Joe Cummings illustration - Ralph Lauren

Ralph Lauren, designer of American dream

A changing of the guard as the fashion boss hands the reins over, writes John Gapper

Joe Cummings illustration: Malcolm Turnbull
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Malcolm Turnbull, from Spycatcher to PM

Australia’s premier is a former lawyer who has grabbed his chance to shine, writes Jamie Smyth

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Jorgen Vig Knudstorp, Lego’s saviour

CEO of the toy industry’s biggest group gained leadership skills teaching toddlers

Joe Cummings illustration: Camila Batmanghelidjh

Befriender of the rich, champion of poor

The Kids Company founder garnered support by speaking poverty to power

Joe Cummings illustration of Alexis Tsipras
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Alexis Tsipras, taking Greece to brink

In a six-month stand-off, a man known as pragmatic is now considered a hardliner

Joe Cummings illustration: Hope Solo
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Hope Solo, footballer aims for redemption

The greatest goalie in women’s game faces battles on and off pitch, writes Megan Murphy

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Banksy, shadowy cipher lights up street

Stunts provide the marketing, the gallery works the cash flow, writes Edwin Heathcote

illustration of Li Hejun
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Li Hejun, a solar billionaire feels heat

A market plunge of less than an hour dethroned mainland China’s richest man, writes Lucy Hornby

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Floyd Mayweather, the king of the ring

A money-dripping showcase for boxing’s most extravagant talent, writes Janan Ganesh

Joe Cummings illustration of Guy Laliberte
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Guy Laliberté, Cirque du Soleil co-founder

The ‘sun king’ has just taken his circus brand to another level, writes Ludovic Hunter-Tilney

Tidjane Thiam, outgoing Pru boss

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

Antonello Fava, Italian coastguard

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

Emmanuel Macron, French economy minister

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

Jon Stewart, television satirist

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

Yanis Varoufakis, finance minister

An Athenian boxer is fighting the good financial fight for Greece

Maria das Graças Foster

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

Andrei Zvyagintsev

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

Prime time for Woody Allen

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

Novelist Haruki Murakami resurfaces

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

Lei Jun, China’s smartphone billionaire

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



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