Lunch with the FT: 52 Classic Interviews
A selection of Financial Times interviews with high-profile figures in business, politics, the arts, science and more.
nonfictionFrom film stars to politicians, tycoons to writers, dissidents to lifestyle gurus, Lunch with the FT gathers fifty-two fascinating interviews conducted at the unforgiving proximity of a restaurant table.
The list of people who have participated in this popular feature since 1994 reads like an international Who's Who of our times. Meet the rich and famous, the weird and the brilliant, the brave and the virtuous, all brought to you by the Financial Times' global network of columnists and correspondents.
This book brings you right to the table to decide what you think of Angela Merkel or Martin Amis, George Soros or Sean "P. Diddy" Combs, Angelina Jolie or Jimmy Carter. Meet not just oligarchs and royals, but the co-founder of Apple, the codiscoverer of DNA, the tycoon who will pay African presidents to quit, and one of the Arab world's most notorious sons.
Every interview is illustrated with a drawing of its subject, making this collection as visually impressive as it is enlightening and fun to read.
left in 2004 to become a headhunter. His career at the FT included the roles of publishing editor and foreign editor, after postings to Brussels, then Paris, followed by four years as the Tokyo bureau chief from 1993 to 1997. In 2009 he moved from Odgers Berndtson to become head of the UK board practice at Spencer Stuart, another executive search firm. Akebono Taro DANIEL DOMBEY Daniel has been the Financial Times’s correspondent in Turkey since 2011. Before that, he was US diplomatic
and wander out on to Spiridonovka. It looks little changed but then it always was a posh street. More of Moscow, and of Russia, is catching up with it. The privatized economy is beginning to work. In a sense, Russia is coming round to Chubais’s way of thinking. And he is still only 46. For all his protestations to be happy in business, I would eat my chopsticks if he did not have his eye on the Russian presidential election of 2008, when Putin’s second term is over. And at Izumi, the chopsticks
campaigns which killed hundreds of innocent people, and the blowing up of a passenger flight in which 107 people died.’ We were sitting at a round table in Serrano’s office that had been covered for the occasion with a white linen cloth. A glass of water and a small plate garnished with a napkin lay on the table. It looked improvised. Did Serrano feel he was fighting a losing battle in the war against drugs, given the constant emergence of new cartels? ‘New cartels do spring up, but if we
not face the same repercussions as, say, the members of punk band Pussy Riot, who recently received a two-year jail sentence for a 30-second anti-Putin concert in a Moscow church. Sobchak is adamant that the new version of herself is 100 per cent real. So what if she was never politically active before the December protests? As she points out, neither were most of the 100,000 other Muscovites who took to the street last winter. She even claims she has more to lose than them, given her
dream up, is doing pretty darn well too. Many Germans, especially eastern Germans – a great number voted for Schröder last autumn – will think she’s like Tony Blair. If he is the lapdog, she is the Schnauzer of the ‘Amis’. The Merkel position is not even uniformly popular within her own party. This is something her rivals will try to exploit. Their goal would be to bump her up to candidate for the ceremonial presidency post, while reserving the powerful chancellor job for themselves. Still,