FT Announcements

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Jack Dorsey speaks at first annual FT 125 flagship event

21 November 2014: Last night the FT hosted its first annual 125 flagship event in London. FT editor Lionel Barber interviewed Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square, chairman of Twitter and founder of both. The event is the latest in an exclusive members-only forum to help prepare the next generation of business leaders.

Dorsey announced during the interview that Square would make its free Register app available globally. He also discussed the future role of social products for businesses. About his own career he said he chose to study computer science over politics at university “because it had the power to create change in an instant, rather than years”. Read more

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Financial Times announces top 100 US women financial advisers of 2014

NEW YORK, 19 November 2014: Today the FT launches its inaugural Financial Times 100 list which recognises the top women financial advisers across the US. The FT 100 was developed in collaboration with Ignites Research, a subsidiary of the FT that provides specialised content on asset management.

The top advisers hail from 25 states and Washington, D.C.The average adviser has 24 years experience and manages $1.8 billion worth of assets. This elite group embodies some of the leading trends in the investment management industry: 40 per cent work in the fast-growing independent Registered Investment Adviser sector; 19 per cent are based in New York City, the nation’s top wealth center; and 56 per cent offer holistic financial planning services. Read more

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Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty wins the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award 2014

11 November 2014: The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company today announce that Thomas Piketty has won the 2014 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award (www.ft.com/bookaward) for Capital in the Twenty-First Century, published by Belknap Press and Harvard University Press. The book is an account of the historical evolution of inequality in advanced economies, presenting key economic and social patterns uncovered through an analysis of data from twenty countries, ranging as far back as the eighteenth century.

The award, which recognises the book that provides ‘the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues’, was presented this evening to Thomas Piketty’s editor Ian Malcolm in London by Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times and chair of the panel of judges, and Dominic Barton, global managing director of McKinsey & Company. Keynote speaker at the ceremony was Tony Hall, Director-General of the BBC. Read more

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Financial Times and Deutsche Bank Reading Group expands across UK

11 November 2014: The FT Reading Group, a scheme using Financial Times journalism to improve school students’ knowledge of current affairs and business issues, has extended its work from London to Birmingham. The group includes a network of volunteers from the FT and Deutsche Bank who spend time reading and discussing FT articles to students.

Since Deutsche Bank launched the scheme with London’s Cambridge Heath Sixth Form in 2012, the FT Reading Group has expanded into 16 schools and colleges across the city and now benefits students at two sixth forms in Birmingham. The project is also launching at London Thunder in South East London: a new project offering alternative education to local 14-16 year olds at risk of being excluded from school. Read more

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How To Spend It publishes anniversary issue in aid of Save the Children

Titled How To Give It, and published on 29 November, this unique commemorative issue will feature 83 lots with a combined value of over £500,000. The magazine will feature interviews with Colin Firth, Marc Newson, Stella McCartney, Rene Redzepi and Lapo Elkann. Star lots include a £93,300 limited edition Chopard Tourbillon watch made of Fairmined 18ct rose gold; a £32,000 holiday for two on North Island, Seychelles; one-of-a kind handbags by Prada and Gucci, each worth in excess of £20,000; and a champagne-paired dinner for six people hosted by Olivier Krug in his childhood home in Reims, worth £15,000.

Gillian de Bono, editor of How To Spend It, said: “I am overwhelmed by the generosity of all the luxury brands donating one-of a-kind, bespoke or high value items to our anniversary auction, and the enthusiasm of everyone involved. I am extremely grateful to Christie’s who waived all commissions for this project so that all the funds raised go directly to Save the Children.” Read more

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Jeremy Paxman joins FT Weekend as contributing editor

6 November 2014 – Jeremy Paxman, the celebrated television anchor and best-selling author, is joining the Financial Times as a contributing editor.

Paxman will write regularly for FT Weekend, focussing on long-form writing, diaries and Lunch with the FT interviews. Read more

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FT launches FirstFT to bring readers must-reads from around the web

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FT honoured with PR Week award for internal communications

The Financial Times took home the award for best internal communications campaign at this year’s PR Week Awards ceremony, held in London on October 14, 2014.

The winning campaign, Digital Learning Week, is an annual event held in FT offices globally that informs, educates and creates a dialogue around all things digital for both editorial and commercial employees. In 2014, Digital Learning Week included 64 events with 90 high calibre internal and external speakers. Read more

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Financial Times hosts inaugural FT Africa Summit

The Financial Times hosted its inaugural FT Africa Summit in London this week. FT editor Lionel Barber and Africa editor Javier Blas chaired the event, sub-titled ‘Consolidating the Continent’s Rise’. It featured keynote presentations and high-level panels involving finance ministers, investors and business leaders with an interest in Africa. More than 275 delegates gathered at Claridge’s Hotel to discuss the issues affecting this rapidly developing region as it cements its position in the global economy.

Lionel Barber said: “Africa has become a magnet for international investors and has a vibrant business and financial markets sector. The FT has a dedicated team of journalists working from four bureaux across the continent and our new Africa Summit demonstrates our commitment to covering this important region, giving a platform to the leaders who are driving the rise of Africa’s economic power.” Read more

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