Business week in review
Sunday 16 June 2013
Well, it turns out you can win the lottery twice. Vue chief executive and founder, Tim Richards, and private equity backer, Doughty Hanson, sold the chain for £935m to Omers Private Equity and Alberta Investment Corporation on Monday.
Richards reportedly made £25m when Doughty bought Vue for £450m three years ago.
Sir Roger Carr was confirmed as the next chairman at submarines-to-missiles manufacturer BAE Systems on Wednesday.
Burberry boss Angela Ahrendts has collected a £6.8m windfall, according to the company's annual report, released on Thursday. However, her salary was halved and the package was down on last year's £15.6m.
...at a loss
Severn Trent chairman Andrew Duff must have thought he had done a good job in rebuffing a £5.3bn bid from a consortium led by Canada's Borealis on Tuesday.
Given the virtually guaranteed long-term revenue from utilities, the board had been keen to argue that the bid undervalued the company. Yet many top investors are said to be frustrated that Duff and his team hadn't communicated with the bidder properly.
Peter Hambro, the chairman at miner Petropavlovsk, saw 18 per cent of investors vote against his re-election on Thursday.
On Friday, Post Office boss Paula Vennells was hit by news that workers are set to strike over branch closures and pay.
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- 2 Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
- 3 The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
- 4 Now diplomacy has failed, boycotting Israel might be the only way we can protect the people of Gaza
- 5 Israel's propaganda machine is finally starting to misfire
Russell Brand accuses Sean Hannity of terrorism after aggressive Israel-Gaza debate
Pope Francis issues top 10 tips for happiness
Justin Bieber posts Instagram photo of a crying Orlando Bloom after Ibiza fight 'over Miranda Kerr'
Disney heiress Abigail disowns her share of family profits in West Bank company
Air Algerie AH5017 crash: Jet fell 30,000 feet in three minutes ‘due to violent storm’
The secret report that helps Israel hide facts
Land for gas: Merkel and Putin discussed secret deal could end Ukraine crisis
Woman and two children killed by mob in riots over 'blasphemous' Facebook post in Pakistan
Richard Dawkins tweets: 'Date rape is bad, stranger rape is worse'
Putin is 'thuggish, dishonest and reckless', says British ambassador to US
Boozy, ignorant, intolerant, but very polite – Britain as others see us
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