Mikhail Khodorkovsky

Mikhail Khodorkovsky
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After 10 years in prison, the oligarch who crossed Putin is poised for a fresh foray into politics, and tells Neil Buckley why the current Kremlin master cannot keep power for ever

David Miliband Lunch with the FT illustration
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David Miliband, politician

The former British foreign secretary, now head of the charity supported by FT’s seasonal appeal, talks about the perils of intervention, the EU, and his brother Ed

Esa-Pekka Salonen illustration
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Esa-Pekka Salonen, musician

Over king crab salad, the Finnish conductor-composer talks about heavy metal and why classical music should be at the centre of political debate

Illustration by James Ferguson of Donald Tusk
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Donald Tusk, politician

Over fish and shots of Goldwasser, the new president of the European Council talks about why ‘Russia is our strategic problem’

Mikhail Baryshnikov
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Mikhail Baryshnikov, dancer

Over Dover sole in London, the ballet legend talks about watching other people dance, and hanging out in the White House

Katherine Boo
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Katherine Boo, writer

Over pizza in London, the journalist who lived in a Mumbai slum while researching her book on its residents tells Jan Dalley how it feels to see their stories on stage

Guo Guangchang illustration for Lunch with the FT by James Ferguson
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Guo Guangchang, businessman

The billionaire behind China’s biggest private conglomerate talks to Patti Waldmeir about Cultural Revolution-era cuisine and about what tai chi and investing have in common

Richard Branson illustration
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Richard Branson, entrepreneur-adventurer

This interview was conducted before Virgin Galactic announced on Friday that a serious ‘in-flight anomaly’ had resulted in the loss of SpaceShipTwo in a test flight

Illustration by James Ferguson of Russell Brand
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Russell Brand, comedian-activist

In a cafe for the homeless, the actor tells Lucy Kellaway about capitalism, revolution and why he finds the FT ‘hard to understand’

Illustration by James Ferguson of Kevin Pietersen
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Kevin Pietersen, cricketer

As a world-class batsman, admiration for his skill was universal but respect was more elusive. He tells Matthew Engel about being England’s outsider

Delphine Arnault, LVMH heiress

Can the Louis Vuitton EVP fulfil her wish for a quiet life? Over sashimi in Paris, she talks about celebrating luxury and her father Bernard’s ‘almost magical’ instincts

Roberto Unger, philosopher

The occasional politician talks about being radical and who he’s backing in his country’s presidential election

Jeremy King, restaurateur

The man behind some of London’s top restaurants talks about finding his vocation, the secret of long partnerships and seeing himself onstage

Sir John Sawers, spy chief

The head of Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service talks to Lionel Barber about risk, the Snowden revelations and reforming MI6

Christine Lagarde, IMF chief

The first woman to run the organisation talks about giving more power to emerging markets and the ‘highly political’ decision of a French court to investigate her

Yuval Noah Harari, historian

At a restaurant in Tel Aviv, the ‘Sapiens’ author discusses 70,000 years of humankind, super-abilities and market forces

John Lanchester, writer

Over octopus and cod, the banker’s son talks to John Gapper about London, rising inequality and his love of good food

Jean Pigozzi, investor

Over gnocchi in Cannes, the investor and socialite talks about clothes for ‘rich old men’ and why his idea of paradise is browsing for electrical gadgets

Raghuram Rajan, banker

The man credited with spotting the last financial crisis discusses robber-baron capitalism and the Rajan rally

Jefferson Hack, media entrepreneur

Over hot broth and cold quiche, the co-founder of ‘alternative style bible’ Dazed & Confused talks about his digital empire – and being inspired by Playboy


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