NO ONE could accuse AO.com’s John Roberts of not being down to earth, and by all accounts he’s trying to make sure his kids follow in his grounded footsteps – despite his newly minted £500m post-float fortune. How?
THE BUDGET-related gags still hadn’t run out of steam when the Taxpayers’ Alliance held a briefing on Tufton Street yesterday. Lib Dem MP Jeremy Browne kicked things off: “We can go and celebrate, buy 350 beers get one free,” he chortled.
THE BUDGET was by no means the biggest event on the political calendar yesterday. Oh no, the Paddy Power sponsored Political Book of the Year Awards took place last night as well and a certain Iron Lady was the winning subject of the night.
FORMER Pimco chief executive and co-chief information officer Mohamed El- Erian may have left the world’s largest bond giant behind, but it seems the finance whizz has already found a potentially bigger audience.
LAST year his Budget preparations included a calorie-stacked Byron burger, wolfed down with a side of chips.
But Chancellor George Osborne is unlikely to be chomping on fast food as he prepares for Wednesday’s big speech.
Neil Bennett, chief executive of PR group Maitland
1 Neil, City A.M.’s wine columnist and a former journalist, was once photographed for the Times with a lampshade on his head. The shoot was for a feature on DIY.
THE RYANAIR Chase gathered almost as much attention as the airline’s chief exec himself yesterday, as Michael O’Leary broke with sartorial tradition (true to form) and entered the parade ring in a beige mac, standing out from his tweed jacketed pe
A NEW day has dawned and with it, the second day of international property wonder-fest Mipim, as yesterday saw real estate bods from all over the world descend on Cannes and its famous Promenade de la Croisette.
TODAY marks the start of the horsey-betting-booze fest that is Cheltenham. One City figure who is unlikely to miss a day is former Barclays executive Rich Ricci who has got no fewer than six horses running this week.
SMARTLY sartorial Whistles CEO Jane Shepherdson is in the news; she’s been shortlisted for the Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award and banging the drum for women on boards. But her dress sense hasn’t always been so slick.
Senior Partner at KPMG Kevin Smith
1 Kevin used to be a drugs officer in HMRC - he joined as a junior and “went straight into the drugs cruise.” He used to take boats to pieces and put them back together again to try and find drugs.
STOCKS of crisps at the Sainsbury’s Local next to the supermarket’s Holborn HQ are likely to be more bountiful than usual from today, as it turns out chief executive Justin King has given up crisps for Lent.
THE CITY’S historic Livery Companies gathered at Guildhall yesterday for the annual Poulters Company Pancake Race. Dressed in their fur-lined robes, topped with chef hats and armed with frying pans they raced.
FORGET who won best movie and who wore it best on the red carpet, the buzz surrounding the Oscars this year centred around this selfie by Oscar host Ellen DeGeneres. “If only Bradley’s arm was longer. Best photo ever. #oscars” she tweeted.
IT WASN’T that long ago Jenny Dawson was more interested in hedging than vegging, but now the former Odey Asset Management employee is busy using discarded fruit and veg to make chutneys and jams for her business Rubies in the Rubble.