If Canadian Business's Rich 100 is to be believed, 2010 was a bad year for David Azrieli. The property developer slipped from being Canada's eighth wealthiest man in 2009, to 11th last year, and saw his net worth plunge 21 per cent to $2.93 billion (£1.75 billion).
If you have bought a pair of shoes on the high street, it is more than likely that they came from Harvey Jacobson. The Manchester millionaire is head of the Jacobson Group, a north-west footwear firm, which supplies more than 10 million pairs of shoes a year to most national retailers. Its brands include Gola, Frank Wright and Dunlop, plus a strong own-label footwear division.
China and other emerging markets have been the big success story of the past decade, outperforming developed markets and leading many to predict that China will be next global superpower. So as the debate about the decline of the West and rise of the BRICs (Brazil, Russia, India and China) reaches feverish proportions, should we really still believe the BRIC hysteria?
More people will be driving electric vehicles than petrol-fuelled ones by 2020, says Shai Agassi.
The high-profile Israeli entrepreneur is the founder of Better Place, the pioneering start-up that is making significant headway in promoting the mass adoption of electric cars through a network of charging stations and battery-swapping facilities.