Rob Rhinehart

Lunch with the FT: Rob Rhinehart
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Over double desserts in LA, the inventor of a ‘future food’ says our eating habits are stuck in the industrial revolution

Eddie Jones
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Eddie Jones, rugby coach

The England head rugby coach talks about man-management and wooing Japanese fans

Illustration by James Ferguson of Philip Tetlock
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Philip Tetlock, professor

The sage of ‘superforecasting’ talks about the Brexit curveball and why political pundits get it wrong

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, writer

The Nigerian novelist talks about race, hard-edged heroines and her optimism for her home country

Nikesh Arora
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Nikesh Arora, tech executive

Before his resignation, the tech Titan spoke about his love for his now ex-SoftBank boss

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Adair Turner, businessman and academic

The former FSA head talks to Martin Wolf about Brexit, his euro mistake and why George Osborne is ‘a bit of a gambler’

Cecily Brown
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Cecily Brown, painter

The New York art star talks to Jackie Wullschlager about Proust, painting and why motherhood meant ‘joining the human race’

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James Baker, former government official

The Republican grandee talks to FT editor Lionel Barber about Nixon’s culinary tastes, Reagan’s pragmatism and the meaning of Donald Trump

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Sidney Toledano, chief executive

Over boeuf and wine in Paris, Dior Couture’s boss tells how he tackled the Galliano racism row and why he’s in no rush to appoint a designer

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Carlo Ancelotti, football manager

The food-loving Italian football coach talks about managing galactic egos and how big businesses like his new club Bayern Munich can still be a family

Sean Penn, actor

The hellraising Oscar-winning actor on his activism and that infamous article with a Mexican drug kingpin

David Petraeus, public official

The former CIA head talks about ‘firing yourself’, hard lessons learnt, and why there’s no substitute for US leadership

Susan Wojcicki, tech executive

The YouTube boss tells Hannah Kuchler about reshaping entertainment and being a woman in Silicon Valley

Jin Liqun, politician

The man behind the Chinese bank that upset the US meets Jamil Anderlini at a fast-food joint in Beijing

Sheikh Hamad Bin-Jaber al-Thani, politician

As Qatar’s PM he invested in Britain and intervened in the Arab Spring. He talks to Roula Khalaf about what went right — and what went wrong

Nigel Farage, politician

‘I am what I am,’ the Ukip leader tells Henry Mance over six pints, a bottle of wine and two large glasses of port

Mikhail Fridman, businessman

The oligarch on battles with BP and the ‘moral duty’ of rich Russians

Yanis Varoufakis, economist

‘My view was don’t swerve’: Greece’s crisis, according to its former finance minister

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, politician

Africa’s first female head of state on bringing stability to Liberia

Thaksin Shinawatra, politician

Thailand’s plutocrat former PM on why he’s ‘not crazy’ to take back power


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