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Families in Business chaired a roundtable meeting at Campden’s Families in Business conference in Bahrain to get a Middle Eastern perspective on transferring the family business from one generation to the next


FOSS, the world’s leading provider of analytical instruments, has just celebrated its 50th birthday. Marc Smith talks to the founder and his son about FOSS’s unique governance structure, its innovative new product development and branching out into South America

Focus : Vip Petfoods

Family-run VIP Petfoods has made a fortune down under. Having built up a large share in the Australian economy, the firm is about to expand worldwide. But how does it plan to change its USP in order to be accepted by western markets? Melanie Stern finds out

Focus : Playboy

With Marilyn Monroe as your first cover girl, you know your magazine is destined for greatness. And that’s just what Playboy has been since Hugh Hefner launched it in 1953. But Suzy Bibko learns that it’s his daughter, Christie, who has taken the company to new heights – including, most recently, building a 30-foot rabbit head towering over Las Vegas …

News : Family Business Network

Family businesses can often be thought of as solid and staid, not taking many risks and tied to age-old and sometimes outdated traditions. Not so, argues Albert Jan Thomassen – family businesses today are modern, proactive, diverse and up for new challenges

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