From the collapse of Thomas Cook to the biggest-ever stock market float, it’s been another busy year in the City.
Test your knowledge of the names and events that shaped the past 12 months of the financial world in our City quiz.
Test your memory of the big business events of 2019 with our brilliant Christmas quiz
Q1) Ray Kelvin was forced to resign from his position as chief executive of Ted Baker in March on allegations of workplace misconduct. What was he accused of?
A) Going to a betting shop near its offices; B) Forcing hugs on staff; C) Failing to inform the stock market of share deals; D) Having a relationship with a junior member of staff
Q2) After five years in charge, Dave Lewis left Tesco with expected full-year profits of close to £2billion. What losses did the company post in his first year?
A) £0.4billion; B) £2.4billion; C) £4.4billion; D) £6.4billion
Workout king? Thomas Cook boss Peter Fankhauser
Q3) Bet365’s founders, Denise Coates and her family, are some of Britain’s best-paid bosses. How much tax did they pay last year?
A) Nothing; B) £55,000; C) £2million; D) £156million
Q4) Mothercare collapsed into administration in November. Where can shoppers now find its branded products?
A) John Lewis; B) Mamas & Papas; C) Boots; D) Sainsbury’s
Q5) Thomas Cook went bust in September, leaving thousands stranded abroad. But which of its bosses was known for getting up at 4am to train with a former marine?
What value was Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman hoping Aramco floated for?
A) Peter Fankhauser; B) Harriet Green; C) Manny Fontenla-Novoa; D) Frank Meysman
Q6) What was the nickname given to the stock market rally in the aftermath of the Conservative Party’s general election win:
A) The Boris Bump; B) The Boris Bounce; C) The Big Boris Bang; D) The Boris Boom
Q7) Saudi Arabia finally launched the float of its state-owned oil and gas firm, Aramco, in November. The listing price of its shares valued Aramco at £1.3trillion. But what value was Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (pictured) originally hoping for?
A) £1.4trillion; B) £1.5trillion; C) £1.75trillion; D) £2trillion
Q8) How much did reality TV star and entrepreneur Kylie Jenner rake in from selling her majority stake in her cosmetics company?
A) £463million; B) £390million; C) £400million; D) £500million
Q9) What interest rate will HSBC customers soon be paying if they use their overdraft?
A) 25.9 per cent; B) 14.9 per cent; C) 39.9 per cent; D) 59.9 per cent
Q10) Which British bank is set to close the most branches next year?
What is the starting price for Aaston Martin’s new DBX SUV? A) £148,000; B) £158,000; C) £165,000; D) £179,000
A) RBS (including Natwest and Ulster Bank); B) TSB; C) Lloyds Bank; D) Barclays
Q11) How much have investors in Neil Woodford’s flagship Equity Income fund lost in total since it was suspended in June?
A) Around £800million; B) Around £500million; C) Around £1billion; D) Around £5billion
Q12) Which of these hedge funds has NOT launched an attack on a British company this year?
A) Muddy Waters; B) Boatman Capital; C) Gotham City
Q13) Which bank has paid out the most to cover PPI mis-selling?
A) Barclays, run by Jes Staley; B) Lloyds Bank, run by Antonio Horta-Osorio; C) RBS, run by Alison Rose; D) HSBC, run by Noel Quinn
PPI bill? RBS is run by Alison Rose (pictured). But was it the bank that paid out the most in PPI claims?
Q14) By what percentage does the Bank of England and its new Governor Andrew Bailey, think the UK economy has grown by in 2019?
A) 1 per cent; B) 1.4 per cent; C) 1.6 per cent
Q15) By how much did Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn plan to increase annual public spending? A) £83billion; B) £95billion; C) £102billion; D) £5trillion
Q16) In November, Aston Martin revealed its first SUV, the DBX, whose target customer is apparently Californian mothers working in Silicon Valley who are named Charlotte. What is the DBX’s starting price?
A) £148,000; B) £158,000; C) £165,000; D) £179,000
Q17) Where is Sky set to open its huge new £2billion UK studio complex in 2022?
Defence takeover: Lady Cobham
A) Shepperton, Surrey; B) Osterley, London; C) Elstree, Hertfordshire; D) Leeds, Yorkshire
Q18) Sirius Minerals failed to clinch a £400million bond fundraising in September that would have given the Yorkshire potash miner access to an extra pot of money, which it said was crucial to finish building its Woodsmith Mine.
How much money would this bond have unlocked?
A) £1billion; B) £1.8billion; C) £2billion; D) £2.6billion
Q19) Which of the following did NOT say that the Government should intervene, or even block, the takeover of defence firm Cobham by US private equity?
A) Tory grandee Michael Heseltine; B) Former head of the Navy, Admiral Lord West; C) Lady Cobham ; D) Former Business Secretary Greg Clark
Q20) When was the last UK Budget delivered, and by whom?
A) September 2019 by Sajid Javid; B) March 2019 by Boris Johnson; C) October 2018 by Philip Hammond; D) December 2019 by Sajid Javid
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