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June 24, 2019

Most families fight a losing battle to sustain wealth past their third generation. Alison Ebbage asks four experts what families can do to avoid becoming another statistic

The Gilded Age was a defining period of massive economic growth in the United States during the late 19th century. It fuelled a period of extraordinary wealth generation for some of the young nation’s wealthiest families, a period that was tinged with the darker shadow of inequality.

June 3, 2019

As operating environments become increasingly competitive and complex, the family office of the future will need to become savvier about their investment strategies while tackling challenges such as cybersecurity and succession, experts say. The ones that do not risk sleepwalking into disaster.

Early in 2019, a 20-year-old German man admitted to police that he was behind one of the country’s biggest data breaches where hundreds of documents containing private information of a thousand public figures were leaked online.

May 27, 2019

Family offices are standing on the precipice of a multi-trillion dollar transfer of wealth between generations, yet succession planning among family offices is moving at a glacial pace. What are the barriers to planning? And what should families be doing now?

The cautionary tale of India’s Ambani family should be enough to scare any patriarch or matriarch into succession action. The sudden death of Reliance founder Dhirubhai Ambani, aged 69, in 2002 sparked an acrimonious battle between his two billionaire sons, Mukesh and Anil, leading to the brothers splitting up the family business in a deal mediated by their mother. Today relations are civil, but the businesses they inherited have had very different outcomes.

April 22, 2019

London-based fourth-generation family office J Leon Group has overhauled its giving in the last decade. Paddy Walker, managing director, spoke to Alexandra Newlove about how the diverse giving portfolio—from stopping killer robots to challenging hate speech—has brought the family closer

The 18 charities supported by J Leon may seem disparate at first glance. But drill down a little and you find they align under five key areas informed by the family’s history, passion, and expertise.

In the noughties, Paddy Walker and Tania Slowe, joint managing directors and husband-wife team, executed two buy-backs, taking the number of shareholders from 140 to fewer than 20.

It was this, Walker says, which spurred the family to reassess its giving, as the family felt closer and it became easier to communicate.

April 15, 2019

A trio of international family business academics reveal how a modest German pharmacy has evolved into a successful 12-generation dynasty complete with its own family university

A remarkable 350 years of steady growth and transformation—that’s what the German pharmaceuticals and chemicals company Merck has achieved since it opened its first pharmacy in Darmstadt, near Frankfurt, in 1668.

February 26, 2019

Succession is one of the most widely-discussed issues in the family business realm, but it is still relatively newsworthy when a daughter—rather than a son—takes the reins. Alexandra Newlove explores the upsurge in women inheriting ownership and management

For more than half a century, 80-year-old Marchese Piero Antinori has been a driving force behind one of the world’s oldest family businesses—Italy’s Marchesi Antinori.

But the 26-generation wine dynasty nearly slipped out of family control in the 1980s, partly due to the fact that the Marchese had three daughters and no sons, and thus assumed he had no successor.

February 25, 2019

Hospitality is second nature to Lydia Forte, the award-winning hotel heiress who is taking her family business into the 21st century, as she explains to James Beech

Only 24 hours before Lydia Forte graciously accepted the CampdenFB Top Family Business Rising Star award on stage at the European Families in Business Awards in Madrid, she had put the finishing touches to her family’s new £3 million ($3.9 million) refurbishment in Edinburgh.

“I was at our Balmoral Hotel (pictured) where we had the first day of opening to the public of our new restaurant, which has been a long time in the making,” explains Forte, the group director of food and beverage at Rocco Forte Hotels. 

February 12, 2019

You can’t choose your family, but you can choose who runs your business. Alexandra Newlove talks to a range of experts about bringing in outside help

In 2006, as Ford Motor Company headed towards a $12.7 billion loss, the worst in the company’s 103-year history, Bill Ford, chief executive and great-grandson of the legendary Henry Ford, realised he needed help.

In an email to staff, Ford introduced his new top man: former Boeing transformation master Alan Mulally, who over the next eight years executed a revitalisation which saw the automaker’s stock appreciate more than 1000% from recession lows, and Mulally remembered as one of the all-time great business leaders.

February 5, 2019

With industrial and consumer uptake growing exponentially, the Internet of Things is disrupting the way businesses operate. Scott McCulloch explores the implications for family firms

With industrial and consumer uptake growing exponentially, the Internet of Things is disrupting the way businesses operate. Scott McCulloch explores the implications for family firms

Think of the billions of physical devices connected to the internet, devices that collect and share data, and you get a sense of the Internet of Things (IoT).

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