Stephen Bayley was rescued from the obscurity of provincial academe by Terence Conran, for whom he created the Boilerhouse Project and the influential Design Museum. He later withdrew as creative director for the Millennium Dome project. He is a design consultant and author whose books include The Conran Directory of Design; Sex, Drink and Fast Cars; Taste; and General Knowledge. In 1989 he was awarded the Chevalier de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.
A year ago, Rhymer Rigby, then an MT section editor, heeded the siren call of the internet and went to work on a new-economy magazine. Bliss it was to be alive in that dawn when the laws of classical economics were as nothing. What a difference 12 months makes - now everyone sees selling bricks online for the unpromising idea it always was. And Rigby, his cyber-sinecure a fading memory, has gone back to writing about real businesses that make money. This month he looks at Indian beer.
MT editor-at-large Chris Blackhurst was deputy editor of the Daily Express until porn baron Richard Desmond took it over. This month, Chris writes about the rise in golf-mania among Britain's high-fliers. He has haunted the fairway since boyhood: 'Golf was just a game I enjoyed with my schoolfriends,' he says. Today, he is a member of a club in Surrey. A golfing memory? Holing out from 100 yards to beat Jeff Randall, now the BBC's business editor, by one stroke.
Those readers seeking enlightenment from any management gurus might like to read Stefan Stern's highly prejudiced guide. In a challenging business climate, the market for inspirational advice is likely to pick up. But there are snake-oil salesmen out there along with the true visionaries.
Our photographer has captured Stefan in typically upbeat mood, somewhat the worse for drink on the morning of his wedding this summer. The newlywed's verdict on some of the gurus is no less damning.
Although he admits to siding with Mark Twain when it comes to golf, this month's cover photographer has spent time on the fairway lately.
Why? 'I'm shooting a book of landscapes, and I find the landscapes of leisure, particularly golf, fascinating,' he says. Coleman trained as an architect but traded in his set square for a camera and now splits his time between editorial and personal projects. His work has appeared in the Daily Telegraph, Sunday Telegraph - and MT.
When did you first make money? Whenever it was, the chances are you didn't make quite as much as Nicola Horlick, superwoman joint-MD of SG Asset Management, who tells her story in this month's 'From the Top'.
Like many graduates, she opted to work for her dad for a year while deciding on a long-term career, but unlike most she made the firm a million in the process. Not bad going for a 21-year-old.