Gina joined Breakingviews in 2016 from the Financial Times, where she was the enforcement and regulatory correspondent in Washington, most recently focused on white-collar crime and cyber security. Before that, Gina was the corporate reporter for Quartz and spent seven years at the Wall Street Journal in New York, Baghdad and Detroit, covering M&A, war and cars. She also has written a book about the Khmer Rouge, trained journalists in Iraq and written from her native Seoul.
Corporate chiefs are brimming with purpose. They’re high on stewardship and sustainability, a theme of the confab. Unilever’s cutting back on plastics. Aluminium smelter En+ is planting 1 mln trees. Unlike past years, the pledges go beyond PR – and they can be held accountable.
Mike Bloomberg and Tom Steyer boosted their presidential poll ratings after doling out a total of $380 mln for political ads. That’s more than twice the outlay of all other contenders combined. But Bernie Sanders’ small-donor approach may well prove more potent in the end.
It’s a high bar, but the U.S. president is in an acutely braggadocious mood. He signed a China trade deal, stocks are at record highs and Iran’s top general is dead. Impeachment aside, the global elite will be even more annoyed by him because he has real things to brag about.