FINANCIAL services firm BNY Mellon was yesterday unveiled as the new sponsor of the Oxford v Cambridge Boat Race, replacing outsourcing company Xchanging.
To celebrate the five-year deal, BNY Mellon got Olympic rower Katherine Grainger out on a boat at Putney yesterday, and tested the oar skills of staff when they had to row against her. The firm have also launched a campaign to ask celebrities and politicians: Which Blue are you? When asked the big question, Cambridge Union Boat Club president George Nash said there was “only one answer that makes sense.” The Capitalist will leave readers to guess what that might be.
■ The City of London Corporation’s new health and wellbeing board hosted a tenuous Valentine’s event yesterday, though romance was a long way down the agenda. The City’s Guildhall played host to the Love Health day, where activities on offer included karate demonstrations, belly dancing, cycling and free liver testing. Lord Mayor Roger Gifford (pictured) popped by with the Lady Mayoress, although to The Capitalist’s disappointment the pair declined to take part in any of the sporting events on show.
■ Deal of the day yesterday was undoubtedly Berkshire Hathaway and 3G Capital’s agreement to buy ketchup-maker Heinz for £18bn. It seems Berkshire Hathaway chief executive Warren Buffett’s purchase of the junk-food condiment should fit in well with his culinary tastes. The Oracle of Omaha has previously admitted he enjoys Haagen-Dazs strawberry ice-cream or cinnamon toast for breakfast. The billionaire is also partial to ordering hash browns and root beer floats when visiting his local diner, but apparently “never orders vegetables”. Hopefully from now on he’ll get his five-a-day with plenty of tomato sauce.