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Future 50 star: TransferWise

The company: TransferWise

The boss: Taavet Hinrikus

Changing money at the bureau de change, you can expect to pay a hefty three to six per cent in commission. TransferWise addresses this by matching individuals online. To change, say, £1,000 to euro, you apply online and wait for a counter-party who wants to change money the other way. The exchange takes place at the mid-market rate, and in less than 24 hours. The fee is a flat £1.

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