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Check your knowledge of the big business events of 2020

The Covid-19 pandemic has made 2020 a year like no other. 

But, at least where possible, the wheels of business keep turning.

Test your knowledge of the names and events that shaped the past 12 months of the financial world in our City quiz.

 Test your knowledge of the names and events that shaped the past 12 months of the financial world in our City Christmas quiz

Q1) Who owns the Arcadia retail empire?

A) Sir Philip Green B) Lord Stephen Green C) Lady Green D) Graham Greene

Q2) Which businesswoman and TV personality is chief executive of West Ham?

A) Deborah Meaden B) Kirstie Allsopp C) Karren Brady D) Cherie Lunghi

Q3) Which former chairman of the Federal Reserve has Joe Biden picked as Treasury Secretary?

A) Jerome Powell B) Larry Summers C) Mark Carney D) Janet Yellen

The world’s richest person is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, followed by French tycoon Bernard Arnault, Tesla boss Elon Musk, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and who?

The world’s richest person is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, followed by French tycoon Bernard Arnault, Tesla boss Elon Musk, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and who?

Q4) Who stepped down as director general of the CBI in November?

A) Carolyn Fairbairn B) Jeff Fairburn C) John Allan D) Sir Roger Carr

Q5) Who founded commodity trader Glencore in 1974?

A) Ivan Glasenberg B) Marc Rich C) Ian Taylor D) Ralph Oppenheimer

Q6) By what date did BP chief executive Bernard Looney promise the oil giant would achieve net zero by?

A) 2025 B) 2060 C) 2050 D) 2040

Q7) The Hut Group’s founder Matt Moulding is set to receive a bonus worth how much following the company’s blockbuster float in September?

Which former chairman of the Federal Reserve has Joe Biden (pictured) picked as Treasury Secretary?

Which former chairman of the Federal Reserve has Joe Biden (pictured) picked as Treasury Secretary?

A) £925,000 B) £9.25million C) £92.5million D) £925million

Q8) In October Mohsin and Zuber Issa sealed the £6.8billion deal to buy Asda. What does their other business EG Group own?

A) Car mechanics’ garages B) Petrol stations C) Oil refineries D) Food warehouses

Q9) Which top City name was forced to resign in June for saying PCP Capital’s Amanda Staveley was ‘thick as s*** with large breasts’ in a 2008 email?

A) UK Finance boss Stephen Jones B) UK Finance chairman Bob Wigley C) Barclays boss Jes Staley D) Barclays dealmaker Roger ‘Big Dog’ Jenkins

Q10) Which multi-billion-pound brand sourced clothes from Leicester factories where workers were paid as little as £3.50 per hour?

A) Sports Direct B) Topshop C) Boohoo D) Asos

Q11) Which major high street bank announced the decision of its chief executive to step down? 

A) Natwest B) Lloyds C) HSBC D) TSB

Q12) Which insurer made further steps towards gender equality as it appointed Amanda Blanc (pictured) its first female chief executive in 2020?

A) Aviva B) RSA Insurance Group C) Admiral D) Hastings

Q13) In July, which Chinese company was banned from providing equipment for the UK’s 5G network beyond 2027?

A) China Mobile B) Alibaba C) Huawei D) Tiktok

Which insurer made further steps towards gender equality as it appointed Amanda Blanc its first female chief executive in 2020?

Which insurer made further steps towards gender equality as it appointed Amanda Blanc its first female chief executive in 2020?

Q14) Which rival did Elon Musk’s Tesla overtake this year to become the world’s most valuable car maker? 

A) GM B) Volkswagen C) Renault D) Toyota

Q15) How much is the Government forecast to borrow this year? 

A) £394 B) £394million C) £394billion D) £394trillion

Q16) Sajid Javid became the shortest-serving Chancellor of the Exchequer since Iain Macleod when he quit in February. How long was he in the job?

A) One month B) Six months C) One year D) Two years

Q17) Which bank chief executive has been probed by the regulator this year over his disclosure about ties with the paedophile Jeffrey Epstein?

A) Jes Staley, Barclays B) Antonio Horta-Osorio, Lloyds Bank C) Noel Quinn, HSBC D) Dan Frumkin, Metro Bank

On the receiving end: PCP Capital’s Amanda Staveley

On the receiving end: PCP Capital’s Amanda Staveley 

Q18) The world’s richest person is Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, followed by French tycoon Bernard Arnault, Tesla boss Elon Musk, Microsoft founder Bill Gates and who?

A) Warren Buffett B) Mark Zuckerberg C) Sundar Pichai D) Tim Cook

Q19) How much new money has the Bank of England created through its quantitative easing programme?

A) £195billion B) £595billion C) £895billion D) £1.95trillion

Q20) Rio Tinto was hit with a global backlash after it blew up two 46,000-year-old cave shelters in Australia. What was it trying to do when it destroyed the Aboriginal site?

A) Explore for oil B) Expand an iron ore mine C) Mine gold D) Build a new office

Q21) Which tech tycoon wound up in a Spanish jail this year for alleged tax evasion?

A) Elon Musk B) Mike Lynch C) John McAfee D) Elizabeth Holmes

Q22) The economy suffered its biggest fall on record in the second quarter of the year. How steep was the decline?

A) 10.8 per cent B) 15.8 per cent C) 19.8 per cent D) 23.8 per cent

Q23) Boeing’s best-selling plane was recently given the go-ahead to start flying again following two deadly crashes. What is the aircraft called?

A) Boeing 737 B) Boeing 737 Max C) Boeing 777 D) Boeing 777 Max

 

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