Business features

Alan Miller

By Candice Krieger, June 11, 2009

To many, Alan Miller is one of Britain’s most accomplished fund mangers, having made more than £30 million as chief of New Star’s flagship hedge fund.

Others may know him for his high-profile divorce and the £5 million he was ordered to pay his wife of nearly three years. But it is the money man’s latest venture that he really wants to be remembered for.

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Michael Gutman

By Candice Krieger, June 4, 2009

V Michael Gutman, the managing director of Westfield UK and Europe shopping empire, can be forgiven for looking a little smug.
When the 53-year-old Australian launched London’s largest shopping mall last year amidst the worst economic slump in decades, sceptical onlookers predicted the project would fail. Today, close to 13 million customers have visited the £1.6 billion centre in Shepherd’s Bush, west London — an average of around 50,000 visitors a week. And Mr Gutman expects to exceed their annual target of 20 million customers.

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David Levin

By Candice Krieger, May 27, 2009

David Levin rarely gives interviews. And despite his high profile as head of United Business Media (UBM), the publicly-listed publishing and exhibitions group, Mr Levin seems uncomfortable with the idea of courting publicity. But he has agreed to talk, to reveal the deeply-rooted values that drive him both in and outside of the office.

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Richard Balfour-Lynn

By Candice Krieger, May 21, 2009

Survival of the fittest is the business mantra for 2009 — and hotel and leisure entrepreneur Richard Balfour-Lynn is up for the challenge.

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Karen Mattison

By Candice Krieger, May 14, 2009

The recession is redefining the status of part-time work, says Karen Mattison, the director and co-founder of Women Like Us.

Established in 2003, the London-based organisation matches mothers wanting to get back to work with flexible job opportunities.

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Aviram Jenik

By Candice Krieger, May 7, 2009

Aviram Jenik makes money by hacking into people’s computers. It is his job.

Mr Jenik’s business, Beyond Security, is a computer security testing firm that identifies weaknesses or, as Mr Jenik puts it, “bad things”, that can make company computers vulnerable to hackers.

His clients include Mastercard, Visa, the Ministry of Defence, KPMG and Microsoft.

According to Mr Jenik, around 30 new weaknesses are found in computer systems every week. These can cost companies millions of pounds. And such attacks are becoming increasingly prevalent in the present economic climate.

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Rich Listers prove top givers

By Candice Krieger and Marcus Dysch, April 30, 2009

Five of Britain’s ten richest people are Jewish, according to this year’s Sunday Times Rich List.

Their performance could prompt the creation of a separate section focusing solely on the country’s wealthiest Jews, according to compiler Philip Beresford. He said it could be produced “at the drop of a hat” for the 2010 edition.

But the economic downturn has seen huge losses to even the biggest fortunes.

Chabad donor and London-based diamond mogul Lev Leviev, who was last year ranked 21st with a wealth of £2.5bn, is not on this year’s list.

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Shai Weiss

By Candice Krieger, April 29, 2009

When billionaire Sir Richard Branson needed someone to head up a multi-million-pound fund to invest in renewable energy, he turned to Israeli businessman Shai Weiss.

The duo had previously worked together when Mr Weiss, now 41, was managing director at cable company NTL:Telewest. He was instrumental in NTL’s purchase of Virgin Mobile, part of Sir Richard’s Virgin Group. The merger was rebranded Virgin Media. “After that was all said and done, Richard approached me to come and do something in the renewable sector, and I agreed,” says Mr Weiss.

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'This budget is old Labour'

By Candice Krieger, April 23, 2009

Nick Leslau, chairman and chief executive of property company Prestbury Investment Holdings:

“It all feels terribly lame to me. Taxing high earners is so wonderfully old Labour.

“Who, driving a ten-year-old car, can afford a new one to claim their scrap reward? If they can then they probably could have bought a new one without any help. It is all so marginal. I am relieved that huge cuts in public spending are planned, but highly cynical as to whether they will be achieved.

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Trevor Abrahmsohn

By Candice Krieger, April 14, 2009

Reports of increased activity in London’s residential property market by foreign investors are good news for Trevor Abrahmsohn.

Mr Abrahmsohn, 54, the founder and managing director of Glentree Estates in north London, is known for selling expensive — or “trophy”, as he puts it — homes to overseas investors.

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