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Markus Persson: a gaming superstar

The shy creator of ‘Minecraft’ has sold out to Microsoft for $2.5bn and quit his company

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Ana Botín, a scion of Spanish finance picks up the torch

The daughter of the late Santander chief was primed for the job from youth, writes Patrick Jenkins

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Jorge Mendes, broker for football’s elite

The agent controls the game’s primary commodity – top talent, say Simon Kuper and Peter Wise

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Daniel Schwartz, an expert at the quick flip

Burger King’s chief has displayed both self-belief and financial wizardry

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Imran Khan, playboy turned politician

Run out last year, the former cricketer is now marching on Islamabad, writes Victor Mallet

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Joseph Safra, the man behind banana bid

The Brazilian took many aback when he set out to buy Chiquita

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Boris Johnson: sights set on the Tory crown

He is more than just a bit of fun but there are voters who back him as such, says Janan Ganesh

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A down-to-earth industrialist takes on the Tata inheritance

The Indian group’s first non-family head must deliver

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Joko Widodo, Mr Clean turned ‘accidental’ president

Many like him because he has ‘the face of someone from the village’. He also has a personal fortune of $2.5m

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Tony O’Reilly, tycoon who gambled and lost

The rise and fall of Ireland’s premier businessman mirrors his country’s fate

Carlos Slim, Mexico’s mogul of mobile

A new monopoly-busting law could yet prove fruitful for the telecoms tycoon

The self-styled caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

The Iraqi jihadi is using savagery and social media to extend his influence

Fabien Cousteau, scion of ocean explorers

The grandson of Jacques inherits a family trait of pushing underwater limits, writes Pilita Clark

Paul Singer, the hedge fund holdout

The rightwing fund manager plays hardball on both distressed debt and gay marriage

Shane Smith, the mogul hero of millennials

The hard-partying Vice co-founder built an anarchic magazine into a $2bn media brand

Felipe, a prince fit to burnish the crown

The next king of Spain will need to work hard to restore faith in the Bourbons, writes Tobias Buck

Dr Dre, hip-hop billionaire

Entrepreneurial flair has propelled the rap star from Compton to Cupertino

Narendra Modi, outsider to lead India

The biggest challenge now will be to fulfil the expectations the BJP’s campaign has generated, says Victor Mallet

Jeremy Clarkson: the BBC’s serial offender

The ‘Top Gear’ frontman is one of TV’s most popular presenters, writes Peter Aspden

Ian Read: pragmatist turned dealmaker

Appointed to bring stability, the Pfizer chief is exhibiting a taste for deals


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