The Capitalist

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.   
Thursday 14 August 2014
Some of the City’s biggest board names gathered last night in what looked like a scene from Art Attack.
Richard Branson with Tony Blair
Thursday 14 August 2014
Richard Branson’s latest blog has been conjuring some awkward questions on Twitter.
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. 
Monday 11 August 2014
1 He has a commercial helicopter pilot licence and was the first person in his native New Zealand to own a Guimbal Cabri G2 two-seater chopper.   
Skips
Monday 11 August 2014
Andrew Sentance has got a bee in his bonnet. It’s the height of summer, garden parties are rife and the former Bank of England interest rate-setter has noticed a vast inequality, which hampers his enjoyment of said merriment.
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.
David Buik
Monday 04 August 2014
  1 He’s actually Canadian. He was born in Montreal in 1944 and moved to the UK in 1949, where he’s lived ever since.  
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.
Monday 28 July 2014
Anyone living near Battersea who thought they heard the familiar rumble of thunder yesterday morning might have been surprised to hear it wasn’t another storm – but, rather, a troop of 90 Sumo wrestlers running a 5k race.
empty office
Monday 28 July 2014
It sometimes feels like the whole City shuts down in August as sunny silly season takes most people to warmer climes – ergo thinking of summer as a time to hire doesn’t seem plausible.
Iain Anderson
Monday 28 July 2014
Co-founder and director of PR Group Cicero Iain Anderson
Monday 28 July 2014
They've only been playing together for two tournaments but City A.M. sponsored Rugby Sevens team City Dogs have made it two out of two, winning Saturday’s FRM Sevens Tournament at Ilford Wanderers, beating Oxfam 21 - 19.
Mark “E” Everett
Friday 25 July 2014
It wasn’t too long ago that Eels frontman Mark “E” Everett found himself on the wrong side of London law, after he was mistaken for a terrorist in Hyde Park in 2010 – well yesterday he was awarded the
Friday 25 July 2014
It looks like the “will he, won’t he” tennis match between Boris Johnson and the Chernukhins (the Russian couple who paid £160,000 at a fundraiser to play BoJo and David Cameron) will go ahead, after Boris said he was going to get in training fo
Mark Carney
Thursday 24 July 2014
We’ve learnt over the past year, in a similar vein to his predecessor, Mark Carney doesn’t need a sporting event to make a sporting reference in his official orations.
Mike Essex
Thursday 24 July 2014
Mark Carney isn’t the only one in the City getting excited about the Commonwealth Games, PwC’s Mike Essex will be watching today’s tri­athlon with heightened interest – the senior PwC manager will be competing for his country himself come the end
Jim Mellon
Wednesday 23 July 2014
They say there’s a book in everyone, but thinking about how to squeeze one out is a bridge too far for most of us. With four books under his belt, millionaire investor Jim Mellon has his book-writing strategy down pat.
Wednesday 23 July 2014
Germans may have put the English in the shade with their sporting success this year at the World Cup, but it seems there’s one pursuit we are better at: coughing up.
Tuesday 22 July 2014
The City of London and Westminster’s property giants put their old rivalries aside last night, as they came together in the House of Lords to launch Building Central London’s Future – A Manifesto For Growth. Well, almost...
View from the top of the Leadenhall Building
Tuesday 22 July 2014
This year’s Open House festival of architecture, where you get to snoop around buildings you would ordinarily be tackled for trying to enter, features a star attraction: the hitherto unenjoyed view f
Philip Clarke
Monday 21 July 2014
Tesco suppliers, celebrity chefs, an Eastenders actor and a British touring car racer all gathered in Old Billingsgate on Friday night for the decidedly unsexy-sounding Tesco Packaged Food Summer Ball.
Monday 21 July 2014
What better time to enjoy a corporate volleyball mash-up than the hottest day of the year?   

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