The Fat Jew

The Fat Jew
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Over cocktails at a New York strip club, the online superstar explains why big brands want to cash in on his profane humour

Beppe Grillo, politician

Over seafood in Sardinia, the head of Italy’s biggest protest party talks about comedy and corrupt politics

Luke Waller's illustration of Sheikha Moza
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Sheikha Moza, philanthropist

Qatar’s former first lady talks about her expanding education empire, foreign ‘hypocrisy’ and ‘how to deal with wealth’

James Ferguson's illustration of Pavel Durov
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Pavel Durov, entrepreneur

The tech entrepreneur on founding Russia’s biggest social networking app, falling out with Putin and life as a global nomad

Illustration by James Ferguson of Thomas Piketty
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Thomas Piketty, professor

The French ‘rock-star’ economist on the eurozone, inequality and tax

Illustration by James Ferguson of Lunch with the FT interviewee Takashi Murakami
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Takashi Murakami, artist

Over two burgers in Tokyo, ‘Japan’s Andy Warhol’ talks to David Pilling about art, capitalism and the value of fantasy

Illustration by James Ferguson of Richard Desmond
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Richard Desmond, businessman

Over a bottle of Château Palmer, the media mogul calls the British prime minister ‘rude’, swears quite a lot and talks to Henry Mance about what to do with a billion in cash

Illustration of Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala
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Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, economist

Nigeria’s departing finance minister on her country’s new beginning and why she’ll never succumb to the ‘dark side’

James Ferguson illustration for Federico Marchetti Lunch with the FT
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Federico Marchetti, tech entrepreneur

The founder of online luxury retailer Yoox speaks to Jo Ellison about the ‘perfect’ merger with Net-a-Porter — and the shopping habits of different nations

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James Gorman, bank executive

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

Saikhanbileg Chimed, government official

Mongolia’s prime minister talks foreign investment and China

Sandro Veronesi, entrepreneur

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

Arnab Goswami, news anchor

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

Hervé Falciani, systems engineer

The HSBC whistleblower on Edward Snowden and fearing for his life

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’

Matthew Weiner, director and producer

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

Axel Dumas, business executive

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

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


This column is a weekly interview in the Life & Arts section with leading cultural and business figures.