The Capitalist

Tuesday 11 March 2014
PORK was well and truly off the menu for the star-studded crowd at Tracy Worcester’s “Pig Pledge” event at No 41 in Mayfair last night.
Tuesday 11 March 2014
THE GHERKIN was taken over by film crews yesterday, as a movie starring Kelsey Grammer (yes, Frasier) chose the Sky News studio as one of its backdrops. Why?
Monday 10 March 2014
ALL EYES were on England cricket captain Alastair Cook at the Unibet Long Sporting Lunch, hosted by City A.M. and MBN events at Chiswell St Brewery on Friday.
Monday 10 March 2014
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.
Monday 10 March 2014
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.
Friday 07 March 2014
THE GONGS were flying at the Grosvenor House Hotel last night for the PwC Plc Awards.
Friday 07 March 2014
...THE LIST IN FULL COMPANY OF THE YEAR Xaar ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR Julian Dunkerton, Supergroup NEW COMPANY OF THE YEAR Merlin Entertainments TURNAROUND OF THE YEAR Thomas Cook Group
Thursday 06 March 2014
MEMBERS of the newly launched Golden Network, a new community aimed at the finance industry, galvanised their support last night when it put on a Hennessy Cognac tasting at McQueen in Shoreditch.
Thursday 06 March 2014
THERE must have been something in the air yesterday, not one but two business leaders made baffling analogies in their statements to the press.
Thursday 06 March 2014
EVERYONE from the City’s gossips to its financial historians have been treated with an exciting news titbit.
Wednesday 05 March 2014
SOME of the City’s bankers are jetting off to sunny Madrid today for the launch of the European Diversity Awards.
Wednesday 05 March 2014
COULD Microsoft’s former chief executive Steve Ballmer be destined to remain forever in the shadow of the tech giant’s illustrious founder Bill Gates?
Wednesday 05 March 2014
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.
Wednesday 05 March 2014
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.
Tuesday 04 March 2014
DUST off your sieves and practice your frying pan skills, it’s Pancake Tuesday. Whether you’re getting ready for Lent or you’re just a fan of pancakes (like us) – today is the day to get “battered”.
Tuesday 04 March 2014
ANYONE passing through King’s Cross Station yesterday might have been surprised to see David Cameron and Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond (Irn-Bru in hand) larking around like a couple of besties.
Tuesday 04 March 2014
WHAT do you get when you mix an Arctic explorer with some ex-England rugby internationals and an FX chief executive?
Tuesday 04 March 2014
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.
Monday 03 March 2014
RICHARD Branson’s efforts to turn us into space tourists present many possibilities for mankind.
Monday 03 March 2014
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.
Monday 03 March 2014
Head of Private Banking, Metro Bank Kirsty MacArthur
Monday 03 March 2014
DRAGONS’ Den’s Duncan Bannatyne met a younger set of entrepreneurs than he’s used to on Friday when he helped the Bank of England celebrate the end of the Tenner Relay – a challenge for UK schools to turn a £10 note into a profit, before passing i
Friday 28 February 2014
HOW MANY budding DJs do you know? Chances are you might know a fair few.
Friday 28 February 2014
DINERS from the likes of Rothschild Advisors, New Amsterdam Capital and Spayne Lindsay were in for a treat when they showed up at Carpenters’ Hall on London Wall last night, for the FoodCycle Mardi Gras Feast last night.
Friday 28 February 2014
EVEN inanimate objects are hell bent on reiterating RBS’s poor results. The temperature outside the RBS building in Spitalfields yesterday morning exactly matched its £8.2bn losses. (Spotted by Chris Stevenson of Emanate London)
Thursday 27 February 2014
JOHN Roberts, chief exec of AO.com likes a good party. The Christmas dos at his white goods empire are notoriously lavish (free champagne, cocktails, beer and Jäger we hear).
Thursday 27 February 2014
WHEN it comes to raising millions on London’s stock market, who needs a financial public relation agency to help the cause?
Thursday 27 February 2014
LONDON Fields is better known for hipster peacocking than finance but it seems RBS chief exec Ross McEwan has taken a shine to the place – well, more specifically trendy tech workspace The Trampery.
Wednesday 26 February 2014
YOU’D be forgiven for thinking access to finance is the biggest issue facing SMEs at the moment – and up until yesterday you were in good company, as MPs very much thought so too.
Wednesday 26 February 2014
THE SIGH of relief from Goldman Sachs could almost be heard from Canary Wharf to Wall Street yesterday when it was revealed the author behind the insatiably popular @GSElevator Twitter account and soon to be author of a book titled “Straight to He
Tuesday 25 February 2014
HSBC lifted the gates yesterday and let its wave of financial reportage wash over analysts, investors, journos and anyone else interested enough to wade through 31 separate releases.
Tuesday 25 February 2014
THE TECH geeks currently nerding it out over at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona couldn’t believe their luck that just five days after Facebook splurged $19bn on Whatsapp, the connectivity wunderkind himself Mark Zuckerberg delivered the k
Tuesday 25 February 2014
It might look like fun and games at the Mobile World Congress, with giant Android costumes (pictured) entertaining the crowds, but editor of Tech Crunch UK and co-founder of Tech Hub Mike Butcher had his phone swiped at the event yesterday.
Monday 24 February 2014
MOST of us can say we’ve been to a boring conference but probably not to one that advertises itself as explicitly as...The Boring Conference.
Monday 24 February 2014
JET-LAGGING behind George?
Monday 24 February 2014
Head of M&A and corporate finance at Osborne Clarke Ray Berg
Friday 21 February 2014
THOSE of you heading for a Friday night out at Sushi Samba later might want to take some provisions with you. Word comes to us that one City consultant got stuck in the lift at the restaurant for four hours last Friday evening.
Friday 21 February 2014
SO, FACEBOOK opened the giant gates to its social coffers again – this time forking out $19bn for Whatsapp – making it its most expensive shopping trip ever.
Friday 21 February 2014
SHOREDITCH trend bazaar, Boxpark, saw the launch of ex-Goldman Sachs employee Gemma Bellman’s new venture last night.
Thursday 20 February 2014
WE ALL know how much banks enjoy a glass or two of wine, but there aren’t many out there that can claim to have their own sommelier.
Thursday 20 February 2014
CRIES about how the rental market has gone crazy are audible from Primrose Hill to Hackney Wick these days but nothing has come close to the lavish expenditure of renting Audley House.
Thursday 20 February 2014
THE CAPITALIST wandered down to Canada Square yesterday where Breitling had set up its flight simulator and was challenging the local banks to battle each other over the next two days, for the chance to fly in the real thing with Breitling’s jet t
Wednesday 19 February 2014
IT WAS flotation madness yesterday as we saw games whizz King, bargain retailer Poundland, and Danish business services firm ISS file for their IPOs. But there was a backstory to King and ISS’s flotations that raised a few smiles in the City.
Wednesday 19 February 2014
BITCOIN, Bitcoin, Bitcoin – not a day goes by when the pioneering cryptocurrency isn’t dominating headlines, but actually getting hold of the virtual coinage is still relatively difficult for most people (The Capitalist included). 
Wednesday 19 February 2014
FOR MOST people, a life of piracy on the high seas isn’t really something to look to for inspiration, but one ex-Skype employee disagrees so much she has planned a conference to give punters ideas for innovation based on pirates and er, psychopath
Tuesday 18 February 2014
STAFF at Dutch bank ING’s London office were left in little doubt last week about how close their new offices are going to be when they move in 2016.
Tuesday 18 February 2014
APPLE’S chief design wizard Sir Jony Ive sent the tech world into a spin yesterday when he disappeared from the company’s online list of executives.
Tuesday 18 February 2014
GAME of Thrones fans got a treat yesterday when the City’s Bishop’s Square became the unlikely site for a 3D painted version of The Wall from the TV show.
Monday 17 February 2014
THE MOVIE version of classic Scandi toy, Lego, has got everyone talking at the moment, not least because it took £30m in its first three days in the box office in the US and is expected to perform just as well here.
Monday 17 February 2014
WHAT does the UK sound like? Unfortunately at the moment, howling winds and lots of splashing but outside of that, which noises are quintessentially British?

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