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Tidjane Thiam, outgoing Pru boss

News that an insurance man is to head Credit Suisse has been well received, says Patrick Jenkins

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Antonello Fava, Italian coastguard

The man who has saved hundreds of migrants from the sea, write Rachel Sanderson and Giulia Segreti

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Emmanuel Macron, French economy minister

The politician is rewriting the rule book for country’s socialism, writes Anne-Sylvaine Chassany

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Jon Stewart, television satirist

His daily take on politics has kept America’s TV screens from going dark, writes Matthew Garrahan

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Yanis Varoufakis, finance minister

An Athenian boxer is fighting the good financial fight for Greece

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Maria das Graças Foster

Brazil oil major head’s career looks likely to end with corruption scandal, writes Samantha Pearson

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Andrei Zvyagintsev

In ‘Leviathan’, the controversial film-maker delivers a blistering critique of life under Putin

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Prime time for Woody Allen

An Amazon TV series is the latest project for the 79-year-old comic with a relentless work ethic

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Novelist Haruki Murakami resurfaces

After decades shunning publicity, the surrealist writer is taking to the web — as an agony uncle

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Lei Jun, China’s smartphone billionaire

The man behind the world’s most valuable start-up

A studio boss caught in real-life thriller

Sony Pictures hack jeopardises not just co-chair’s job but free speech, writes Matthew Garrahan

Stephen Hawking: Superhero of science

The life and works of the astrophysicist enthral the public in his books and on the big screen

Joshua Wong, teen in fight with Beijing

Hong Kong protest leader is counting on youth power to secure democracy

Magnus Carlsen, an unlikely chess master

He moonlights as a model, naps on the job, skips homework – and snuffs out every rival

Taylor Swift: a star dimming Spotify

Singer’s lyrics conceal a shrewd mind and a pursuit of profit, writes Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

Kevin Feige: the nerd who made Marvel hot

Full immersion in the studio’s comic heritage helped the shy showman create box-office gold

Patrick Pouyanné, the Total package

French oil company’s new chief is a forceful presence and tough boss

Abby Johnson: Leader of Fidelity

The fund manager’s new chief has inherited not only her father’s role but also his devotion to it

Patrick Modiano: Shyness and a dark past

Fans say the Nobel laureate for literature has his own genre, writes Anne-Sylvaine Chassany

Best of 2014: Peter Piot - Ebola’s foe

Best of 2014: A pioneering virologist has learnt the virtues of patience, diplomacy – and action, write Clive Cookson and Andrew Jack

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