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”.
NEW YORK: 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.
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.
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.