Boy survives alone in Siberia for days


The boy, Tserin Dopchut, was discovered unharmed by emergency officials and family members Wednesday morning, Russia’s Emergencies Ministry said.

“Hooray,” said Sholban Kara-ool, the head of the Russia Republic of Tuva, the region where the boy lived. “Thanks to everyone who helped!”

Search teams had been combing the area south of the village of Hout, in Pii-Khem district, shouting his name. Eventually Tserin responded to a call by his uncle, Kara-ool said in a Facebook post.

The boy had eaten the chocolate that was in his pocket and slept in a dry area under a larch tree, Kara-ool added.

After being hugged by a family member, the first thing Tserin asked about was his toy car.

The ministry said the boy is receiving medical assistance but his condition was “satisfactory.”

‘Wolves and bears’

Ayas Saryglar, the region’s emergencies’ chief said the boy’s life had been at risk.

“There are wolves and bears in the forest. The bears are now fattening for the winter. They can attack anything that moves. In addition, it is warm during the day, but at night there are even frosts,’ he told the Siberian Times.
“If we consider that the kid disappeared during the day, he was not properly dressed — only a shirt and shoes, no coat.”
Villagers joined in the search for the boy

Tserin was playing outside with friends and dogs when he disappeared, said Kara-ool. He was reported missing at 9 a.m. local time Wednesday, according to the ministry.

“The whole village is happy,” said Kara-ool, adding that they nicknamed him Mowgli — protagonist of Rudyard Kipling’s “The Jungle Book.”

“Even adults are surprised by his stamina and ability to survive in the cold woods,” said Kara-ool.

What the fashion world doesn't want you to see


Yet when fashion week rolls into town, photographers volunteer to enter the pit in search of the perfect picture. Perched at the end of the runway there’s nowhere to hide, and the difference between a front page splash and the virtual dustbin can be a matter of millimeters.

They’re a special breed and one worth examining, so we sent our intrepid snapper into the throng to turn her camera on her colleagues — and herself.

Years covering London Fashion Week: “Probably since 1993 or 1994. Over 20 years, definitely.”

Do you have a favorite show you’ve covered?

“Anything [Alexander] McQueen did was just genius. I mean, I’m a blokey bloke from East London, but you go and see one of those shows… they were just amazing.”

How has the job changed since you started?

“In the days of film you shot a show, you put it in a bag and a courier came and picked it up. Now you have more work because you have to process it all yourself. But at least it puts you back in control of your pictures… you can send your own selection now and give your own interpretation of things.”

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What is the most shocking thing you’ve seen from the pit?

“The big one, the cardinal sin [of the pit], is taking someone else’s spot. I once saw a fantastic fight in Milan. This is going back a long time ago, maybe the late ’90s. Some French guy had nicked some Italian guy’s spot. Everyone was on their boxes and they started to have a proper tear-up. One of them hit the other one and literally half the photographers went down like a house of cards.”

What is your pet peeve when it comes to guests?

“The fashion world is quite an odd one. I wouldn’t say most of the people are self-centered, but they’re very focused on what they’re doing and don’t tend to be aware of themselves. The big problem is with crossed legs. Spaces are very narrow a lot of the time, so quite often you only have a foot or sometimes less either side of where you’re shooting, and if you have muck in it, it ruins it.

“We shout at them to uncross their legs. They normally do. Occasionally there’s a more stubborn person.”

Suzanne Plunkett

Suzanne Plunkett (center) takes a self portrait in a reflection at the end of the runway.

Years covering LFW: “Every season since September 2004. Previously I was based in New York, where I shot the city’s fashion week from 1999-2002.”

Beyond cameras, what’s your essential piece of kit?

“Duct tape and a marker pen are very important. They’re what you need to stake out your small square of workspace. Without a good vantage point, your fancy camera equipment is useless.”

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What’s your worst moment from the pit?

“A few years ago in London I remember shooting the entire Anya Hindmarsh show while getting hit on the head by a camera lens purposely and repeatedly by another photographer who showed up late and decided to use me (and my head) to express his frustration at not having a tall enough ladder.”

Any funny stories from your time on the fashion circuit?

“About 15 years ago in New York I was working for the Associated Press. Roughly 60 photographers were invited to shoot the DKNY runway show, but there was only space for about 20.

“The media liaisons for Donna Karan were very unhelpful and acted as if they didn’t want us there. A small group of us decided to walk out. As word spread that we had walked out, more and more photographers joined us, leaving only a couple of house photographers to shoot the high profile show. It felt very empowering. Needless to say the next season we were treated very differently and were served champagne and canapés!”

Hannah McKay

This is Hannah McKay's second London Fashion Week.

Years covering LFW: “This is my second season covering LFW. I’m here for the European Pressphoto Agency.”

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Are there any quirks of the job that might surprise the public?

“The LFW photographers’ wire room has an unlimited supply of popcorn!”

What’s the most shocking moments you’ve witnessed?

“At the end of a Julien Macdonald show, Julien Macdonald appeared on the catwalk with the models, when a member of the audience stood up and walked into the middle of the catwalk to get a picture of them on her phone, completely blocking my view. Luckily they walked the entire length of the runway for us, in which the woman had no choice but to step back to her seat.”

What’s been you best experience at a fashion week?

“The Charlotte Olympia show was the best to cover this year, it was energetic and colorful, which made a different editorial picture.”

Isabel Infantes

Isabel Infantes claims her space among colleagues at her first fashion week.

Years covering LFW: “One.”

How’s it been?

“So far it has been a very enjoyable experience. People had told me it can be turn a bit monotonous after a couple of days and there is also the hassle of moving from one location to the other. Overall it has been very good. I only wish I had more time to explore the showroom upstairs and the photographers’ room to get some free goodies. You can even book a free haircut!”

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What might the public not know about the life of a fashion photographer?

“Maybe the work that we put into after the show is done. We work under pressure to file the best pictures in the quickest way.”

Did you have any bad experiences at fashion week?

“I’ve got to admit I lost my temper a bit at one of the shows, when I arrived and saw my spot had been half-taken by another photographer. I panicked a bit but in the end we made peace.”

Do you have an interest in fashion?

“I do not consider myself a fashionista. With work I quite often do not even find time to look in the mirror and I still like things I wore ages ago.”

Ki Price

Ki Price, a regular photographer for Vivienne Westwood.

Years covering LFW: “Probably nine years now.”

Do you have any pet peeves as a photographer?

“I was shooting yesterday and someone next to me was shooting on their iPhone. That’s a bit of a pet hate for our whole industry in general. It is happening more and more. Someone’s got a blog and they’ve got 50 followers… I understand the need for that, but put them in the front row! Don’t give them the photographers’ and the video guys’ room. A lot of them don’t understand the rules of how to behave and how to play the game.”

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Have you experienced any shocking things from the pit?

“I mean there’s obviously petty quarrels that go on, [but] I don’t really think I’ve witnessed that much bad stuff.

“A couple of years ago I was at a show in East London and one of the models drops her handkerchief. Vivienne Westwood walks over to the catwalk, picks it up and tries to give it to her on the way back. It took the model totally by surprise. That was quite a nice little moment.”

What are your rules of the pit?

“Watch out for the Italians! No, what would I say? Be mindful of the photographers who have been there for a long time. Be respectful and try and get down. Just make friends, basically. These are the people you’re going to be working with year on, year out. Just try and conduct yourself in the best way possible.”

Jonas Gustavsson

Jonas Gustavsson (R) waits for the start of the Mary Katrantzou catwalk show.

Years covering LFW: “I’ve shot 46 seasons not including Haute Couture.”

How has the job changed since you started? “More stress, less work and much less pay, but that is also businesswide in photography. Not being 25 anymore does not help on the knees and hips when we stand for hours on end.”

Why do you do it? Do you still enjoy it? “I got started with it very young and loved the challenge of the shoots, some of the travel, camaraderie and the fantastic venues and shows you get to see. I do love it most of the time, the schedule has become more grueling through the years with more shows and longer days. I easily clock 18 hour days or more for about 5 weeks.”

What’s the most shocking moment you’ve witnessed? “A model walk straight off the runway at Jean Paul Gaultier, she was completely blinded by the lights and suddenly just walked off a high catwalk, she was fine albeit a bit ruffled.”

The pianist of Yarmouk: From rubble to record deal


“Every time I play I think of Yarmouk. I see destruction, children crying and people starving,” Ahmad says.

The 28-year-old grew up in the impoverished neighborhood on the outskirts of Damascus that was established as a Palestinian refugee camp three generations ago. He remembers it as a beautiful, vibrant community.

His father — a blind violinist — taught him how to play on an old brown Russian piano when he was five, and as a teenager Ahmad knew he wanted to be a pianist. “It is something in my fingers, I just can’t stop, it is like a drug,” he explains.

He would travel hours back and forth from the Syrian capital to the conservatory in Homs where he studied the works of Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Chopin. Later, he opened his own music shop.

Aeham was driven to try and help the people of Yarmouk forget the traumatic situation they were in.

Then the Syrian civil war came, and changed everything: Yarmouk was besieged by the forces of President Bashar al-Assad’s regime. Food, water and medicine became scarce, and dodging sniper fire was a daily reality.

But even as a humanitarian disaster unfolded around him, Ahmad was driven by an unstoppable passion for music and a desperate desire to “make the children smile again.”

So he pushed his piano into the wrecked streets of his hometown and started to play in the rubble. “I wanted to give the children hope,” he says. “They had no food, no school to go to.”

Aeham pushed his piano through the streets of Yarmouk to entertain residents of the besieged area.

The neighborhood’s youngest residents would gather around the piano and sing along in a rare moment of relief from the war.

Videos of Ahmad’s impromptu concerts spread on Youtube, and “The Pianist of Yarmouk” became a symbol of courage amid the chaos.

When ISIS took control of the area in April 2015, the situation got worse: The militants banned music, calling it “haram” (forbidden) and threatened Ahmad and his family.

One day an ISIS recruit set the young father’s piano on fire; he could do nothing but watch it burn.

“It hurt, but I wasn’t sad about the piano, I had plenty more,” he says. “I was sad because people were dying in Yarmouk.” His voice starts to tremble as he remembers the time a sniper shot a young girl who had come to watch him play. “Her name was Zayda,” he says.

Ahmad knew he had to flee Syria, so with the help of a German journalist, he paid a group of smugglers to get him to Turkey, and became one of the hundreds of thousands of refugees making the grueling journey across the Mediterranean and north through Europe.

He made it to Germany in September 2015, at the peak of the country’s “open door policy” towards migrants and refugees, and eventually settled in the picturesque city of Wiesbaden, where he was finally able to play again.

Aeham made his way to Europe carrying clothes and photographs of his family in a backpack.
A year later, he has become one of the country’s most famous pianists — and a symbol of hope for those in search of a new, peaceful life in Europe.
He has played nearly 200 concerts, won the Beethoven Prize for Human Rights, met Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel and won the heart of a nation inspired by his courage and passion for music.

Now, he lives the life of a musician, traveling from city to city, playing up to three concerts a day and spreading a powerful message. And he has just recorded his first album.

“I am tired, but I can’t stop playing. I want to give people hope,” he says. “I want tell good stories about Yarmouk, about Muslims and about the Syrian people. We are not terrorists.”

Aeham Ahmad has been reunited with his wife and two sons, Kinan and Ahmad.

In May the young father was granted asylum in Germany; a few weeks later his wife and two sons were able to join him, but starting a new life far away from home has been difficult for the young family.

“My wife is worried, because I travel so much”, he says. “But I need to make a living for my family.”

He struggles to forget the horrors he has seen.

“I am lucky because my wife and kids are with me now”, he says. “But I think about the people that are still there, about my parents and my brother who is imprisoned by the regime. I am worried I will never see them again. It’s a lot of pain.”

Aeham plays for his neighbours and kids at his new home in Wiesbaden, Germany.

On one of his rare evenings off, Ahmad invites me to his new home to meet his family and neighbors. “We have great Syrian coffee you have to try it,” he says with a grin.

It isn’t long before his fingers start to twitch, and he sits back down at the piano, his two sons Kinan, 2, and Ahmad, 4, happily by his side.

For a moment all the hardship seems forgotten, and this time he smiles as everyone joins in to sing an old, joyful classic from Aleppo.

CNN’s Atika Shubert and Madalena Araujo contributed to this report.

Spieth: I'll take Ryder Cup over $10 bonus


A second successive FedEx Cup title would earn Spieth a cool $10 million bonus. Golf pros don’t get paid to compete in the Ryder Cup competition between Europe and the US.

“If you’re saying 2016, right now, I’ve got a choice — Ryder Cup,” the American told reporters ahead of the Tour Championship at East Lake, Atlanta which starts Thursday.

The Tour Championship is the final event of four play-off tournaments that all count toward the FedEx Cup title.

“You want something you don’t have. That’s a trophy that I’ve watched the other side of and it hurt. It was tough at the closing ceremony,” said Spieth, referring to Europe’s win over the US at Gleneagles in Scotland two years ago when he was a rookie.

With Europe winning the last three editions of the Ryder Cup, the US team have a chance to take revenge at home with the 2016 Ryder Cup taking place at the Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minnesota Sept. 27 through Oct. 2.

FedEx Cup standings

Spieth is currently seventh in the FedEx Cup standings, meaning he needs to win the Tour Championship to have a chance of retaining his title.

Fellow American Dustin Johnson leads the standings and is one of five men (together with Patrick Reed, Adam Scott, Jason Day and Paul Casey) who will win the FedEx Cup if they take the Tour Championship, for the top 30 golfers, at East Lake this weekend.

“I don’t have a Ryder Cup,” said Spieth, who was criticized for skipping last month’s Rio Olympics, citing health concerns.

“I think I will have a Ryder Cup at some point. I think that will be easier to win, easier to have a Ryder Cup than a FedEx Cup going forward, given that you may not play your best and you’ve got teammates around you that play their best and win it.”

Brangelina: Cotillard breaks silence


The actress took to Instagram late Wednesday night and in a lengthy message, she told fans that she felt she needed to “speak up.” Cotillard, who stars in the upcoming film “Allied” with Pitt, was the subject of rumors that she was the reason Angelina Jolie filed for divorce on Monday.

“This is going to be my first and only reaction to the whirlwind news that broke 24 hours ago and that I was swept up into,” she wrote. “I am not used to commenting on things like this nor taking them seriously but as this situation is spiraling and affecting people I love, I have to speak up.”

Cotillard, 40, went on to tell the world that she’s expecting her second child with her partner Guillaume Canet. Cotillard and Canet already have a 5-year-old son together.

“Firstly, many years ago, I met the man of my life, father of our son and of the baby we are expecting. He is my love, my best friend, the only one that I need,” she continued in her message. “Secondly to those who have indicated that I am devastated, I am very well thank you. This crafted conversation isn’t distressing.”

Her final portion of the message addressed Pitt and Jolie directly: “And to all the media and the haters who are quick to pass judgment, I sincerely wish you a swift recovery. Finally, I do very much wish that Angelina and Brad, both whom I deeply respect, will find peace in this very tumultuous moment.”

Jolie is seeking physical custody of their six children. Pitt released the following statement to CNN following Jolie’s divorce filing.

“I am very saddened by this, but what matters most now is the wellbeing of our kids,” Pitt said. “I kindly ask the press to give them the space they deserve during this challenging time.”

Jolie’s attorney, Robert Offer, released the following statement to CNN when the news broke: “This decision was made for the health of the family. She will not be commenting at this time, and asks that the family be given their privacy during this difficult time.”

Can this $667M superyacht beat 1,000-1 odds?


But superyacht designers such as Andy Waugh are prepared to risk it as they attempt to land a dream commission.

If contracted, Waugh’s sleek concept would take up to five years to build. It would stretch to a comparatively modest 130 meters, but it won’t come cheap.

“Cost? You’re probably looking at £200 million to £500 million ($267 million to $667 million),” the British designer tells CNN. “It depends on the finish of the interior.

“If it’s gold swan taps in every bathroom, then the price of the interior can be three times a more modern design. So it totally depends on the client and what they want.”

Its owner will be able to enjoy an entire deck to themselves, complete with private cinema, jacuzzi, gym and spa, while guests will be able to take advantage of the same luxuries on the VIP deck below.

The chances of the yacht being built are around “one in a thousand,” Waugh admits, but cost, surprisingly, isn’t one of the major potential stumbling blocks.

“Lots of people like Epiphany, but what you hear a lot of the time is: ‘I like this but … I’ve got my own idea and I want something that is a bit more sensible,'” the London-based designer explains.

“They like stuff which is crazy, but a client needs to be able to believe — they need to be able to see themselves on that boat — which sometimes with the more radical designs they can’t really do.

“Usually it’s an inspiration, a sort of starting point for someone to get interested and they usually want something that’s bespoke to them but similar to something I’ve done in the past.”

Whim

The sort of people who can afford a $500 million boat often quickly become bored of their latest “toy,” according to Waugh.

“These things basically require a high-net-worth individual to fall in love with it. Even then they tend to fall in and out of love with stuff on a whim,” he says.

“I was doing a design for a Norwegian but it fell through because he couldn’t sell his boat. So there are all sorts of reasons why things don’t happen. Very random, really.”

Clients for superyachts costing over £100 million ($133 million) tend to come from the Middle East or Russia, Waugh says, but their reason for buying can vary greatly.

Is it ego?

“Sometimes it is,” he says, adding that there is competition between rich Saudis and Emiratis to have the biggest boat.

“But some guys just love yachting, they love the comfort of having a motor yacht and like to cruise around and they go to the Caribbean on it — it’s an adventure for them.

“That’s one side of the market. They tend to use their yachts a lot. Then there’s another side where it really is just about spending money for the sake of it and saying you’ve got the biggest yacht.

“Those guys might spend three weeks a year on the yacht and it’s costing them tens of millions a year. A bit of an expensive toy, really.”

Real Madrid misses out on La Liga record


Zinedine Zidane’s men had equaled the previous best of 16, set by Barcelona, in their previous match against Espanyol, but a 1-1 draw at the Bernabeu Wednesday put an end to its hopes of extending that run.

The draw puts Real two points clear of Sevilla at the top of La Liga, after Barcelona drew with Atletico Madrid at the Nou Camp to remain three points behind.

“We did not start the game well,” Zidane told Real Madrid TV. “The second half we had many chances, but you cannot always win in the last minute.

“More work is needed at the beginning of the game. It’s a shame not to break the record.

“I want a draw (between Barcelona and Atletico), so we will all stay same. But really I’m not worried about that result, just my team.”

While Real has become synonymous with individual Galacticos over the years, coach Zinedine Zidane has demanded a collective team effort, ordering his players to “run more” in the wake of a defeat to its Madrid rival Atletico — the last match before the 16-game streak began.

Attacking flair has often been quelled with the Frenchman favoring a more pragmatic approach, as the hard-working defensive midfielder Casemiro has provided balance to a sometimes top-heavy team.

This new work ethic was evident in the opening 45 minutes against Villarreal. The visiting team, understandably, adopted a reserved approach with unwavering commitment to its defensive duties.

But Real matched its opponents stride for stride.

The home side, unsurprisingly, started the match on the front foot, bombarding the Villarreal defense with corner after corner, but the ‘Yellow Submarine’ stood firm to ride out the wave of early pressure.

The game’s first real chance came just shy of the 20-minute mark. Marcelo’s deep cross into the box was headed back across goal by Gareth Bale, but keeper Sergio Asenjo was on hand to acrobatically deny Karim Benzema.

Just under 10 minutes later, Villarreal had its first sight of goal. Forward Denis Cheryshev latched onto the end of a deft flick from Samu Castillejo, before firing towards the top corner, only to find the outstretched palm of Kiko Casilla in his way.

Cheryshev, you might remember, inadvertently knocked Real out of last season’s Copa del Rey, after then manager Rafael Benitez fielded the Russian in a tie against Cadiz, only to later discover he was ineligible.

With just a minute remaining before half time, Villarreal had a golden chance to take the lead. With Marcelo off the pitch receiving treatment, Nicola Sansone found himself clear through on goal.

Several seemingly unnecessary step-overs allowed Raphael Varane to get back and make a challenge, before the ball broke to Cheryshev but his weak effort was blocked into the hands of Casilla.

Villarreal must have thought its best chance of the half had come and gone, but up stepped Sergio Ramos.

The Real Madrid captain deliberately stuck an arm in the air to block a goal-bound shot and proceeded to pretend as though the ball had struck him in the face.

An Oscar-worthy display in Real’s last game against Espanyol saw him employ the same tactics to get away with another handball, but he wasn’t acting his way out of this one.

Captain Bruno stepped up to take the penalty and his impudent chip down the middle of the goal sent Casilla the wrong way, ensuring Villarreal took a shock, but deserved lead going into half time.

While Zidane isn’t known for losing his temper as a manager, whatever he said at half-time had the desired effect.

His side came out after the break with a renewed energy and the bombardment of Villarreal’s goal soon commenced.

Before the half was even three minutes old, Real found the equalizer. Ramos rose high at the far post to head home James Rodriguez’s corner and atone for his earlier costly error.

And the barrage showed no signs of subsiding, as a minute later Benzema got his head onto Mateo Kovacic’s chipped ball into the box, but could only look on as it floated inches wide.

Real Madrid was unrelenting and carved out yet another chance just after the hour mark.

Brilliant interplay saw Bale play Dani Carvajal in down the right and his low cross across the six-yard box missed Ronaldo’s toes by a whisker.

Substitute Alvaro Morata, on for Benzema, headed another Carvajal cross into the turf to draw an acrobatic save out of Asenjo.

Real continued to press and Ronaldo squandered his side’s best chance, firing a shot straight into Asenjo’s grateful arms when in space inside the 18-yard box.

Despite the disappointment of being unable to extend its winning run, Real maintains its unbeaten start to the season and extends its lead over second place Sevilla to two points.

Barcelona missed the chance to close the gap to just one point after its draw with Atletico.

Madame Tussauds splits Brangelina waxwork


The pair officially separated on September 15, two years and one month after they married in August 2014, according to court documents.

“The couple’s wax figures, which were launched in 2013, have been split up and are now featured at a respectful distance from each other,” the museum announced Wednesday.

“Angelina is keeping Nicole Kidman company and Brad Pitt is with his several time co-star Morgan Freeman.”

The waxwork of Twilight actor Robert Pattinson has even been placed between the pair — just to make the message clear.

But the announcement upset some Brangelina fans who commented on social media that the decision was too hasty.

One pointed out on Twitter that the couple — who have been together since 2005 — haven’t even finalized their divorce yet.

Another tweeted sadly: “Too soon, too damn soon.”

Pitt and Jolie’s relationship first became the subject of speculation in 2004, when they co-starred in the film “Mr. & Mrs. Smith.” At the time, Pitt was married to actress Jennifer Aniston.

In January 2005, Pitt and Aniston announced they were splitting and Aniston filed for divorce a few months later.

The following year, Jolie announced she was expecting a baby with Pitt.

An earlier version of Pitt’s waxwork at Madame Tussauds in London used to be on display next to Aniston when they were married. But they underwent a wax divorce.

“They were subsequently separated when they split up in 2005 and Jennifer’s figure is now featured in our sister attractions in the USA,” the spokesman added.

Craft beer made this home brewer a billionaire


ken grossman, ceo of the sierra nevada brewing company
Ken Grossman is the founder and CEO of the Sierra Nevada Brewing Company.

Ken Grossman is living the dream. He turned his home brewing hobby into an international business, making a fortune along the way.

Since bottling its first Pale Ale in 1980, Grossman’s Sierra Nevada Brewing Company has grown into the third largest craft brewer in the United States, and the seventh largest beer producer in the country.

His personal wealth is now estimated at $1.1 billion, according to Forbes.

A taste for beer

Schooled in the art of making beer from an early age, Grossman’s first taste of business came in his early twenties when he opened a home brew store in Chico, California in 1976. His own beers soon caught people’s attention.

Three years on, he launched Sierra Nevada Brewing, named after his favorite hiking spot in the nearby mountains.

Back then, large breweries dominated the U.S. market, producing mainly lagers.

“In 1980, there were roughly 45 companies making beer,” Grossman says. “It was pretty much the low point in the U.S. brewing industry after prohibition.”

Since then, the U.S. craft beer scene has exploded.

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There are now more breweries in the U.S. than ever before, and annual craft beer retail sales are worth about $22.3 billion, or roughly 12% of the market. The number of breweries operating in the U.S. grew 15% in 2015, with 620 opening and 68 closing, according to the Brewers Association.

And Sierra Nevada has seen growth to match. It now produces 1.2 million barrels of beer annually from its two breweries.

Last year, it brewed nearly 200 different beers (most were small-batch, draught-only releases) and sales grew by 17.3%. But its flagship Pale Ale still tops the charts, accounting for 49% of total sales.

“It’s a fantastic beer and I drink it regularly. I always enjoyed that style of ale,” says Grossman.

Art and science

Now 61, Grossman is a hands-on CEO, tasting new beers and working with a team of scientists designing and tweaking new recipes.

Innovation aside, Grossman thinks it’s his firm’s commitment to tradition and high quality that keeps it growing.

“We maintain very much our original roots as far as what we brew and how we brew it,” he says. “It has obviously grown over the years, but we still maintain the same principles that we started with. I think the consumers and our peers respect that.”

Sierra Nevada is expanding globally, and the brand is already popular in the U.K., Australia and Italy, Grossman says. “The demand is there and we are increasing substantially in that area.”

And even after all these years, he hasn’t lost his passion for brewing.

“I love the alchemy, the science, the flavors, the creativity,” he says. “There’s just so much to like about making beer.”

CNNMoney (London) First published August 11, 2016: 8:10 AM ET

Does F1 still need its 'dictator?'


The character stated: “This is not a robbery. I am collecting for the Bavarian state.”

For months, rumors have circulated that the 85-year-old’s stranglehold on the sport was splintering, but it is telling that there has been little to no reversion to humor during that time — perhaps a sign of how confident he was of winning the power struggle.

Amid such speculation, F1’s great survivor remains in charge. The elite motorsport’s new owner Liberty Media, which hopes to conclude an $8 billion takeover in the first quarter of 2017, has announced that Ecclestone will be CEO for another three years.

It continues his remarkable four-decade run at the helm of one of the world’s most globally watched sports — F1 claims only the Olympics and football’s World Cup have bigger audiences.

‘F1 needs a dictator’

Rumours continue to circulate that Formula E boss Alejandro Agag or else ex-McLaren boss Martin Whitmarsh could yet replace Ecclestone, while the sport’s new chairman Chase Carey has told Ecclestone things have to change.

“You cannot make everybody happy all the time but you’ve got to understand what everybody wants and then find a path,” Carey said in an interview with the Formula One website.

“Sure that is not a task for a committee, as committees tend to become bureaucratic — but there also can’t be a dictatorship — even if probably here they are used it.”

Amid the warning for change, at Sunday’s Singapore Grand Prix, Ecclestone said he would “disappear for sure” if he doesn’t agree with the new owners’ direction for the sport, although he later countered “there is going to be no problem … we will work together.”

Regardless of how the coming months play out, how has he managed to hold on to power so long despite an ever-changing list of owners over recent decades?

Two-time grand prix winner Johnny Herbert recalls first rubbing shoulders with Ecclestone in his debut season in F1, driving for the Benetton team in 1989.

“Sir Stirling Moss had it spot on the other day when he said F1 needs a dictator,” Herbert told CNN. “That’s Bernie to a ‘T.’

“People talk about him being the great survivor and of his longevity in the sport, and in some ways that’s remarkable, but I don’t know how realistic it was the many times when it was claimed his tenure at the top of the sport was over.

“If anything, that was simply stirred up by people with an ax to grind against him.”

Great salesman

Ecclestone’s back story is a compelling one. The son of a fisherman, he left school at the age of 16 and supplemented his income by selling spare motorbike parts.

His wheeler-dealer approach, which he still attests to today, led to him building one of the biggest motorbike supplier in Great Britain — Compton & Ecclestone — before he turned his attention to F1.

Buying the Brabham team for £100,000 in 1972 — about $1.65 million in today’s valuation — was his main entry point into the sport, although he had managed the driver Jochen Rindt until he lost his life in a tragic accident two years earlier, and had previously bought two chassis from the disbanded Connaught team as long ago as 1957.

Having enjoyed some success as team boss, including guiding Nelson Piquet to drivers’ titles in 1981 and ’83, he sold it for 40 times the price that he paid 15 years earlier.

Taking charge

Ecclestone also became chairman of the Formula One Constructors’ Association (FOCA) in 1978.

A power struggle between him and the Federation Internationale du Sport Automobile (FISA) and its president Jean-Marie Balestre ensued, with Ecclestone winning the so-called FISA-FOCA war.

From 1981, FOCA had the right to negotiate television contracts for the grands prix, and effectively Ecclestone has since been like the puppet master for the sport.

From that point he turned it “from a mere enthusiasts’ sport into one of the world’s most-watched entertainments,” according to Tom Bower, who wrote the biography “No Angel” about Ecclestone.

Meanwhile, F1 journalist Maurice Hamilton first crossed paths with Ecclestone in 1974 season, and they’ve had what he calls “a working relationship” ever since.

“He’s a very sharp guy, that’s the thing. He’s mentally agile, he thinks about two or three things at once, he weighs everything up and sees the bigger picture,” Hamilton tells CNN.

“He’s good at thinking out of the box. He thinks of deals before others think of them. And I feel sorry for the people he deals with, like the race promoters, as he’ll perpetually outfox them.”

‘F1 boss until he dies’

At this month’s Italian Grand Prix in Monza, people queued outside Ecclestone’s bus — known as “The Kremlin”, befitting consider his close relationship to Russian leader Vladimir Putin — in order to get an audience with him, much like every race weekend.

“So many people want to speak to him as he doesn’t delegate, he controls everything,” Hamilton adds. “And that’s his great success. That’s why Liberty Media aren’t getting rid of him, because they don’t know how it all works.

“F1’s a law unto itself and Bernie set it up that way. They could get rid of him tomorrow but would be left thinking, ‘What do we do now?!’ Bernie has the answer to everything or most things, or knows someone who does. He has his finger in every conceivable pie from the TV rights to who gets a pass or not.

“Bearing that in mind, I think he’ll be in F1 until he dies. He has his wife and daughters but there’s nothing else in his life. If he said ‘cheerio,’ I think he’d be a lost soul.”

‘Cash from chaos’

Pre-Ecclestone, F1 was in chaos, Hamilton says.

He cites the 1968 Monaco Grand Prix, where as a spectator Hamilton had no idea when the cars would be running.

So shambolic was the sport then, Ferrari did not even turn up for the weekend. Now, says Hamilton, “things run like clockwork.”

In the intervening years, the risk taker and maverick has gone from a used-car salesman to a billionaire power broker that seemingly F1 still cannot do without. His wealth is estimated at £2 billion ($2.6 billion) but there are those in the sport who believe he is worth double that sum.

Ecclestone, pictured with Vladimir Putin, has taken F1 to countries such as Russia.
But Ecclestone, who turned down CNN’s request for an interview, is aware change is required — likewise Felipe Massa, who will hang up his racing overalls at the end of this season.

“I really like Bernie and I really respect everything he did inside Formula One business. How big Formula One became is also thanks to him, but I think (Liberty’s takeover) is really good for F1,” the Brazilian driver tells CNN.

“It can be really important for the future of F1, important for the business of every team. In other sports, teams that are last in the championship, they have money. In Formula One maybe that is not the case.

“There is a lot to do to improve that, there is a lot to do for the fans, the social network, so many things that are part of our life now, and I really believe this is the beginning of a big change.”

‘My way or the highway’

It is a big change with one caveat — the same person at its helm.

Ecclestone likes to make the point that he has made a lot of people very wealthy and that “no driver, no person, will ever be bigger than Formula One itself.” Saying that, he has been the sport’s most vital cog.

There have been controversies from praising Adolf Hitler for being “able to get things done” to saying women should wear white so they were more akin to “domestic appliances.” He was even linked to the notorious Great Train Robbery in the UK in 1963 but laughs off the rumor.

There is a link of sorts in that the getaway driver Roy James — a silversmith by trade — would later go on to create the F1 constructors’ trophy still used today.

Further peaks and troughs of a colorful life look set to run for a few chapters yet for a figure who befittingly uses the ring tone for Ennio Morricone’s score for the western “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” on his mobile phone.

But over the next three years, part of his time will be planning for the successor that F1’s new owner ultimately requires.

Ecclestone has said in the past that “I’d rather do things my way” — but he wants someone “with an entrepreneurial style” to replace him.

When that will be, perhaps only he knows. For now — much like the clean, white crisp shirts Ecclestone wears each day — nothing changes.

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