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.
Uber says its “total addressable market” is $12.3 trln. Lyft is less exuberant, claiming a mere $1.2 trln TAM, while one estimate of WeWork’s global real-estate opportunity hits over $200 trln. Such heady figures show ambition, but investors need to address the built-in hype.
Chevron will collect a $1 bln break fee rather than topping its rival’s $38 bln bid for the U.S. shale driller. Some Occidental owners will protest the lack of a vote on the deal at Friday’s annual meeting. Greater pressure may come in 2020 if the merger isn’t getting into gear.
Hedge-fund boss Ray Dalio and others rightly fret about the gap between rich and poor. Global poverty is on average declining, at least. But a new report shows land, water and species pay an unsustainable price. Changing that means properly valuing what underpins human gains.