Richard Beales joined Breakingviews in 2007 from the Financial Times, where he was U.S. markets editor and a Lex columnist. Prior to the FT, he spent more than 10 years as an investment banker at Schroders and Citigroup, based largely in Hong Kong and working on project finance, mergers and acquisitions. He has also lived in Sydney, Australia, and began his working life in London at Mars & Co, a management consultancy. Richard holds a masters in business journalism from New York University and a degree in biochemistry from St John’s College, Cambridge. Follow Richard on Twitter @richardbeales1
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The White House wannabe boasts a net worth of over $10 bln and self-declared income of $557 mln. He also insists there’s nothing to see in his actual tax returns. With inequality and job angst driving voter anger, Trump’s braggadocio is characteristically counterintuitive.
Chris Hohn’s hedge fund has tackled the likes of Japan Tobacco and Coal India. That puts the 61 bln euro German carmaker in some bad company. Yet complaints of excessive pay, weak governance and inefficient operations are not new. Only VW’s controlling owners can force change.
The social network’s new non-voting shares have been challenged in court. A similar spat at Google ended with the search giant paying shareholders just $522 mln – 0.15 pct of its market cap. An equivalent result at Facebook would entrench boss Mark Zuckerberg’s control cheaply.
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