In 80 years the world’s financial markets and the corporate landscape have been transformed out of all recognition. Somewhere along the way Eurobonds, financial futures, securitisation and derivatives were all invented. But by whom? Geraldine Lambe tracked down some of the great innovators of the past few decades and talked to them about the times when long-dated floating rate notes were regarded as dangerous products, the futures business meant pork bellies and orange juice, and a $1m fee was considered outrageous.

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