The Capitalist

Tuesday 13 May 2014
HARRIET Green’s trophy case will be struggling to support yet another gong this morning following last night’s Veuve Clicquot Business Woman Award ceremony, with the Thomas Cook chief taking the top prize at the glitzy event at Claridge’s.
Tuesday 13 May 2014
MERVYN King once said supporting Aston Villa was more stressful than being the governor of the Bank of
Monday 12 May 2014
IT’S HARDLY news that the City enjoys the odd glass of wine (or five) but as the UK gets ready to celebrate the launch of its biggest purpose built winery, Rathfinny Estate (owned and run by an ex-hedgie), it’s hard not to notice the number of fin
Monday 12 May 2014
CEO of Caxton FX Rupert Lee-Browne
Monday 12 May 2014
THERE’LL be some tired heads in the City this morning following the weekend’s exploits at Twickenham at the annual London Sevens rugby event.
Friday 09 May 2014
ANYONE debating whether or not new Heathrow boss John Holland-Kaye has the energy, or indeed the innovative spirit, to lead Britain’s biggest airport into its next phase can rest assured, he’s got both in bucket loads.
Friday 09 May 2014
HE MAY have officially left the company at the end of March but Diageo’s veteran PR man Ian Wright only got around to having his farewell soiree this week (it would be a sin not to demand a party at a global drinks giant, surely).
Friday 09 May 2014
MARIO Draghi’s numero uno press man Michael Steen caused a storm on Twitter yesterday by posting a photograph of his boss ahead of a European Central Bank policy decision meeting, because it revealed the colour of his tie ahead of time.
Thursday 08 May 2014
NOT TO be outdone by hedge fund boss Guy Hands (who has just announced he’s donating £2m towards the construction of Mansfield College, Oxford’s new Love Lane Building) Sir Michael Hintze, chief exec of hedge fund CQS, has announced he’s donating
Thursday 08 May 2014
NEW Labour RIP – Ed Miliband is so intent on turning the party back to old Labour values that even its election broadcasts are now in black and white.
Thursday 08 May 2014
WHEN Justin King finally steps down as head honcho at Sainsbury’s in July, he might well experience some separation anxiety from commercial director (and soon to be CEO) Mike Coupe.
Wednesday 07 May 2014
Some big names from the business world last night joined entrepreneur Duncan Goose, founder of water charity The One Brand, to celebrate almost 10 years since he started the business.
Wednesday 07 May 2014
IF ANYONE was going to get an invite to sleep in the Shangri La following its grand opening yesterday, you’d think it would be Boris Johnson, given his unwavering support of what he dubs the “intergalactic spear” (the Shard to you and I) – but it
Wednesday 07 May 2014
NO SOONER had the dragons and indeed Boris left the Shard, a wholly different crowd descended upon it: London’s taxi drivers, who staged a disruptive protest over TfL’s failure to give them a taxi rank outside the Shard’s revolving doors.
Tuesday 06 May 2014
ASIDE from the odd pot shot from Boris Johnson, the relationship between the capital and our French cousins has been quite good of late and those hoping to keep it that way might be keen to avert French eyes from the latest blog post from Miles Da
Tuesday 06 May 2014
EVERYBODY loves a good double act; Beyonce and Jay Z, Ant and Dec, Batman and Robin and er, Warren Buffett and Charlie Munger.
Tuesday 06 May 2014
LASTMINUTE.COM co-founder and all-round digital doyenne Martha Lane Fox (or Baroness Lane-Fox of Soho as she’s now known) proved she’s made of strong stuff this weekend.
Friday 02 May 2014
JOHN Lewis’ flagship shop on Oxford Street transformed itself from a department store into a period drama last night for the launch of a new exhibition celebrating its 150th anniversary.
Friday 02 May 2014
THERE were a few in the City starting to wonder whether or not Shore Capital’s wine tasting do was going to happen at all this year.
Friday 02 May 2014
FORGET Willy Wonka’s golden ticket, Easter’s over and we’re sick to death of sweets – there’s a new golden ticket in town: TUMI’s golden suitcases.
Friday 02 May 2014
DURING a quiet moment at the Lloyd’s of London insurance market yesterday, former England cricket captain Andrew Strauss (L) gave some cricket tips to Mark Stephenson (M) and Sean Rocks (R) from Liberty Specialty Insurance.
Thursday 01 May 2014
IT’S MAY Day, which only means one thing - protests at Trafalgar Square. City botherers Occupy London have been banging their drums again and this year they’ve decided to target pay-day lender Wonga.
Thursday 01 May 2014
BATTERSEA Power Station might be more synonymous with Pink Floyd than their contemporary Elton John, but it was the Rocket Man himself who shook the station’s four pillars last night as celebrities, London’s property heavies and potential resident
Thursday 01 May 2014
ANYONE walking through Camden, on any given day, should expect to see weird and wonderful things but people strolling along its canal yesterday morning would have got an eye-full – of toys. Giant ones. Staging a princess rescue. Natch.
Wednesday 30 April 2014
ANYONE who had any doubt as to whether nominative determinism was still alive and well at Barclays, in the wake of the departed Bob Diamond and Rich Ricci, can rest assured – it’s alive and kicking.
Wednesday 30 April 2014
THE CITY rubbed shoulders with celeb-land last night at the launch of Jason Atherton’s latest foodie-den, City Social, at Tower 42.
Wednesday 30 April 2014
NEVER one abandon to his people to a morning of queueing at bus stops and squeezing, sardine-like, into Tube stations alone, Boris Johnson trooped down to London Bridge yesterday to support strike-stricken commuters.
Wednesday 30 April 2014
ANYONE browsing through the candidates list for the position of councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea this week might be surprised to find Saker Nusseibeh, chief executive of Hermes Fund Managers, running as a Labour candidate
Tuesday 29 April 2014
THERE was cause for celebration (and positive headlines, at last) for Barclays on Friday when its retail and business banking chief executive Curt Hess picked up the Corporate Straight Ally of the Year award at the Out in the City and G3 Magazine
Tuesday 29 April 2014
THERE are plenty of Londoners hoping that TfL could still cut a deal with union leaders and halt the current Tube strikes, but Gatwick’s ad men might well be crossing their fingers more tightly than most.
Monday 28 April 2014
SHOULD being the chief exec of electronic giant Dixons ever fail Sebastian James, the retail boss has some incredibly enterprising progeny to step in and support him.
Monday 28 April 2014
IT’S HARD to imagine banking staff wondering if they can afford to splash out on a plain bagel from Sainsbury’s, but that could well be the experience of 43 Deutsche Bank employees this week as they try to live on £1 per day for five days.
Monday 28 April 2014
CEO of the Management Consultancies Association Alan Leaman
Monday 28 April 2014
SOME of the staff at venture capital firm MMC Ventures might still be nursing a few sore limbs this morning. A group of five of them took part in dirt-fest challenge Tough Mudder on Saturday – raising £1,827 for ballet charity I Can Dance.
Friday 25 April 2014
THERE’S hardly a firm in the City that doesn’t know what it’s like to make cuts and when Balfour Beatty was faced with making 20 per cent reductions, it turned to management consultancy Boxwood to help.
Friday 25 April 2014
HAVE you heard the mysterious tale of Geoffrey the missing goldfish?
Friday 25 April 2014
POLO season kicks off next month but it came a tad early last night at the Chestertons Polo in the Park launch event at the Mandarin Oriental.
Thursday 24 April 2014
ANYONE wondering if ex-Oriel chief David Knox’s new company name Lazarus refers to his own triumphant return to the City can think again, the former Cazenove bigwig (who lasted only six months at the helm of Oriel) told The Capitalist it’s more ab
Thursday 24 April 2014
WHEN Nick Clegg showed up to KPMG for the launch of Cityfathers yesterday, he presumably hoped he’d escape difficult questions.
Thursday 24 April 2014
HOMELAND fans passing the Guildhall yesterday were in for a treat – actor Damian Lewis had stopped by to read a handful of Shakespeare’s sonnets in celebration of the bard’s 450th birthday.
Wednesday 23 April 2014
WHOEVER said banks were too macho? Goldman Sachs revealed some preference for the trend of flavoured beers in its US alcohol outlook this week, claiming that flavourisation is helping beer to stay relevant with the current consumers.
Wednesday 23 April 2014
HAVE you been prepping for your St George’s Day celebrations? It’s 23 April today, so surely you’ve had this evening planned for weeks?
Wednesday 23 April 2014
IT WOULD appear David Moyes wasn’t the only person asked to leave Old Trafford yesterday, as Ladbrokes’ spin doctor Alex Donohue also had to do the walk of shame away from the Man Utd grounds.
Tuesday 22 April 2014
ANYONE mourning the demise of Sea Containers House’s famous golden balls and wondering where they are can rest assured; their whereabouts have been pinpointed (well, one of them, at least).
Tuesday 22 April 2014
THE LONDON marathon may be melting into a distant, Deep Heat-tinged memory but one City worker’s marathon challenge is anything but over.
Thursday 17 April 2014
IT’S THE video they wish we’d never seen. Five top City names took part in a fundraising video for the Young Vic theatre which sees them rip open their shirts and sing at the top of their voices.
Wednesday 16 April 2014
TRIBUTES have been flooding in following the news yesterday of branding legend Wally Olins’ passing on Monday.
Wednesday 16 April 2014
PUNDITS watching to see if Boris Johnson will try to return to parliament and run in the next election might be pricking their ears at the news from the Two Cities Conservative fundraiser.
Tuesday 15 April 2014
WE ALL know Land Rover is an all terrain vehicle, but now the car-maker is taking things one giant leap further by becoming Virgin Galactic’s first official partner.
Tuesday 15 April 2014
WEALTH management firm Saunderson House managed to bag the best seat in the hall last night at the Lord Mayor’s Fund Shakespeare charity dinner in Middle Temple Hall.

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