Start up: Collison brothers earn their Stripe

John and Patrick Collison in their San Francisco apartment

The Irish brothers who moved to the US and founded Stripe, an online payments start-up valued at $1.75bn

Dickie Bannenberg in the kitchen area of his home in Fulham
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Shipping forecast

Yacht designer Dickie Bannenberg talks about his father’s influence and future trends in the industry

Veronica Chou in the sitting room of her Beijing penthouse
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Material girl

Heiress Veronica Chou talks about her fashion business and her Beijing ‘courtyard house in the sky’

Veronica Chou in the sitting room of her Beijing penthouse
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Veronica Chou at home in Beijing

The textiles heiress gives a tour of her ‘authentic’ penthouse

Professor Sir Edwin Southern in the garden of his home in the Scottish Borders
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Professor Sir Edwin Southern

DNA research by the world-renowned biochemist could lead to a healthcare revolution – but at what cost?

Daniel Libeskind
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New York architect Daniel Libeskind

The man behind the World Trade Center master plan and Berlin’s Jewish Museum explains why buildings are ‘portals to the past’

Lisa Anderson
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Lisa Anderson’s valuable lessons

The Middle East specialist on guiding the American University in Cairo through turbulent times

Frank Schilling
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Frank Schilling – lord of his domain

The internet entrepreneur on why the website-naming industry will be the next boom business

At Home with David Heyman... David Heyman is an English film producer. © photograph by David Sandison +44 7710 576 445 +44 208 979 6745
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David Heyman’s launch pad

The producer of Oscar-nominated ‘Gravity’ and the ‘Harry Potter’ movies gives a tour of his London home

David Heyman in his house in central London
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Film producer David Heyman

The Oscar-nominated producer of ‘Gravity’ reflects on the ‘mad world’ of movie-making

Man of the world: Kamalesh Sharma

The secretary-general of the Commonwealth on why his institution is a force for global good

Chelsea Pensioner Brian Cummings

The former soldier talks about tradition and life in a 17th-century hospital in prime central London

Jane Goodall, eco warrior

The renowned primatologist on her latest cause for concern: the downward spiral of humanity

Vishaan Chakrabarti, architect and urbanist

The advocate for high-density living on why he wants to lure people away from the suburban American Dream

Rachel Kyte, envoy for change

The World Bank Group’s new vice-president talks about her mission to raise climate awareness

Lord Singh, Sikh campaigner

The fight for justice over the possible involvement of the British government in the 1984 attack on Amritsar’s Golden Temple

Rao Yi, neurobiologist with attitude

The Peking University professor explains why he renounced his US citizenship and returned to China

Simply stylish: Margaret Howell

The British clothing designer with 88 stores in Japan on how rejection by the BBC led her to a career in design

Riders for Health founder Andrea Coleman

One of 2013’s Women of the Year winners on why she is trying to turn health workers in Africa into bikers

The data guardian: Sir Nigel Shadbolt

Data are used to hold governments to account – and to spy on the individual. John Sunyer meets the professor engineering a balance