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Russian oligarch Boris Berezovsky may have left debts of more than £300m when he died in “tragic and mysterious” circumstances, the High Court heard today.

Business Diary: If at first you do succeed, bet again...

Ralph Topping, William Hill's chief executive, has a charmingly honest explanation for how the bookie has managed to weather the storm of too few draws in the Premier League (punters tend to back wins) better than its rival Labroke's. "Encouraging levels of recycling in retail," he explains. In other words, the bookie managed to persuade its customers to reinvest their winnings on losing bets.

Business Diary: 17/10/2009

Bankers in their sights

Who says we're in a recession? When the Mayfair gunmaker William Evans launched its new top-end shotguns, at £10,000 a go, it made just 20, fearing there might be few buyers at that price. But the collection sold out within weeks. Either some bankers are still raking it in, or quite a few people out there plan on hunting the bankers.

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Grant will always believe that he was one penalty kick from greatness in Moscow last year

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Chelsea today named Ron Gourlay as their new chief executive.

Kenyon quits leaving Arnesen to rule at Chelsea

Club denies chief executive's departure is linked to Kakuta as rival wins power struggle

Sam Wallace: Secretive Dane has always had the ear of Abramovich

Frank Arnesen has proved so powerful at Chelsea that even Peter Kenyon, the man who always seems to land on his feet, found it impossible to see off the influence of the Danish talent scout who has the ear of Roman Abramovich.

Mutu seeks Abramovich talks over &pound;15m fine

Fiorentina striker Adrian Mutu is hoping to hold talks with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich over the size of the fine he owes to the Blues.

Oversleeping is relaxed Ancelotti's main worry

Carlo Ancelotti may have never tasted coaching life outside his native Italy, but the new Chelsea manager insists his Premier League debut today does not represent a leap into the unknown.

Terry confirms commitment to Chelsea

Chelsea captain John Terry has confirmed he is "totally committed" to the Stamford Bridge side.

Al-Fahim becomes Portsmouth chairman

Sulaiman Al Fahim has been appointed chairman of Portsmouth with immediate effect after the Premier League today gave his takeover bid the green light.

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Sam Wallace: Roman cannot complain if 'Mr Chelsea' leaves

Abramovich took big wages to a new level. Someone else has now picked up the baton

Chelsea: potential transfer list

Chelsea were once England's big spenders, signing every world-beater in sight and reaping the rewards with back-to-back league titles.

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