art dealer and collector who works privately from his home in London rather than a gallery. For many years he has also been involved in the restoration of Gunton Park in North Norfolk, where he now owns and runs two celebrated...

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Charlotte Casiraghi

Charlotte Casiraghi

A SENSE OF FREEDOM. Charlotte Casiraghi is an ambassador and spokesperson for the House of CHANEL. The 36-year-old is the eighth in line to the Monegasque throne because she is the daughter of Princess Caroline, the eldest daughter of the late Grace, Princess of...

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Imran Amed

Imran Amed

MEDITATION CHANGED MY LIFE. Imran Amed is founder, editor-in-chief and CEO of The Business of Fashion, often known as BoF, a modern media company dedicated to the world of fashion, luxury and beauty. He is one of the fashion industry’s leading writers, thinkers and...

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Philippe Starck

Philippe Starck

A CONTINUUM OF CREATIVITY. Philippe Starck is a French creator known for his wide range of designs, including interior design, architecture, household objects, furniture, boats and other vehicles.You can listen to the podcast of this interview here. Philippe Starck,...

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Sophie Hicks

Sophie Hicks

I'D LOVE TO DO A HOTEL. Sophie Hicks is a British architect who was formerly a fashion editor. She has a unique understanding of how to create brand enhancing environments for her global client base.Sophie Hicks, your house in Kensington, London, where we are today is...

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Chemi Peres

Chemi Peres

INNOVATION IS THE PATH TO PEACE. Chemi Peres is a Managing Partner and was Co-Founder in 1993 of Pitango, Israel's largest venture capital fund with over $2.8 billion under management. Chemi is also Chairman of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, an independent...

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John Paulson

John Paulson

A MAJOR PHILANTHROPIST. John A. Paulson founded Paulson & Co., an investment management firm based in New York. In 2007 his multi-billion payoff shorting the overheated U.S. housing market made him a global industry superstar. He remains active in the markets.You...

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Francesca Amfitheatrof

Francesca Amfitheatrof

THE JOY OF CREATING JEWELLERY. Francesca Amfitheatrof is the Artistic Director Watches and Jewellery at Louis Vuitton. Born in Japan, Francesca Amfitheatrof has lived in Tokyo, Rome, Moscow, London and New York. Her cosmopolitan career is imbued with art, culture and...

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Tino Zervudachi

Tino Zervudachi

A WORLD OF GOOD TASTE. Tino Zervudachi is an internationally acclaimed decorator with an eclectic aesthetic. He has an illustrious clientele that includes some of the world’s most discerning business people, art collectors and bohemian aristocrats. His designs can be...

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Raffaele Trombetta

Raffaele Trombetta

A TIME OF TRANSITION. His Excellency Raffaele Trombetta was the Italian Ambassador to the United Kingdom from 29th January 2018 to October 5th 2022, leaving London after four and a half years, half a year longer than the normal stay. Brexit, Covid, the Queen’s...

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Marco Voena

Marco Voena

FROM CARAVAGGIO TO KOREA. Marco Voena is a distinguished art historian and art dealer who works in many countries. Robilant+Voena have galleries in London, Milan, New York and Paris. Today’s art dealers have to go to fairs around the world, the most famous being Art...

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Hindou Ibrahim

Hindou Ibrahim

NOMADIC BY NATURE. Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim is an advocate for the greater inclusion of indigenous peoples and their knowledge and traditions in the global movement to fight the effects of climate change. On September 1st 2022 she received the International DVF Award in Venice.

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Marco Balich

Marco Balich

THE LANGUAGE OF EMOTION. Marco Balich is the Founder, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of Balich Wonder Studio. Born in 1962, initially he studied to be a lawyer, but in 1989 Balich organised the extraordinary Pink Floyd concert on a floating stage in his...

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James Reginato

James Reginato

PIERCING THE MYTHS. James Reginato is a writer-at-large for Vanity Fair, an American monthly magazine of popular culture, fashion and current affairs. In his book, newly published by Simon & Schuster, titled GROWING UP GETTY, The Story of America’s Most...

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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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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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