The Capitalist

Ricky Gervais
Wednesday 27 August 2014
In retrospect, publishing a book called, Forget Strategy, Get Results, probably wasn’t the best thing for Telecity chief Michael Tobin to publish in April this year.
Tuesday 26 August 2014
A line has finally been drawn under a long-running City row between veteran stockbroker Barry Townsley and his former business partner and friend Guy Naggar.
Sophie Turner
Tuesday 26 August 2014
Having released a teaser video last week, in which viewers follow a mystery red-head as she strides around east London, clothing brand Karen Millen has revealed the face of its autumn/winter campaign to be Game of Thrones’ Sansa Stark (or actress
Filippo Noseda
Tuesday 26 August 2014
It’s official; the ice bucket challenge has hit the City. HSBC’s chief economist Stephen King, PwC’s Andrew Sentance and economist Danny Blanchflower have all had a soaking.
Nick Clegg
Friday 22 August 2014
He's already starred in a noir-style Labour-made party broadcast, as the “un-credible shrinking man”, now it seems Nick Clegg’s story is to be made into another film – this time by Channel 4.  
Friday 22 August 2014
Are the donkeys of Blackpool beach being exploited by big business? Yesterday, the noble steeds hit the headlines because Barclaycard was helping the donkey business to go cashless.
Friday 22 August 2014
Pest control experts Rentokil put on a real smorgasbord for City workers at One New Change yesterday.
puppy
Thursday 21 August 2014
If you listen carefully, you might be able to hear the sound of champagne corks popping in Fulham. A group of disgruntled residents have had their way in a passionate, albeit brief, catfight with Pets at Home.   
Frank Dalleres
Thursday 21 August 2014
It may have been a brief encounter, but City A.M.’s sport editor Frank Dalleres had the joy of holding the Ryder Cup yesterday, thanks to the cup’s worldwide partners Standard Life Investments.
Thursday 21 August 2014
Did anyone catch the midnight rainbow on the Southbank on Tuesday night? This 14ft installation added an interesting addition to the London skyline, but it wasn’t local artists behind the vision, it was good old Samsung.
Wednesday 20 August 2014
Greggs bakery’s cheeks were left burning as hot as the middle of its sausage rolls yesterday, when someone who Googled the firm found that its logo had been hacked to read “providing shit to scum for 70 years”.   
Wednesday 20 August 2014
Dr Who is back on our screens this weekend, but one City worker has more interest than most. By day, Mark Speed works as a manager with financial forecasting company Evaluate, by night he writes novels, most recently about Dr Who. 
Maisie Williams
Wednesday 20 August 2014
Any Game of Thrones fans in the City should make a pilgrimage to The Broad Family statue in Broadgate, where they’ll be able to hear the youthful tones of Arya Stark (ie.
Wednesday 20 August 2014
It's about time. British Airways, the epitome of all things British, will finally start serving of one of our other stalwarts, fish and chips, on board.
Lord Browne
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Lord Browne's crusade to help LGBT executives come out of the glass closet is continuing its pace.
toothbrush
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Google loves making an acquisition. This year alone it’s made 24. But would you believe us if we told you chief executive Larry Page uses a toothbrush to decide whether to gobble up a company or not. Well, it’s true. Sort of. 
No Dash For Gas
Tuesday 19 August 2014
Anti-fracking campaigners No Dash For Gas didn’t quite achieve their goal yesterday pitching up on the wrong floor of the North and Western Lancashire Chamber of Commerce to protest about Cuadrilla.
Jeff Randall
Monday 18 August 2014
So, Jeff Randall’s off the to the Pru. The veteran business hack, whose career has seen him go from The Tele­graph, to the BBC to Sky (from where he stepped down earlier this year) is to become an adviser to Prudential boss Tidjane Thiam.
Monday 18 August 2014
They're usually the preserve of stag parties and festival goers but morph­suits played a big part in Rothschild Wealth Management director James Peterson’s weekend.   
Monday 18 August 2014
During the week, 20 Fenchurch Street (the Walkie Scorchie to you and I) is a surrounded by besuited City workers going about their hectic days but yesterday it was a different story.
Friday 15 August 2014
Tesco has lost its latest round with the Intellectual Property Office (IPO).
Mark Zuckerberg
Friday 15 August 2014
It's often been said that the Silicon Valley tech scene is overheating, but photos of its best known chief exec dumping buckets of ice water over themselves is nonetheless perplexing.   
Dan Wagner
Thursday 14 August 2014
Dan Wagner must really hate Daffy Duck. His decision to wear a waistcoat decorated with the cartoon character, to a media call before his last IPO 20 years ago, has haunted him ever since.
Tottenham Hotspur Carling Cup win
Thursday 14 August 2014
For those of you chomping at the bit for the Premier League to start this weekend, Nationwide has got a present for you. It’s an especially good gift if you’re also obsessed with house prices (come on, most of us are).
Dick Costolo
Wednesday 13 August 2014
The concept of Twitter bots is an amusing one. We’re imagining legions of automatons sitting behind their iMacs in a dark room, pressing the tweet button with mechanically superior bot fingers and spamming us with mega lolz.  
Lars Seier Christensen
Wednesday 13 August 2014
Saxo Bank’s chief exec Lars Seier Christensen has got chins wagging in the Danish press. The banking boss has made a personal investment into jewellery startup Endless Jewelry – a company run by well-known Danish entrepreneur Jesper Nielsen.
Margaret Thatcher
Wednesday 13 August 2014
She once said she was “not prepared to have the Queen’s head privatised”, but ironically only a year after the Royal Mail was taken private, Margaret Thatcher is to appear on a commemorative stamp.  
Dave Lewis
Tuesday 12 August 2014
The day one chief exec hands his reins over to the next is always going to be a complicated one, fraught with political tension and potentially awkward exchanges.
Matthew Tillett
Tuesday 12 August 2014
The flurry of IPOs this year has caused many to marvel at the resurgence of the listings market, but one Allianz fund manager has been bamboozled by something more obscure – the sheer amount of paper wasted by IPO research reports. 
Dan Willis
Monday 11 August 2014
Cycling 100 miles is hard. Cycling it on a tandem bike is even harder.
Wilderness Festival
Monday 11 August 2014
Nice to see Nat Rothschild hasn’t lost all of his wild side – the financial scion enjoyed a weekend at Wilderness festival, the Oxfordshire-based event dubbed Poshstock by certain red tops and fre
Friday 08 August 2014
It’s silly season in the City as its workers jet off to hotter climes – Ibiza, Tuscany and the South of France are destinations The Capitalist has heard time and time again.
Andrew Harrison and Seb James with staff
Friday 08 August 2014
Dixons Carphone chief exec Seb James and his deputy Andrew Harrison cut the ribbon on their £3.8bn mega-merger yesterday, visiting most of the seven newly branded stores with a pair of scissors.
Barack Obama
Thursday 07 August 2014
When Barack Obama helped Delphi Automotive to stay afloat in 2009 by conducting a cunning tax trick, he must have known it would come back to bite him in the ass at some point – and sure enough, it looks like it just has.
Crispin Odey
Thursday 07 August 2014
Odey Asset Management founder Crispin Odey has found himself in an awkward position, one which could well leave him falling out with, er, himself.
George Osborne
Thursday 07 August 2014
As the Chancellor of the Exchequer, you might expect George Osborne would like to keep his own pocket money in good old, Bank of England-regulated, sterling.
Fine Art Sails
Thursday 07 August 2014
Russian sanctions have taken the wind out of one London property developer’s sails.
Ed Balls
Wednesday 06 August 2014
Ed Balls managed to swerve a driving ban yesterday, his lawyers racing away from Leeds magistrates with just a £1,000 fine and five points for the shadow chancellor. The charge? He failed to stop after hitting a parked car.
Ole Hansen
Wednesday 06 August 2014
“What’s behind crude’s dramatic decline?” says the tweet from Saxo Bank’s Ole Hansen, but those reading it found another question more pertinent. “What’s behind you?”   
Martin Gilbert and Anne Richards
Tuesday 05 August 2014
It's that time of year again, when the City’s yachting enthusiasts get to spend the week brushing sea spray out of their windswept locks instead of sweating it out in the Big Smoke.
Monday 04 August 2014
The City's artful ticket dodger has finally been named.
James Bowtell
Monday 04 August 2014
Word has it students have to go that extra mile in order to make themselves stand out from the crowd to employers these days. And one Loughborough university student is taking that to the extreme – cycling 3,868 extra miles.   
Friday 01 August 2014
St James's Street played host to a hoard of hedgies last night, as Hedge Brunch threw its summer soirée at Avenue restaurant.   
Clare Salmon
Thursday 31 July 2014
As an insurance professional, she’s well used to working with risk but Royal London’s marketing doyenne Clare Salmon is going a few furlongs further today, by playing jockey in the Magnolia Cup charity race at Goodwood – which will see Salmon race
Thursday 31 July 2014
The mighty Harlequins may be based out in Twickenham but its stars schlepped across to the Shard for an 8am launch to their season yesterday, with sponsors DHL Express and Adidas joining along for the ride.
UK Uncut on Twitter
Wednesday 30 July 2014
Anticipation of vast protests over tax arrangements outside Vodafone’s AGM in Paddington yesterday proved wrong, as no placards were brandished outside the Hilton, allowing shareholders and chairman Gerard Kleist­erlee to enter un-heckled.
snake
Wednesday 30 July 2014
The launch of ResPublica’s Virtuous Banking Report, from which the now famous suggestion of a banker’s oath sprung, caused quite a commotion yesterday.
Prudential poster
Wednesday 30 July 2014
When we spotted this poster from the Prudential relating to the Ride London event this weekend, we couldn’t help but wonder whether the financial services firm was having a dig at Westminster, with red tape winding its way around the City in the p
Michael O’Leary
Tuesday 29 July 2014
Michael “What part of ‘no refund’ don’t you understand” O’Leary took himself away from the job of airline spokesperson last year, after he announced the company would be replacing its notoriously unhelpful customer service strategy with something
Silicon Roundabout in Shoreditch
Tuesday 29 July 2014
London’s hipsterite tech community in Shoreditch has got a beef with developers.

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