‘Vlogger’ Zoella has Lunch with the FT

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

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Vikram Pandit has Lunch with the FT

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

Niall FitzGerald

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

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Junot Díaz

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

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Clive Palmer

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

Illustration by James Ferguson of Zhang Lei
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Lunch with Zhang Lei

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

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Edmund Phelps

Over pumpkin soup, the Nobel Prize-winning economist talks to the FT’s Martin Wolf about creativity and innovation

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Gloria Vanderbilt dines with Vanessa Friedman

The 90-year-old heiress and pioneer of designer denim breaks from her daily peanut-butter sandwich to talk about the triumphs and tragedies of an extraordinary life

Guo Jian
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Guo Jian has Lunch with the FT

Now an artist creating work out of minced pork and litter, the former soldier and Tiananmen Square protester recalls the horrors of that night in Beijing 25 years ago. By Tom Mitchell

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Matthieu Pigasse has Lunch with the FT

‘I am very anti-bourgeois,’ the head of Lazard Frères in France tells Michael Stothard over sushi in Paris

Tim Geithner has Lunch with the FT

Over Indian food in New York, the former US Treasury secretary talks to Martin Wolf about future risks, crisis management, mistakes and misperceptions

Travis Kalanick has Lunch with the FT

Is the chief executive of controversial driver-hailing app Uber a ‘trust-buster’ or an arch capitalist?

Arvind Kejriwal

Over aubergine and potato curry, the leader of India’s ‘Common Man’ party talks about past lives and ‘extortionist corruption’

Grace Coddington

American Vogue’s outspoken creative director on models, photo shoots and ‘fun’ with Kim Kardashian

Jagdish Bhagwati

The economist with a reputation for skewering his enemies talks about who he’s backing in India’s elections, and whether he’s given up hope of winning a Nobel Prize

Lee Hsien Loong

Singapore’s PM talks about Japanese aggression, Ukraine’s revolution and why nanny states are not all bad

Mary Midgley

The 94-year-old moral philosopher talks to Peter Aspden about scientific arrogance and impending ‘catastrophe’

Edmund de Waal

The ceramicist and best-selling author of ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’ shares a seaside picnic with Jackie Wullschlager

Dana White

In a no-holds barred clash, the pugnacious president of the company that has made mixed martial arts a billion-dollar sport takes on the FT’s Lucy Kellaway. Is it a fair fight?

Prince Turki al-Faisal

The man who headed Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service for 24 years talks to Edward Luce about equal rights for Saudi women, and which country has the best spies


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