224 episodes

Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

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    • 4.7, 9K Ratings

Netflix vs. HBO. Nike vs. Adidas. Business is war. Sometimes the prize is your wallet or your attention. Sometimes, it’s just the fun of beating the other guy. The outcome of these battles shapes what we buy and how we live. 
Business Wars gives you the unauthorized, real story of what drives these companies and their leaders, inventors, investors and executives to new heights -- or to ruin. Hosted by David Brown, former anchor of Marketplace. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John and American History Tellers.

    Diamond Wars | Blood and Champagne | 5

    Diamond Wars | Blood and Champagne | 5

    It’s 1966 and De Beers is about to abandon its eleven-year search for diamonds in Botswana. But the geologist behind the search is far from ready to pack up his tools.

    And De Beers isn’t the only one searching for gemstones. Soon, a major diamond find in Australia will leave the diamond monopoly facing a big dilemma: should it seek to control or to destroy this Antipodean threat?

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    • 27 min
    Diamond Wars | The Shadow World | 4

    Diamond Wars | The Shadow World | 4

    It’s the early 1950s and West Africa’s growing number of diamond smugglers is causing headaches for De Beers. 

    Faced with millions of pounds in losses, the diamond monopoly decides it’s time to get tough with the smugglers.

    But while De Beers battles the illicit diamond traders, in the far east of the Soviet Union a new threat is brewing. 

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    • 26 min
    Introducing the Wondery+ Exclusive Season of Business Wars: Playboy vs Penthouse

    Introducing the Wondery+ Exclusive Season of Business Wars: Playboy vs Penthouse

    In our new after-dark exclusive series, we dive into the heyday of the 1970s, when Playboy and Penthouse rule the adult genre, and the line between sexy and obscene starts just below a woman’s belly button. But when it comes to the boundaries of good taste, how far will founders Hugh Hefner and Bob Guccione go to expand their erotic empires?

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    • 2 min
    Diamond Wars | Diamond Dogfight | 3

    Diamond Wars | Diamond Dogfight | 3

    It’s 1940, and the world is at war. The Allies and Axis powers are scrambling to lock down supplies of the industrial diamonds needed to mass produce their tanks, planes and submarines.

    But when the White House demands De Beers hands over a year’s supply of industrial diamonds, it soon learns the cartel is as hard to break as the diamonds it sells. 

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    • 26 min
    Diamond Wars | The Puppet Master | 2

    Diamond Wars | The Puppet Master | 2

    It’s 1914 and De Beers’s monopoly is under threat. Diamonds have been discovered on the desolate coast of the German colony of South West Africa.

    So it hired an ambitious diamond expert named Ernest Oppenheimer and gave him his orders: head to the beach and assess the threat.

    But then World War One disrupts De Beers chance to do a deal with the German diamond miners. Now, Oppenheimer sees his chance to scramble to the very top of the diamond industry.

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    • 24 min
    Diamond Wars | The Diamond Rush | 1

    Diamond Wars | The Diamond Rush | 1

    It’s 1869 and diamonds have been found in Cape Colony. 

    Now, diamond hunters from across the world are heading to this remote British outpost in southern Africa, seeking a glittering fortune.

    And among them are two wide-eyed hopefuls: streetwise Barney Barnato, who hails from the London slums, and Cecil Rhodes, a vicar’s son with a head full of imperialist daydreams.

    When the diamond rush turns to bust, Barnato and Rhodes embark on a quest to conquer the mines. But only one man can win.

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    • 30 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
9K Ratings

9K Ratings

Shacraawy ,

BUSINESS WAR

This is not world Business War it’s USA Business War

slvrgldmtls ,

My favorite podcast!

This a great podcast. It is a little hard to keep people separate though with just one person speaking.

PLEASE do Tesla vs. ??? Maybe Netflix vs. YouTube/Disney+

P.S. Dunkin Donuts v.s. Starbucks was so good!!!

Hello1234567890976767 ,

Awesome

Fortnite vs. Apex Legends
YouTube vs. Netflix
Super good podcast but................ you should have voice actors because I get confused who is who and voices really help with podcasts.

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