LONDON’S share price heroes were out in force last night at the KPMG UK Stock Market Awards but there wasn’t a winner in the room that could make as much of an impression as host Gyles Brandreth did as he blustered his way through the gong list.
ZUCK’S had his wallet out again. Despite telling us he wouldn’t be buying any more companies for a while after Whatsapp, Facebook’s gone and splurged out on Oculus Rift, a virtual-reality headset company.
WHAT does success smell like? “The sweet smell of success” is one of those cliches that often leaves you wondering if indeed there is a particular odour relating to triumph. Does success smell like the interior of a hand-crafted Rolls-Royce?
HEDGE-FUND guru Philippe Jabre had a triumphant time on Park Lane last night, putting his Mayfair trading days and regulatory woes far behind him to take three awards at the HedgePo Investors Choice Awards.
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.