Richard Branson

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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 in Mojave.

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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’

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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

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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

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Roberto Unger, philosopher

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

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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

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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

Lunch with the FT - Christine Lagarde
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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

Xavier López Ancona, KidZania founder

The Mexican theme park entrepreneur talks about consumerism, having fun and Mexico’s ‘terrible’ image abroad

Niall FitzGerald, chairman, British Museum

Over risotto in London’s Knightsbridge, the former Unilever chief talks about his time as chairman of the British Museum

Zoella, ‘vlogger’

A social media – and advertising – phenomenon, Zoella has more than 5m YouTube subscribers. She talks to Jonathan Ford about virtual stardom

Vikram Pandit, financier

Eighteen months after his shock departure from the US banking giant Citigroup, its deposed chief executive talks to Tom Braithwaite about life after Wall Street, shadow banking and behavioural economics

Junot Díaz, novelist

Born in the Dominican Republic, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author talks migration, machismo and swearing in Spanish

Clive Palmer, mining magnate

The mining magnate tells Jamie Smyth about clashing with the PM, his Chinese business partners and Murdoch’s empire

Zhang Lei, financier

The billionaire financier tells Henny Sender how ‘China has leapfrogged the US in many ways, especially mobile internet’

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

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