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Tidjane Thiam was 'a dead man walking' after his $36bn bid for AIA foundered. But now he's the toast of the City

Aviva chief shows faith with £480,000 share purchase

Aviva's chief executive, Mark Wilson, has put his money where his mouth is by buying almost £500,000-worth of shares in the troubled insurer.

Surge in profit expected at Prudential

Prudential's boss, Tidjane Thiam, will this week move closer to reaching an ambitious set of targets that could eventually lead to a break-up of the 164-year-old insurer.

Aviva £2.3bn in the red after huge loses in sale of US arm

Aviva will fall deeply into the red this week when it writes off around £2bn from the value of its former US business.

'Golden hello' executive says goodbye at Aviva

Trevor Matthews, the man whose “golden hello” contributed to a shareholder revolt at Aviva last year, is leaving the insurer, it emerged today.

More over-65s still in workforce

The baby-boomer generation will produce "a new type of retiree" – healthier, more social but likely to stay in work well into their seventies, according a new survey.

Ten million over-65s show caring side as they help out families, charities and local communities for free

The army of older people helping out families, charities and local communities for free would earn £643m a week at minimum wage scale.

Former AIA boss takes Aviva helm

Aviva has ended months of speculation by appointing Mark Wilson, below, as its new chief executive.

Wilson gets top job as Aviva ends its search for a new boss

Aviva has ended months of speculation by appointing Mark Wilson as its new chief executive.

Former AIA boss is front-runner to be Aviva chief

Mark Wilson, former boss of Asian insurer AIA, has emerged as the frontrunner to become the next Aviva chief executive.

Aviva braces for US sell-off and a new chief executive

Decision time is looming for Aviva's chairman John McFarlane, who yesterday admitted his company is too sluggish and bureaucratic.

Mo Farah does his trademark ‘Mobot’ following his win in yesterday’s two-mile race

The Mobot returns in triumph but fails to overhaul Ovett's record

Double gold medallist delights capacity crowd two days after the birth of his twin daughters

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Beating Ivan Ukhov was reason enough for Robbie Grabarz to be happy with his afternoon shift yesterday at the Birmingham track where he puts in his daily graft. Still, there are prizes other than the scalp of the Olympic high jump champion.

Proud new dad Mo Farah in Birmingham

Mo Farah celebrates birth of twin daughters

Olympic gold medal hero Mo Farah was celebrating his second double success of the summer today after his wife gave birth to twin girls.

Greg Rutherford jumps for gold at the Olympic Stadium

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Greg Rutherford was back on old ground yesterday but thinking of a future that could take the new golden boy of British athletics to Texas. The Milton Keynes athlete who struck long jump gold on that magical Super Saturday in the Olympic Stadium three weeks ago was coaching youngsters at the Royal Sutton Coldfield Athletics Club, recalling his time in the area as a 14-year-old triallist with Aston Villa.

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