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FT Masterclass: Pinterest co-founder Evan Sharp shows off his Frisbee skills Photo by Matthew Reamer

The mining magnate who has shaken up Australian politics in the past year talks about clashing with the PM, Chinese business partners and Murdoch’s media empire

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The author has become one of the voices of contemporary America. Over fried clams in Boston, he talks about migrant families, machismo and swearing in Spanish

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Eighteen months after his shock departure from US banking giant Citigroup, the financier talks about life after Wall Street, shadow banking and behavioural economics

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The billionaire Chinese financier was among the first to see the potential in homegrown internet companies. He talks about a career that began when he rented out comics at the age of seven.

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Over pumpkin soup, the Nobel Prize-winning economist talks to the FT’s Martin Wolf about creativity and innovation

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Now an artist creating work out of minced pork and litter, the former soldier and Tiananmen Square protester recalls the horrors of that night in Beijing 25 years ago.

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The 90-year-old heiress and pioneer of designer denim breaks from her daily peanut butter sandwich to talk about the triumphs and tragedies of an extraordinary life.

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‘I am very anti-bourgeois,’ the head of Lazard Frères in France tells Michael Stothard over sushi in Paris.

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Over Indian food in New York, the former US Treasury secretary talks about future risks, crisis management, mistakes and misperceptions

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They used to say: "You never get fired for buying IBM". Now, increasingly it is: "No one gets fired for buying Amazon." This should send a chill down Big Blue's spine.

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Ed Balls tells chancellor to curb Help to Buy to boost recovery Ed Balls, shadow chancellor, said Mr Osborne needed to rein in the Help to Buy scheme in London, and put fresh effort into building new towns and more social housing to boost supply. Read interview here: on.ft.com/1v3FA8W

Is the chief executive of controversial driver-hailing app Uber a ‘trust-buster’ or an arch capitalist?

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On a sun-baked dirt track in a northern Italian vineyard, a distant police siren can be heard. Jérôme Kerviel pauses to raise his head and look round. The siren could mean that, finally, six years after having run up €50bn in unauthorised trades, the former Société Générale employee will be on his way to prison.

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Over aubergine and potato curry, the leader of India’s ‘Common Man’ party talks about past lives and ‘extortionist corruption’

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American Vogue’s outspoken creative director on models, photo shoots and ‘fun’ with Kim Kardashian

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The economist with a reputation for skewering his enemies talks about who he’s backing in India’s elections, and whether he’s given up hope of winning a Nobel Prize.

Singapore’s PM talks about Japanese aggression, Ukraine’s revolution and why nanny states are not all bad

The Game of Thrones author tells Isabel Berwick about Tolkien, turtles and how her ‘chicken looks a bit like a fantasy kingdom’

The 94-year-old moral philosopher talks to Peter Aspden about scientific arrogance and impending ‘catastrophe’

The man who headed Saudi Arabia’s intelligence service for 24 years talks to Edward Luce about equal rights for Saudi women, and which country has the best spies

The ceramicist and best-selling author of ‘The Hare with Amber Eyes’ shares a seaside picnic with Jackie Wullschlager.

Hasso Plattner does not like looking back. But he has just turned 70 and the wavy-haired computer scientist and co-founder of Germany’s SAP business software group admits he had another ambition when he was young. “I would have liked to grow up in Liverpool and become a rocker,” he says.

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If Libeskind has a signature design, it is the curved lines of his buildings that allows light to bounce off their edges so they appear to almost dance in a skyline. And each design is driven by his mantra, “every building deserves a cultural approach”. It is why, when he stood far above Ground Zero with his fellow finalists on a grim rainy day, he was the only one who wanted to don galoshes and venture 75ft down into the site.

In a no-holds barred clash, the pugnacious president of the company that has made mixed martial arts a billion-dollar sport takes on the FT’s Lucy Kellaway. Is it a fair fight?