Winners and losers as pandemic transforms corporate landscape
It was a good year for Elon Musk, with Tesla now more valuable than almost all its auto industry rivals combined
With the possible exception of the coronavirus, nobody had a better 2020 than Elon Musk. The South African-born, Silicon Valley-based entrepreneur is the founder and presiding genius at Tesla, the electric-car maker that replaced Apple last year as the world’s most talked-about company.
Tesla’s share price soared almost eight-fold during 2020, valuing it at $669 billion on December 31. A few years ago it was a start-up, prone to missing production targets, visionary over-reach...
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Big Blue way ahead as tide turns on corporate cash for politicians
Not every company can be like IBM in eschewing political patronage. But if they want to play politics, boardrooms must think before acting
Vincent Boland: Acts of heroism and humanity stand out in an annus horribilis
From athletes to protesters, and from young people to scientists, 2020 was shaped by inspiring people who gave the world reason to hope
Vincent Boland: China has its limits as a superpower
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Popular culture – movies, music, football, cricket, GAA matches – is simply a collection of assets to be bought and sold. That is the context in which the entertainment industry now operates