James Gorman

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The head of Morgan Stanley on taking radical action on pay and the continuing attraction of Wall Street

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Saikhanbileg Chimed, government official

Mongolia’s prime minister talks foreign investment and China

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Sandro Veronesi, entrepreuner

Over horsemeat in Verona, the hosiery billionaire talks about socks, swimwear — and inflaming Italy’s opera establishment

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Arnab Goswami, news anchor

The abrasive TV star on why India will become the media capital of the world

Breakfast with the FT: Hervé Falciani
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Hervé Falciani, systems engineer

The HSBC whistleblower on Edward Snowden and fearing for his life

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Jessye Norman, opera singer

The soprano with a reputation for outlandish demands discusses racial stereotypes — and why being called a ‘diva’ is a compliment

Ray Kurzweil, author and computer scientist

The futurist on taking 100 pills a day, the thrill of inventing - and why ‘we’re going to overcome ageing’

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Matthew Weiner, director and producer

The creator of ‘Mad Men’ talks about bringing the show to an end

Axel Dumas

Axel Dumas, business executive

Jo Ellison eats lobster and talks waiting lists with the Hermès chief executive — and guardian of the Birkin

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Tony Hall, media executive

From the Jeremy Clarkson ‘fracas’ to protecting the licence fee, the BBC’s director-general always has a full in-tray. As he puts it, ‘You can’t just hang people every time things go wrong’

Sang-Hyun Song, lawyer

International Criminal Court’s outgoing president talks to Lionel Barber about wartime Korea, negotiating in Libya and the difficulties of bringing war crimes to trial

Barry Diller, businessman

Over a personalised meal in New York, the media mogul talks about surviving the 1970s, the art of reinvention and why Rupert Murdoch stands out from the conglomerate crowd

Amitav Ghosh, writer

Over a ‘Calcutta Chinese’ feast, novelist talks to David Pilling about the ‘cognitive problem’ that separates India and China, and completing his epic Ibis trilogy

He Jiahong, law professor

Over a buffet lunch in Beijing, the anti-corruption campaigner talks about writing crime novels — and how he won over his wife’s family

Francis Ford Coppola, film-maker

Over croissants at Claridge’s, the film director talks to Peter Aspden about switching from making films to making hotels and wine

Ginni Rometty, business executive

The IBM chief talks to Gillian Tett about having ‘cyber-conversations’ with half-a-million employees, machines making decisions and why she wishes they’d gone to Starbucks

Demis Hassabis, AI researcher

The DeepMind founder aims to make ‘machines smart’. Over dim sum in London’s West End, he talks to Murad Ahmed about artificial intelligence — and why eating is time wasted

Sir Stephen Wall, diplomat

Over a long diplomatic career, the former ambassador gave advice to British prime ministers. Then, in his sixties, he abandoned his religion and finally came out to his family as gay

Marc Andreessen, entrepreneur

The Netscape founder and tech investor talks about the trouble with stock markets, what he looks for in entrepreneurs and why illegal immigration is good for America

Richard Plepler, businessman

Amid growing challenges from rivals, HBO’s chief has to keep the hits coming. Over chicken in New York, he talks about creativity, the future of TV, and venting while running


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