Mike Smith, ANZ: ‘I used to be too blunt’

Mike Smith, CEO of ANZ Bank
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The head of the Australian bank holds forth on regulators, analysts and ‘dance partners’

Thomas Pritzker

Thomas Pritzker: multifaceted Hyatt chairman

Breaking up the family empire was painful, now he wants to be seen as a builder

Tony Hayward, CEO of Genel Energy. Photographed at their headquarters in central London this morning.
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Tony Hayward: now he has his life back

Running Genel is hardly without stress for the former BP boss

Tommy Hilfiger photographed by Laura Barisonzi for Financial Times in New York, NY on September 3, 2014.
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Tommy Hilfiger: a name traded for success

Affordable luxury has been a resilient niche for the billionaire

Yannick Bolloré: the future of Havas

The French advertising group’s head on its digital transition

Andrew Forrest

Andrew Forrest, Fortescue Metals

The Australian tycoon is focusing his deep-rooted drive on philanthropy and beef

Sim Tshabalala, 46yrs old, joint chief executive of the Standard Bank Group Limited and chief executive of Standard Bank South Africa at his office in Johannesburg's CBD. Behind him is a portrait by one of South Africa's most renowned artists, Irma Stern.
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Sim Tshabalala, joint CEO Standard Bank

The joint head of Africa’s largest bank does not shy away from discussing apartheid’s legacy

Telecom Italia’s new corporate number

The company’s chairman says the group now reflects a change in the country’s business culture

Ferruccio Ferragamo at Ferragamo's headquarters in Florence, March 27, 2014. Photographer Alessia Pierdomenico
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A head for Ferragamo footwear

Members of the Italian shoemaking dynasty use strict rules to protect their father’s legacy

James Christopher Flowers at the J.C. Flowers & Co. headquarters in New York
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JC Flowers: deals after the storm

The private equity investor is upbeat despite knocks during the global crisis

Owen Mahoney, CEO of Nexon

The head of the Japanese online game developer outlines the battle plans for expansion overseas

T. Boone Pickens, BP Capital

The former corporate raider has become a champion of natural gas

Jacob Wallenberg, Investor chairman

Not being mega-rich motivates Sweden’s top industrialist

Ashish Thakkar: Bob Diamond’s partner

The 32-year-old dislikes Africa’s youngest billionaire label

Anil Agarwal: Vedanta’s bluff billionaire

The Indian mining mogul’s choice of CEO was a statement of intent

Alan Clark: Part of the beer elite

The former psychologist running SABMiller explains his leadership style

Pascal Soriot: Leader of the great escape

The AstraZeneca chief on saying ‘no’ to Pfizer bid

Cao Dewang, founder of Fuyao Glass

Herding oxen as a teenager gave the Chinese tycoon the drive to succeed

Takafumi Horie, Japan’s enfant terrible

After a prison term for securities fraud, Livedoor’s former head wants to make up for lost time

An eye on the future of luxury  

The head of the Italian eyewear maker has a fresh and international perspective

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