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BUSINESS AND FINANCE

Hannah Rothschild

The Improbability of Love You are quite eclectic and your work has ranged from documentary films, to banking, to philanthropy, to biography, and now to a novel. Why do you think you have many different facets? I have that kind of restless, inquisitive mind. It’s...

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Michelangelo Pistoletto

In honour of the Blenheim Art Foundation presenting Michelangelo Pistoletto at Blenheim Palace, in a solo exhibition running from 15th September – 31st December 2016 celebrating the extensive oeuvre of the Italian artist, we republish this classic interview.  ...

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John Stefanidis

This interview takes place in the house of world renowned interior designer John Stefanidis, in the village of Chora on the island of Patmos. The house has a beautiful garden, and is just below the monastery. John Stefanidis was born into a Greek family in Alexandria,...

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Hans Rauscher

Hans Rauscher is an author and a journalist at Der Standard, an Austrian national daily broadsheet newspaper that has been published in Vienna since 1988. Austria will re-run a Presidential election on October 2 that could produce the first far-Right Head of State in...

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David Adjaye

The planetary architect of today delivers a well considered response to human, cultural and geographic diversity. The leading architect David Adjaye OBE set up his first office in 1994, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as...

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Debby Tenquist

Debby Tenquist is a landscaper. She is the designer of the Garden of St Christopher in Hyde Park, Johannesburg, and she is the owner of Botanica Trading which carries out landscape design, textile design, and garden tours. Her company sells verandah & garden...

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Robin Niblett

Consequences of a Brexit. Dr Robin Niblett CMG is Director of Chatham House, The Royal Institute of International Affairs, one of the world’s most influential policy institutes. The University of Pennsylvania Global Think Tank Index 2015 ranked them number one in...

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Jonathan Galassi

Jonathan Galassi has translated the poems of Primo Levi from Italian for a new edition of his Complete Works, edited by Ann Goldstein. Galassi is President of Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG), one of the most prestigious publishing companies in the United States. As...

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Giorgio van Straten

The Italian Cultural Institute of New York is an office of the Italian government, dedicated to the promotion of Italian language and culture in the United States through the organisation of cultural events. You have now been Director of the Italian Cultural Institute...

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Cornelia Guest

My love for animals made me vegan. People should not buy animal products. You were a famous debutante, and then you became a vegan, interested and deeply involved in animal rights? Yes, and I also became an actress and I still do movies. I have been surrounded by...

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Geoffrey Garrett

"Trump has no experience of politics. The US people want outsiders." Dr. Geoffrey Garrett is Dean, Reliance Professor of Management and Private Enterprise, and Professor of Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (PENN). Wharton was founded...

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Allegra Hicks

Allegra Hicks is the designer and face behind the eponymous international luxury lifestyle brand that is recognised around the world for its beautiful textiles and prints. Were you a designer before even knowing it? I think that all of us creative people have...

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Martina Mondadori

What inspired you to launch your new magazine Cabana? What inspired me was on one hand a passion for the visual world, and on the other it was a great feeling of the type of world that was about to become mainstream visual inspiration. I clearly did not invent...

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Simon de Pury

The art of the auctioneer. Simon de Pury is one of the leading figures in the art market. He is renowned for his legendary performance on the auction podium and for his deep and longstanding knowledge of the global marketplace. What was your experience of early life?...

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Michael Dobson

"Every decision we make is based on what it means for the next five years." You have been the Chief Executive of Schroders PLC for 14 years. Can you describe Schroders? It is one of the oldest merchant banks in London. It started in 1804 and has evolved over two...

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Alessandro Ceretto

My biodynamic Barolo is like my child. Director of winemaking for the Ceretto Winery. Alessandro, you are part of the third generation of Ceretto wine producers who have been making wine in the Langhe area of Piedmont since the 1930s… Yes. My grandfather Riccardo was...

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Andrea Buccellati

'Opera' - The New Collection of Buccellati Jewelry. Andrea, you are President and Creative Director of Buccellati jewelry. Why did you exhibit your new collection called 'Opera' for one evening at Spencer House in London, and why did you give it this name? The name...

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Danielle Cillien Sabatier

“Going to Galignani is like going to the Ritz to have tea instead of having a takeaway.” Danielle Cillien Sabatier manages the renowned and historic Galignani bookstore in Paris. In Venice in 1520 the Galignanis were among the first to use the printing press to...

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Carlier, Di Castro, Kugel

A very special pop-up shop at the Academy Mansion in the Upper East Side of New York. The characters that I interview are Marie-Amélie Carlier, who is the owner of the Galerie Brimo de Laroussilhe, and the other person is Alessandra Di Castro, and the other two are...

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Virgilio Sacchini

"A New Renaissance for Medicine." Dr. Virgilio Sacchini is a surgeon who specializes in the treatment of breast cancer. He will be attending a meeting in Florence on October 15 and 16, 2015, at the Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G.P. Vieusseux. The meeting will be...

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Howard Davies

Sir Howard Davies is Chairman-designate of the Royal Bank of Scotland. He was appointed Chairman of the Board of the Phoenix Group in 2012. He is also a Professor of Practice at the French School of Political Science in Paris, Sciences Po. In 2015 he becomes the new...

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Zanny Minton Beddoes

Rigorous empirical analysis, informed liberal values, clear reasoned argument. Zanny Minton Beddoes is The Economist's 17th Editor-in-Chief, the first woman ever to hold this job. How has your life changed since you started as Editor? My days have become more...

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Gavin Brown

An incomparable adventure. I meet the gallerist Gavin Brown in a little road in Trastevere in Rome. I ask him: What brings you here? About 13 years ago I found myself visiting friends at the American Academy here in Rome. We walked into Trastevere and it was my first...

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Charles March

Reviving Goodwood. Charles Gordon-Lennox, Earl of March and Kinrara, is the master of Goodwood, a traditional English agricultural and sporting estate of some 12,000 acres that stretches from the top of the Sussex Downs to the outskirts of Chichester. At 3,400 acres...

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Alice Waters

The way to solve problems is through food. Alice Waters, at what stage of your life do you feel you are? I am in a very reflective place, because I know I have an incredible opportunity and I don’t want to push to make something happen. I want to go to the place where...

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Luciano Benetton

I lost my father when I was ten, and I was the oldest of four siblings. I had to quit school and start working at age fourteen. On 13 May you turn eighty, so it’s been sixty-six years since then. How do you feel about living such a long life and about this birthday?...

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Jeffrey Deitch

Jeffrey Deitch, you are a curator, an art critic, an art dealer, and you have been the Director of MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles) and done many other things. How would you describe yourself? I am one of the very few people who have played every single...

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Alberto Vitale

Book publishing is far from finished! Alberto Vitale, you were the Chairman and CEO of Random House, Inc. for ten years, from 1989 to 1998. Do you think that since then many things have changed in book publishing? Sure, many things, and the biggest change has been a...

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Massimo Ferragamo

Massimo Ferragamo, how did you become the “American Ferragamo?” The best things in life happen by chance. Back when I was a humble student, I had a conversation with the chairman of Saks Fifth Avenue who was visiting Florence. He suggested I do the executive training...

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Alessandro Del Piero

On 8th November 1998, on the eve of his 24th birthday, Juventus football star Alessandro Del Piero broke his left knee playing in the Friuli Stadium, Udine. This particular injury divided his professional life into before and after phases. He travelled to Colorado for...

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ANITA PALLENBERG

Anita Pallenberg is an actress, model, and fashion designer. Born in Italy in 1944 she was the partner of the Rolling Stones’ guitarist Brian Jones and then the partner of Keith Richards. Anita, you have worked in the worlds of cinema, music and fashion. Would you define yourself as an eclectic person? I would say... READ MORE

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