Alex Ferguson: “One of the pupils at Harvard said to me, ‘What do you know now that you wish you’d known 30 years ago?’ - and it’s communication. When I was younger I wanted to rule the world and do everything.”

When Sir Alex Ferguson became a professional footballer in the early 1960s, he earned £16 a week (£300 in today’s money) in a sport that was a solid (...)

     Rupert Murdoch and Chinese president Xi Jinping: Xi offered  assurances to the News Corp chairman that China would remain open to overseas journalists, despite the government withholding residence visas for foreign reporters. Photograph: China Daily/Reuters

Chinese president Xi Jinping’s first official visit as head of state to the US will highlight the stark differences that remain between the world’s la(...)

Matt Jacobson, one of Facebook’s first employees and now its head of market research, on the roof of his home in Manhattan Beach, California. Photograph: Elizabeth Lippman/The New York Times

In 2005, Matt Jacobson was 44 and looking for a new job after leaving Quiksilver, the surf brand. A friend suggested that he meet with an unknown star(...)

‘The Starry Night’ by Vincent van Gogh. Photograph: AP/Museum of Modern Art

Just seeing the crayon colours painted on the tall iron fence of the 18th-century Parisian townhouse made me shiver. The big panda in flip flops in(...)

Minister for Finance Michael Noonan. ‘In many respects, the Irish economy is now on autopilot: the policy parameters are known and set by our European masters.’ Photograph: Collins

It’s almost as if Ireland’s economic success story is happening to a different country: it is as hard to find another economy – almost anywhere in (...)

Former England footballer Gary Lineker volunteered his services to cover BBC golf coverage after Steve Rider left the broadcasters. Photograph: Getty.

Ah, Steve Rider. Out of the haze of sports television’s glory years steps the most urbane and dulcet-toned presenter of them all to remind everybod(...)

Storyful’s founder and former chief executive, Mark Little. Photograph: Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile

Storyful, the social-media verification agency founded by Mark Little, is hiring, but what kind of person might they be looking for? In its recruitmen(...)

Phone-hacking scandal: Rupert Murdoch, chief executive of News Corp, ultimate owner of the News of the World, in 2011. Photograph: Oli Scarff/Getty

Back in the early days of Nick Davies’s investigation into phone hacking at the News of the World newspaper, someone contacted students who had attend(...)

US-based cable TV giant Liberty Global, owned by  Irish-American businessman John Malone (above), is conducting due diligence on Irish  TV3 with a view to buying the business. Liberty Global  owns the UPC Ireland cable TV, telephone and broadband company. File photograph: Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

US-based cable TV giant Liberty Global is conducting due diligence on Irish terrestrial broadcaster TV3 with a view to buying the business. According(...)

Rupert Murdoch is preparing to step down as chief executive officer of 21st Century Fox Inc. and hand the CEO title to his son James.

Rupert Murdoch is preparing to step down as chief executive officer of 21st Century Fox Inc. and hand the title to his son James, according to sources(...)