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The Health and Wealth of Nations

A recent office discussion centred on individuals considered as having achieved ‘rock star’ status, in their chosen field of work, during the twenty first century. In terms of politics, we quickly settled on Nelson Mandela and in science we agreed it is Stephen Hawking. Both have appeared in The Simpsons which, we decided, was a helpful litmus test for our debate. Turning to art & design, it was harder to reach a consensus, but we opted for Ai Weiwei, the Chinese contemporary artist and activist. He famously collaborated with Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron in designing the Beijing “Bird’s Nest” stadium for the 2008 Olympics, a truly awe inspiring building. Finally, we voted for Angelina Jolie as our rock star actor and director, influenced equally by her humanitarian work alongside her back catalogue of films.

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