The Capitalist

Friday 24 October 2014
The London Hilton played host to the toast of Irish business and entertainment last night at the Irish Post awards.
Friday 24 October 2014
The first rule of fight club, is you do not talk about fight club. But what about the first rule of private equity fight club?
Thursday 23 October 2014
HE MAY have been announced as part of England’s squad for the autumn internationals a few hours earlier, but this didn’t stop Saracens rugby star Alex Goode from trying his hand at some trading at Afex, in aid of rugby charity Restart.
Wednesday 22 October 2014
Antonio Horta-Osorio knows how to play an audience. At last night’s Institute of Chartered Accountants event at KPMG, the Lloyds boss charmed the accountants in the room… by throwing economists to the lions.
Wednesday 22 October 2014
When the story of David Willis, the man who was stuck in a Waterstones store at night, emerged last week, team Airbnb smelled an opportunity.
Wednesday 22 October 2014
Techcrunch Disrupt came to a close last night, and with it the City’s hosting of mini-Silicon Valley.
Tuesday 21 October 2014
European Union digital commissioner Neelie Kroes performed some masterful sidestepping at TechCrunch’s Disrupt conference in Old Billingsgate.
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Those of you feverishly anticipating the return of National Ethical Investment Week will have been disappointed yesterday by its demise.
Boris Johnson
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Boris Johnson flexed his fingers and hit Twitter yesterday for his monthly #AskBoris question time and, as usual, the mayor didn’t disappoint with his flamboyant answers.   
Tuesday 21 October 2014
Visitors to the City’s St Katherine Docks might have noticed an interesting addition of late.
Monday 20 October 2014
1 In the 1980s, Emma was a professional tenor saxophonist, having studied jazz and popular music.
Monday 20 October 2014
Bemoaning the end of Great British Bake-Off? Well if Diageo has anything to do with it we could all be watching the Great British Shake-Off soon, replacing cakes with boozy cocktails.
Friday 17 October 2014
Lord Tim Bell invited friends and associates last night to celebrate the launch of his new book, Right or Wrong, at the delightfully elusive Mark’s Club – putting any of last week’s furore over his unfortunate comments to the press behind him.
Friday 17 October 2014
City-based law firm Pinsent Masons has fulfilled its employees’ artistic dreams with a selection of work called Phantasy.
Thursday 16 October 2014
There were more moustaches than you could shake a Tom Selleck DVD at in Camden’s Proud Galleries last night, for the official launch of Movember.
Wednesday 15 October 2014
Mayfair's wealth management ind­us­try had its full plumage on show yesterday at the annual Grouse & Grape Luncheon, in the decidedly lavish Dart­mouth House.
Wednesday 15 October 2014
Gold bugs may get a hard time from us cash-is-king-ites and they certainly didn’t have a great start to the month, with the gold price falling to a four-year low. But sometimes they can use their reserves as more than expensive door stoppers.
Jean Tirole
Tuesday 14 October 2014
When Jean Tirole’s name was read out at the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences yesterday, a lot of people, economics geeks aside, Googled his name to see who exactly the Nobel Prize for Economics winner was.
Tuesday 14 October 2014
Following last week’s devastating news that Red Bull doesn’t give you wings and the drink brand’s subsequent $13m settlement for misleading advertising, one fan has taken into his own hands to cheer up the energy drink company.  
Monday 13 October 2014
Alicante played host to more than its usual Costa del Sunseekers at the weekend, as sailing fans and corporate sponsors flocked to say “bon voyage” to the vessels of one the world’s largest boat challenges – the Volvo Ocean Race.
Monday 13 October 2014
It's that time of year again. Polish off those razors and get ready to start afresh on Movember first – that most hirsute of months is nearly upon us.
Friday 10 October 2014
It was the heroes of the junior market’s turn for a night on the tiles last night, as the annual PwC Aim awards descended on Old Billingsgate.
Anya Hindmarch
Friday 10 October 2014
At the British Chamber of Commerce (BCC) conference yesterday, handbag designer Anya Hindmarch let everyone into a few trade secrets.
Thursday 09 October 2014
When Barclays’ head of equity capital markets Sam Dean announced he was taking a sabbatical last December it raised a number of eyebrows in the City.
Thursday 09 October 2014
Team Pets At Home have embarked on a safari this morning, trekking far from their home office in Cheshire to unknown and dangerous territory – the Tiger Territory enclosure at London Zoo to be exact.
Wednesday 08 October 2014
The City doesn’t have a reputation for being overly rock ‘n’ roll, but it seems that Peter Cruddas’ CMC Markets has developed a penchant for one of London’s edgier hangouts – The Sanctum Soho Hotel – and it’s celebrating its 25th birthday there to
Wednesday 08 October 2014
As far as publicity stunts go, MoneySuperMarket is getting a raft of attention at the moment with its Epic Car Insurance Car Crusher. The price comparison site is offering customers a chance to crush a real car with a giant metallic claw.
Tuesday 07 October 2014
Sacre Bleu, a few short days after John Lewis chief Andy Street’s “France is over,” faux pas and the French PM Manuel Valls was in town, speaking at the Guildhall to a packed-out City audience yesterday.
George Osborne
Tuesday 07 October 2014
They're in the public eye, up to their knees in advisers and not wanting for pocket money to spend in Holland & Barrett, but Britain’s MPs are an unhealthy bunch according to Nuffield Health.   
Jim Mellon
Monday 06 October 2014
1 He once ended up owning a nightclub in Manila due to non-payment of a debt. Luckily the debt was repaid. But for six months, he was the owner of the Firehouse Club, unbeknown to his employers.
Danny Alexander
Monday 06 October 2014
Perhaps Danny Alexander fell victim to a particularly saucy bacon sandwich in between his appearance on Sky News yesterday morning and his speech at the party’s conference just a short while later.
Monday 06 October 2014
Nobody ever takes it seriously – you’re a freeman of the City? Doesn’t that mean you get to drive a sheep over London Bridge, ha, ha?
Friday 03 October 2014
Clients and friends of Peel Hunt flocked to Banking Hall last night to toast the brokerage’s 25th birthday. “We’re as old as the Nintendo Gameboy and The Simpsons,” laughed managing partner Steven Fine.
Friday 03 October 2014
There'll be some sore heads and award-laden pockets around the City this morning as its firms were treated to a variety of award ceremonies last night.
Kirsten Forbes
Thursday 02 October 2014
Kristin Forbes, the American economist who became one of the Bank of England’s newbies this summer, could have been a breath of fresh air.
Boris Collardi
Thursday 02 October 2014
Attendees of Julius Baer’s Next Generation Summit in The Crystal at Royal Victoria Docks yesterday were no doubt looking forward to seeing the wealth manager’s chief Boris Collardi give his welcome address.
Thursday 02 October 2014
Somerset House played host to some of the UK’s most successful women last night as photographer Nancy Honey launched her new portrait book, 100 Leading Ladies.
Sol Campbell
Wednesday 01 October 2014
Never a dull moment at the Tory party conference, especially when you’ve got football legend Sol Campbell tweeting on your side.
Wednesday 01 October 2014
Restaurateurs Chris Corbin and Jeremy King, the duo behind The Wolseley and The Delaunay, are waking up to their third day as hoteliers this morning, having opened The Beaumont this week.   
Actor Jim Carter
Tuesday 30 September 2014
City spinners showed up in their droves to take on journalists and ex-England international cricketers in the annual charity Hacks verses Flacks cricket and rounders matches at the weekend in aid of Chance to Shine.   
Tuesday 30 September 2014
Party goers at the Tory conference in Birmingham had a difficult decision last night. Should they quaff champers at The Telegraph’s shindig or shuffle to Sky’s event?
Tuesday 30 September 2014
Avid readers of The Capitalist might remember the news of former Goucho MD Martin Williams’ plans to open a new steak venture, called M.
Dick Costolo
Monday 29 September 2014
Iranian president Hassan Rouhani may be enjoying thawed relations with leaders of United Nations countries thanks to his efforts to stop Islamic State militants, but Silicon Valley is rather less easy to please, it turns out. 
Lord Michael Heseltine
Thursday 25 September 2014
“I call him Michael, but I doubt he remembers my name,” Hugh Davies, ex-foreign office diplomat told The Capitalist of Lord Heseltine, at the High-Value Immigration Awards last night.
Thursday 25 September 2014
In the week that we found out (or merely had it confirmed) that London is the most expensive city to relocate staff to, KPMG has stepped in to save the day – for its employees in any case.
Thursday 25 September 2014
Given that Sir Tim Berners-Lee gave us the world wide web and with it, freedom to find information, it’s fitting he received the Freedom of the City of London yesterday.
Wednesday 24 September 2014
Ed Miliband really likes normal people. He likes them so much, he mentioned a bunch of them in his big speech at the Labour conference in Manchester yesterday.
Charlie Mullins
Wednesday 24 September 2014
Charlie Mullins, chief executive of Pimlico Plumbers, lives the high life. And like anyone would be, he’s keen to show this off.

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