The Capitalist

Wednesday 02 October 2013
DAVID Cameron may have been pilloried yesterday for failing LBC’s everyman test and admitting he didn’t know the price of sliced bread, but after using our loaves and doing a little investigative work, The Capitalist has a crumb of sympathy for th
Wednesday 02 October 2013
Hines’ Cannon Place in the City may have taken more than two years to woo its first tenant but the office block  was last night given the glitzy award of the “best commercial workplace” in the country at the British Council for Offices (BCO) Natio
Tuesday 01 October 2013
CITY lawyer Fiona Woolf was yesterday appointed as the next Lord Mayor of London, marking only the second time a woman has been elected to the post in its 800-year history.
Schwarzman ‘fessed up
Tuesday 01 October 2013
BLACKSTONE boss Steve Schwarzman, one of Wall Street’s most rambunctious characters, is not known for regrets. This is, of course, the tycoon who got rocker Rod Stewart to perform at his 60th birthday party.
Tuesday 01 October 2013
London is officially the world’s best city, according to an influential poll published yesterday.
Doctor Beeching, your work is complete
Monday 30 September 2013
PUB QUIZ question: which Prime Minister abolished British Rail and when? John Major in 1994?
Monday 30 September 2013
ON 5 December the NSPCC hosts the Great British Chefs Dinner. To celebrate, we are running a prize draw every week until 28 October based on the gastronomic history of the City.
Heston is over the moon with his six Michelin stars
Friday 27 September 2013
THE LATEST Michelin awards, held yesterday, have made the City a much more star-studded place to have lunch.
Stephanie Flanders is moving from the state broadcaster to JP Morgan Asset Management
Friday 27 September 2013
JAMIE Dimon had something of a mixed day when it came to state institutions yesterday.
Friday 27 September 2013
From the mouths of babes: European Central Bank board member Jorg Asmussen offered a rare insight into the family life of a central banker yesterday, revealing a question from one of his daughters: “Dad, is your bank also evil?”
Hong Kong stock exchange chief executive Charles Li
Thursday 26 September 2013
CHINA’S online shopping giant Alibaba has dumped Hong Kong in favour of New York for its upcoming initial public offering, but it seems that the Hong Kong stock exchange’s boss is remaining philosophical about his market’s way of doing things.
Norman Baker takes to the streets of Brighton with campaigner Brooke Kinsella
Thursday 26 September 2013
LIBERAL Democrat politician Norman Baker made audacious inroads into the Labour Party conference yesterday, taking a bus ride along the Brighton seafront to promote a new transport initiative aimed at young people.
Thursday 26 September 2013
To Brighton, where Labour leader Ed Miliband received a somewhat muted reception at The Mirror’s conference party on Tuesday night.
Wednesday 25 September 2013
SOME would think it inauspicious to launch a new product less than 24 hours after the struggling platform on which it depends is sold for a rock-bottom price.
Wednesday 25 September 2013
BIZARRE scenes at Labour’s annual conference in Brighton, as Iain Dale – LBC radio host and political publisher – fought a man called Stuart (and his dog called Stuart) over an anti-nuclear protest on breakfast TV.
Wednesday 25 September 2013
The DVLA reckons it can raise a king’s ransom when it auctions off the car number plate SU11 TAN later this week.
Tuesday 24 September 2013
LABOUR’S shadow cabinet was yesterday at war – over a brutal football defeat to a group of journalists.
Jamie Reed said the experience was “like a condensed episode of Scooby Doo”
Tuesday 24 September 2013
LABOUR MP Jamie Reed sparked a police alert after saying he had heard gunshots near to the Labour party conference – only to admit that his sleuthing skills may be more akin to Scooby Doo.
Tuesday 24 September 2013
■ Labour MPs have been queuing up to have themselves cast in plastic at their party conference – thanks to a 3D printer stall run by Microsoft.
A screenshot from the newly released computer game Grand Theft Auto V
Monday 23 September 2013
MERGERS always come with a certain amount of problems, but The Capitalist has heard that the recent £2.4bn merger of Pearson’s Penguin and Bertelsmann’s Random House left publishing executives at the two firms kicking themselves over a major book
The amateur fighters competing in the biennial Boodles Boxing Ball
Monday 23 September 2013
TO MAYFAIR on Saturday evening for the biennial Boodles Boxing Ball, this year held at the Grosvenor House hotel.
Tower runners from Cushman & Wakefield
Friday 20 September 2013
STAFF at real estate brokers Cushman & Wakefield are getting their boots ready for a whole lot of walking today.
Barclays runner Andrew Lawrence at the annual Bloomberg Square Mile Relay last night
Friday 20 September 2013
THE SQUARE Mile’s many sporting fanatics were out in force last night, despite the wet weather, for the annual Bloomberg Square Mile Relay.
Friday 20 September 2013
Market commentators were musing yesterday on the coincidence that Nomura downgraded supermarket Tesco from a ‘buy’ rating to ‘neutral’, just a day after the food superstore ended the brokership relationship between the pair.
Graffiti artwork of ECB president Mario Draghi and German chancellor Angela Merkel
Thursday 19 September 2013
CITY art fans may recall that earlier in the summer, a piece of street graffiti popped up outside the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt.
London Mayor Boris Johnson
Thursday 19 September 2013
TO THE Royal Albert Hall yesterday, for the annual gathering of the Institute of Directors (IoD) with the likes of Virgin boss Richard Branson, chancellor George Osborne, shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna and mayor of London Boris Johnson.
Thursday 19 September 2013
Investment giant Prudential could soon be getting a new slogan, if comments yesterday from chief executive Tidjane Thiam are anything to go by.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
Spread betting firm Spreadex hosted its annual golf day last week, and The Capitalist hears that it ended up being a knockout event in more ways than one.
Wednesday 18 September 2013
TO VILLANDRY on Great Portland Street, to hear about Great Ormond Street Hospital’s £85m appeal for a children’s rare disease research centre, where former PM Tony Blair was the unannounced guest speaker.
“Pigeon hold”: Berwin Leighton Paisner posted an error-filled online job advert
Wednesday 18 September 2013
ANY BANKING and capital markets associates looking for a change of career last week might have spotted a typo-filled advert for a qualified solicitor, posted online by law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner.
Tuesday 17 September 2013
IF TIME is money, entrepreneur Mark Strachan is making the most of wasted travelling hours, with a plan to make money from commuting Blackberry addicts.
Tuesday 17 September 2013
THE LATEST big name to receive the Freedom of the City of London is crooner Sir Bob Geldof. The 61-year-old singer was at the Guildhall yesterday picking up his framed parchment certificate.
Tuesday 17 September 2013
Boss of City PR outfit RLM Finsbury Roland Rudd has been promoting a non-financial cause, his charity Legacy10.
Monday 16 September 2013
IT SEEMS that things are going from bad to worse for postal giant the Royal Mail.
Monday 16 September 2013
The old saying that sex sells, is apparently not the case for the gentlemen in the City of London.
Monday 16 September 2013
THE “FASTEST man in the City” Andrew Greenleaf – a consultant at financial services firm Capco – who came 45th in the London Marathon has upped his athletic game, competing for Team GB in the World Triathlon Grand Final yesterday. 
Friday 13 September 2013
A SKILL for judging downhill slopes could prove quite useful for an equities analyst. So it’s with much respect that The Capitalist reveals that a resident of Threadneedle Street is a world champion street luger.
Friday 13 September 2013
LORD Mayor of the City of London Roger Gifford and Lady Mayoress, Dr Clare Gifford paid a visit to the London Silver Vaults this week to mark the 60th anniversary of the world’s largest collection of antique silver for sale – right in the heart of
Cherie Blair closes some big money deals
Thursday 12 September 2013
IT SOUNDS like the start of a bad joke – the Duke of Cambridge, Cherie Blair and Jimmy Carr walk onto a City trading floor. But the heady mix of household royals and comedians at BGC Group yesterday were there to raise millions for charity.
Wednesday 11 September 2013
THE BANK of England has done a superb job of protecting sterling since governor Mark Carney took over in July, albeit somewhat inadvertently.
PM David Cameron
Wednesday 11 September 2013
FRESH from being roasted lobster red on a Cornwall beach, PM David Cameron made his next big fashion statement yesterday by donning a pair of glasses.
Wednesday 11 September 2013
BT chief executive Ian Livingston served his last day at the telecoms giant yesterday, though he won’t be hanging up on the company just yet.
Pester visited Scotland before the launch
Tuesday 10 September 2013
THE GHOST of retail bankers past inspired the decision to resurrect the TSB brand name out of the huge variety of old high street brands which have been subsumed into the Lloyds Banking Group, its new boss revealed yesterday.
The chancellor’s short back and sides gripped viewers
Tuesday 10 September 2013
AMID all of George Osborne’s talk yesterday of “turning a corner” and “sustainable recovery”, the chancellor’s audience seized on the word “cut” – specifically Osborne’s own dodgy chop.
Monday 09 September 2013
THERE ARE some in the City who would probably prefer not to relive the crash, but for those that do, a pair of financiers have taken to Twitter to track the banking crisis as it unfolded exactly five years ago.
The building’s reflected light will be strong enough to fry an egg for the next few weeks
Monday 09 September 2013
THE ARCHITECT responsible for the Walkie Scorchie skyscraper – previously known as 20 Fenchurch Street – has finally broken cover and admitted that his building has a few issues with reflecting light.
Monday 09 September 2013
BORIS Johnson is rolling up his sleeves and donning his chef’s hat this week to try and give London’s schoolchildren a decent breakfast.
Friday 06 September 2013
INTERNET giant Google may have called the next version of its mobile operating system Android KitKat, but grape-growers in France don’t seem too keen for Apple to name the new iPhone model after Champagne, as it has apparently planned.
Friday 06 September 2013
GET YOUR orders in for Prince George memorabilia. The Royal Mint announced the creation of the first-ever £20 coin yesterday, and the new silver piece of bling is a limited edition featuring the “St George and the Dragon.”
Friday 06 September 2013
Two former Merrill Lynch corporate financiers – Mervyn Metcalf and Graeme Atkinson – who flew the corporate nest last year to found the trendy Soho-based Dean Street Advisers, have now poached one of their mutual former colleagues from boutique fi

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