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Real Business Christmas Countdown: The Best of 2014: 16 December

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If you’ve already exhausted the contents of your advent calendar, fear not, we have our latest festive installment and this time it’s brimming with sweets in the form of everybody’s “favourite” smartphone computer game Candy Crush.

We’ve also got tips on being a serial entrepreneur and a definitive list of those self-made fellows who have decided to give owning a football club a go.

News: Candy Crush Saga falters, knocking £800m off King value

King was one of the most highly-anticipated IPOs when it floated on the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in March. However, it proved how volatile public market life can be in the summer when a drop in second quarter revenue saw nearly a billion pounds wiped off its value.

Eager to prove it is not just a one-trick pony, King has spent 2014 coming up with new games to appease both consumers and the investors who helped the business go from British startup to American stock market giant.

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Interviews: 8-time entrepreneur Steve Jillings on how to weather the storm

There are plenty of stories about a two, three or even four time entrepreneur – but ever heard of someone who has gone it alone eight times?

Well that was just the career Steve Jillings had to share when Real Business profiled him in August and heard all about the emotional impact of starting out so many times.

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Catch up with previous Christmas Countdown pieces:

Surreal Business: Who are the top 20 richest entrepreneur football club owners

The past decade or so has been witness to some very successful football club takeovers, as well as some absolute disasters. Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has managed to bring success to the club countless times, while Arsenal’s Stan Kroenke and Alisher Usmanov seem to have been more concerned with the bottom line.

Jason Hesse’s article placed Mexican entrepreneur Carlos Sim at the top of the list in terms of net worth, and looked at how club’s themselves are seen as trophies to those buying a stake.

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Opinion: Zoopla and JUST EAT: UK’s latest tech IPOs come of age

Just like King did in our news pick of the day, Zoopla and JUST EAT proved that British technology firms could command big and sustainable valuations when floating on stock exchanges.

The property and takeaway businesses chose the London Stock Exchange as home, with this article examining how each had fared with early sets of financials.

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