Chinese Billionaire Zhang Xin: 'The Old Model Doesn't Work Anymore'

Chinese Billionaire Zhang Xin: 'The Old Model Doesn't Work Anymore'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 22, 2016

In a SPIEGEL interview, billionaire real estate mogul Zhang Xin discusses the recent market crash, the end of China's building boom and why she views Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg as a role model for the wealthy. Interview Conducted by Bernhard Zand more... Comment ]

VW Scandal: Time for German Industry to Abandon Its Arrogance

VW Scandal: Time for German Industry to Abandon Its Arrogance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 30, 2015

Arrogance and complacency are widespread in Germany industry, with Volkswagen becoming just the most recent example. For the German economy to remain healthy, fundamental changes are necessary. A Commentary by Armin Mahler more... Comment ]


'No Reason for Concern': Energy Exec Says Ukraine Crisis Not Bad for Business

'No Reason for Concern': Energy Exec Says Ukraine Crisis Not Bad for Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2014

The political crisis between Europe and Russia continues to worsen and sanctions are coming. But Johannes Teyssen, CEO of utility giant E.on is unconcerned. He says the Moscow-Berlin partnership has promoted peace on the continent and warns against gambling it away. An Interview by Frank Dohmen and Stefan Schultz more... Comment ]

ThyssenKrupp Under Fire: 'We Won't Be Pressured'

ThyssenKrupp Under Fire: 'We Won't Be Pressured'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 23, 2013

Debt-plagued German industrial giant ThyssenKrupp has been struggling with shrinking equity capital and having difficulty selling off unprofitable mills. CEO Heinrich Hiesinger explains how he plans to prevent the breakup of the company. more... Comment ]


H&M Boss: 'We Are Helping People Live a Better Life'

H&M Boss: 'We Are Helping People Live a Better Life'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 10, 2013

Karl-Johan Persson, CEO of global clothing chain H&M, discusses the responsibility of the garment industry for working conditions in Bangladesh and the so-called contradiction between growth and sustainability. more... Comment ]

Interview with Volkswagen CEO: 'European Auto Crisis Is an Endurance Test'

Interview with Volkswagen CEO: 'European Auto Crisis Is an Endurance Test'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2013

The European automobile market is struggling and many manufacturers face falling profits. Volkswagen has suffered too, but CEO Martin Winterkorn notes in an interview with SPIEGEL that profits are still strong. He also defends his salary, which is among the highest in Europe. more... Comment ]


German Industry Leader: 'Greece Should Become a Special Economic Zone'

German Industry Leader: 'Greece Should Become a Special Economic Zone'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 11, 2012

The business community finally needs some clarity about Greece's future, German industry leader Hans-Peter Keitel warns politicians in a SPIEGEL ONLINE interview. As part of efforts to rescue the country, he proposes billions in aid for Athens and turning Greece into a special economic zone within the European Union. more...

SPIEGEL Interview with Richard Branson: 'Climate Change Is a Huge Opportunity'

SPIEGEL Interview with Richard Branson: 'Climate Change Is a Huge Opportunity'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 21, 2012

In an interview, British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson argues that climate change will only be taken seriously when companies can find ways to profit from it. The battle to prevent global warming, he argues, requires brains and creativity. more... Comment ]


SAP Co-Founder Hasso Plattner: 'Germany Is a Nation of Grumblers'

SAP Co-Founder Hasso Plattner: 'Germany Is a Nation of Grumblers'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 29, 2012

Hasso Plattner is one of the co-founders of German business software giant SAP, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary. In a SPIEGEL interview, he explains what German entrepreneurs could learn from Americans and shares his memories of Apple's Steve Jobs. more... Comment ]

Interview with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: 'We're Going To Build a Multibillion Dollar Grocery Business'

Interview with Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz: 'We're Going To Build a Multibillion Dollar Grocery Business'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 20, 2011

In a SPIEGEL interview, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz discusses his anger towards American politicians, the role of speculators in the coffee business, his expansion plans for Germany and the Seattle-based company's plan to transform itself into a player in the grocery business. more... Comment ]