Financial Times

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Financial Times
description Daily newspaper with worldwide circulation
Area of ​​Expertise Business newspaper
language English
publishing company Nikkei Publishing Group
Headquarters London
First edition January 9, 1888
Frequency of publication Every trading day (= Monday to
Friday, with the exception of
public holidays) and a
weekend edition
Sold edition 184,279 copies
(As of 02.2017 [1] )
Editor-in-chief Roula Khalaf
Web link
ISSN (print)

The Financial Times ( FT ) is an economically liberal business newspaper published six days a week in London . Because of its numerous political articles, it is not a pure financial journal.


The Financial News (FN), first published in 1884 by the London publisher Harry Marks , is regarded as the predecessor of the Financial Times . Horatio Bottomley's London Financial Guide appeared for the first time on January 9, 1888 . Just one month later, on February 13, the name was changed to Financial Times . To identify the brand and as a unique selling point, an idea by the then publisher Douglas MacRae came into play: From 1893 he had the sheet printed on salmon-colored paper. For the centenary of the salmon-colored publication in 1993, the newspaper was exceptionally printed on January 4, 1993 on white paper.

In 1957 the Pearson publishing group took over the Financial Times. An edition for European and North American readers has been printed in Frankfurt am Main since 1979 . In July 1999, the newspaper was named the “best newspaper in the world” in a survey that was carried out in 50 countries around the world.

A Financial Times Deutschland (FTD) was also published from February 21, 2000 to December 7, 2012 . On January 1, 2008, Gruner + Jahr took over the second 50 percent share from the Pearson Publishing Group (FT) in FTD and has been the sole owner ever since. Since then, both newspapers have only been linked by name.

On July 23, 2015, the Japanese media group Nikkei announced that it had entered into an agreement with Pearson to purchase FT for £ 844 million (€ 1.2 billion). The transaction should be completed by the end of 2015, after approval by the competition authorities.

The Financial Times is known for a series of rankings that the paper publishes regularly. For example, the Financial Times Global 500 , a list of the 500 largest companies in the world by market capitalization, appears quarterly . In 2019, for the first time in its 131-year history, the newspaper appointed Roula Khalaf as its editor-in-chief.


The Financial Times sold around 100,000 of its 406,000 copies worldwide in 2004 in its home country Great Britain .

In February 2017, the print edition of the newspaper had a circulation of 184,279, of which 61,158 were circulated in the UK. While the print circulation is steadily shrinking, the paid online version of the newspaper has seen an increase in readers. In February 2017, the Financial Times announced that the number of its online subscribers has now grown to 650,000. This corresponds to an increase of 14 percent compared to the previous year.

Wirecard controversy

Following negative reports in the Financial Times about the company Wirecard and temporally related to short sales of shares of the company, the Munich prosecutor initiated I mid-February 2019, a criminal investigation against a journalist of the Financial Times for violations of the Securities Trading Act one (WpHG).

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Individual evidence

  1. Springer is defeated in the bidding war for "Financial Times" , Spiegel Online, July 23, 2015
  3. Dominic Ponsford: FT reports 650,000 digital subscribers with boosts around last year's Brexit vote and US election. Press Gazette, accessed November 19, 2017 (American English).
  4. Wirecard case: Public prosecutor's office investigates a Financial Times journalist . Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, February 18, 2019.