Just how tough a sentence was 14 years for Libor-rigging?

Plus: Teaching in China and Hampshire; big cats; Blind Date’s track record

8 August 2015

9:00 AM

8 August 2015

9:00 AM

Rogue traders

Former UBS trader Tom Hayes was jailed for 14 years for rigging the Libor market. How long could you go down for financial misconduct?
19 months (plus a £100,000 fine) in the case of Julian Rifat, former trader at Moore Capital, convicted of insider trading in March this year.
7 years in the case of rogue trader Kweku Adoboli, convicted of fraud in 2012 after trading at UBS without taking out parallel hedged positions.
7 years for Alex Hope, who conned
£5.5 million out of 100 investors via an unauthorised collective investment scheme.
13 years in the case of Nicholas Levene, convicted in 2012 after running an illegal £32 million Ponzi scheme.

Boringly brilliant

Position in 2012 PISA Tests:

Maths 1st
Reading 1st
Science 1st


Maths 26th
Reading 23rd
Science 21st

Source: OECD

Big cat count

A US dentist caused outrage by shooting Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe. How many big cats are there left in the wild?

Leopards 250,000
Lions 32,000
Cheetahs 7,500
Tigers 3,200

Source: Feline Conservation Foundation, Nicholas School of the Environment 2012, African Wildlife Foundation 2013 and WWF 2011

An estimated 10,000 big cats are kept as pets in the US, according to IFAW.

Blind data

Was Cilla Black any good at match-making? Four couples who met through Blind Date are known to have gone on to marry. Blind Date ran for 373 episodes, each of which put two couples together for a date — giving it a success rate of 0.5%.

— A University of Bath study in 2005 followed 229 couples who had met through online dating. Of those, 94% went on to meet up at least once more. In 12% of cases couples were still in a relationship two years later. The study did not record any as having gone on to marry.

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  • Patrick Roy

    Utterly moronic, typical of the tongue-in-cheek swashbuckling Spectator attitude.

    • JamesCovey123

      “Utterly moronic, typical of the tongue-in-cheek swashbuckling Spectator attitude.”

      So why are you here?