Lee Kuan Yew, Singapore’s former PM

Pioneer of ‘authoritarian capitalism’ who led his country for more than 30 years

Malcolm Fraser, former Australia PM, dies

Leader who came to power amid controversy and evolved into elder statesman and activist

Daniel Topolski: Sportsman, coach and commentator, 1945-2015

Dandy who delivered a decade of Boat Race wins

Michael Graves, architect and designer, 1934-2015

Creator of the Alessi kettle seen as a leading figure of postmodernism

Sir Terry Pratchett, author, 1948-2015

Hugely popular writer of fantasy novels, including his Discworld series

Roofing for main sports facilities in the Munich Olympic Park for the 1972 Summer Olympics, 1968-1972 Munich, Germany
©Atelier Frei Otto Warmbronn

Frei Otto, German architect, 1925-2015

Pioneer with huge influence on modern architecture and first posthumous winner of Pritzker Prize

Lord Molyneaux, politician, 1920-2015

Leader of Ulster Unionist party sought to maintain status quo in Northern Irish politics

Irving Kahn, stockbroker, 1905-2015

Determined market doyen who delved deep for value

Chief who pulled AIG back from the brink

Robert Benmosche, who led insurer’s restructuring, dies aged 70

Reformer who challenged Putin’s grip

Opposition leader was closest thing Russia had to a popular, western politician

Star Trek star Leonard Nimoy dies

Actor best known for his role as Spock dies after lung disease battle

Jon Jerde, architect, 1940-2015

Creator of the urban mall as consumer spectacle

Nutella creator Ferrero dies at 89

Publicity-shy confectioner built fortune out of hazelnuts

David Carr, journalist, 1956-2015

David Carr, New York Times media correspondent, dies at 58

André Brink, novelist, 1935-2015

Novels laid bare the cruelty of a system imposed by the white Afrikaners from whose ranks he came

John Whitehead, banker, 1922-2015

Illinois native who helped transform Goldman Sachs into a global investment bank

Robert Pirie, lawyer, banker and bibliophile, 1934-2015

Finance whizz at equal ease with tycoons and rare tomes

Carl Djerassi, father of ‘the pill’, 1923-2015

Polymath who gave chemistry a public face of warmth and humanity

Richard von Weizsäcker, German president

Constructive critic who called for honesty about individuals’ complicity in Germany’s Nazi past

He Zhenliang, IOC delegate, 1929-2015

Polyglot who persisted until he landed Olympics


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