Any other business
It may be deeply unfashionable to say so, but the much-demonised multinationals do far more for the poor than all the world’s charities put together.
Joanna Pitman suggests some his’n’hers Christmas gifts that offer the added advantage of holding their value
‘I believe it’s the best performing fund in the world,’ says Richards, an avowed Christian not averse to preaching his own book.
Think of this as a two-for-one Christmas special, a City Life column gift-wrapped inside Any Other Business.
Neil Collins meets the trio of former bankers behind Ocado, the online
supermarket which is challenging the giants of the British grocery trade
Richard Orange elicits some blunt opinions on the mining boom from Rio Tinto boss Leigh Clifford
Given that the government’s lust for setting targets has done so much to increase bureaucracy in public services
Jonathan Davis says investors’ disregard for risk has paid off handsomely in 2006 — but it may not in 2007
Matthew Lynn says Porsche is supremely successful in its own niche, but that does not qualify it to run Europe’s largest mass-market car maker
‘Dinosaurs ... think inside the box. Dolphins ... occupy the space outside the box.
The latest non-job in Britain’s town halls is the affordable housing officer
In the mountains south of Zurich, as winter approaches, the farmers bring their cows down.
Judi Bevan says that new technology has at last created real liberation for women — by enabling them to run successful businesses from home
If you are the kind of person who believes the things the City says, you might by now be almost convinced that we don’t really need oil any more.
On the way into Boston from Logan Airport, you pass a cavernous, closed-off tunnel entrance, full of construction vehicles, looking at night like an avant garde set for Siegfried.
Simon Nixon says the new rich are eager to give billions away — but that their largesse is best used as ‘social risk capital’, not as a substitute for state welfare
It’s surprising what you can buy from an ice-cream van in Scotland’s Manhattan
Cosmo Lush explores the bizarre byways of Second Life, the latest internet phenomenon, and explains how big brands plan to make money out of it
White diamonds are the world’s most expensive gems.
Richard Orange meets Bill Browder, the investor who is banned from Russia but remains bullish about its future
‘Who’s the most impressive business leader you’ve ever met?’
Matthew Lynn finds private military contractors such as Colonel Tim Spicer — formerly known as mercenaries — responding to demand in a high-growth business sector
Robert Beaumont in Newcastle
George Trefgarne draws lessons for today’s shareholders and corporate executives from a new history of the East India Company
Once synonymous with men in red braces peddling junk bonds