From washing dishes to Michelin stars. Andrew Fairlie’s life story sounds almost incredible: he has come from modest circumstances to run Scotland’s only restaurant with two Michelin stars. Some foodies say it’s the best in Britain.
As the “eighth member” of the Federal Council, Federal Chancellor Walter Thurnherr acts an advisor to the Swiss federal government. He does his job so well that he’s being considered as a successor to Doris Leuthard, a departing federal councilor for the political party CVP (Christian Social Party).
How does a man who cooked in top London restaurants to world’s crisis-hit areas and conflict zones wind up as a General Manager in the Maldives? From the First Gulf War to a tourist paradise – a conversation about culture shocks, crises and a life on the run.
At age 50, Piotr Beczala is one of the biggest opera stars, performs on the world’s biggest stages as a lyric tenor, and counts Anna Netrebko among his circle of friends. He modestly attributes his success to his wife Katarzyna, a fellow Pole who gave up her own opera singing career for him. An interview with the two on the power of love, the strengths of taking it slow, and why Mrs. Beczala dreams of goats.
Andreas Homoki, curly-haired and perennially clad casually in jeans, is an artist through and through, modern and wild in his ideas. Even if he sometimes ruffles feathers, or hears the odd boo now and then.
As a five-year-old, Sabine Appenzeller played opera with her Lego. Today, the fifty-year-old plays a key role at the Zurich Opera House as its right hand. How the auditorium personnel manager handles “opera groupies” and why she didn’t follow her dream of being a professional opera singer.
On New Year’s Eve in 2017, Chris’ girlfriend Kim died of breast cancer. She was just 30 years old. As the cancer progressed through her body, the couple shared their ups and downs on social media, and discovered a different side of Instagram – one in which a community of total strangers unites around you in your darkest hour. #kimscrew was and continues to be a source of support and strength for Chris – and a way for Kim’s legacy to live on.
He stands out. With his elegance and his eloquence. His suave appearance is evidence of many years spent in the world of successful entrepreneurs. As the founder of Scout24 (Immoscout24, Autoscout24, etc.), Joachim Schoss, 55, is well acquainted with success.
She thinks fast, she talks fast – and she’s funny, too. When I sit down to interview Carolina Müller-Möhl, I find a relaxed and fun-loving woman who makes me laugh again and again, despite the seriousness of the issues she fights for as an entrepreneur.
The former presenter of German TV channel ZDF Nina Ruge, 61, on her difficult start in life, on having to struggle alone, and on the pain of not having had children.
His pictures are just like his life: extreme and intense. How he takes them, too: in Siberia, North Korea, and the Caucasus. Why he goes in search of isolation rather than taking photographs of people, why he could no longer meditate after his father’s death, and what frightened him on his trip to North Korea.
At 22, he fled Communist Hungary and became an enemy of the state dictatorship. Today, Leslie Mandoki, 65, has links with both Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and German Chancellor Angela Merkel and works to build bridges.
His career began as an extra at the Klagenfurt theater, the same place where a young Udo Jürgens discovered his love of piano. Marko Kathol found this world so fascinating that he quit school at the age of 17 and became a ballet dancer. Then a tenor. He was blessed by success. Until burnout struck.
When the trans woman tells stories about her everyday life in Istanbul, you feel like you’re looking into the abyss. To stop the attacks from continuing in the future, the 40-year-old shouts her experiences out loud to the world.
Her grandparents starved to death in the Second World War, her mother was shot at, and she prefers to surround herself with people suffering from mental illness. The life of the 66-year-old artist is extraordinary from start to finish.
As the director of the European Centre for Press and Media Freedom, the 51-year-old German takes action to help journalists who are under threat. Like Deniz Yücel. Or murder victim Ján Kuciak.
Iria Degen loves to combine extremes in her life: relaxation and risk, kids and career. Failure is fine – what she hates is stagnation. On Mallorca, she’s building a holiday home with interior decor you can buy.
He went bankrupt with his building company twice and had to let 25 employees go. Pablo Bujosa only became a painter at 43 on the advice of an astrologer, although he doesn’t believe in “that stuff” at all.
With his online market research, he made millions. In Germany, Frank Maruccia was a pioneer, lauded by his peers. Today, he finds his riches in relaxation. As a winemaker, he focuses on the things that really matter.
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