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October 15, 2008

Caroline Neville is a woman credited with inventing fashion PR more than 45 years ago. Today her son and daughter are leading the charge in continuing the growth of the company she founded writes Claire Adler

There can't be many family businesses whose office dog has appeared in a fashion shoot on the pages of Glamour magazine. Or where the office manager is the founding family's re-trained childhood nanny.

Neville McCarthy Associates' current and former client list encompasses the worlds of lifestyle, luxury, beauty, wellbeing and food and drink.

October 6, 2008

New York offers the best of classical music, opera, and ballet in the US writes Bruce Love. So it’s little wonder that patronage in the Big Apple has become the elite’s favourite pastime

When the New York Philharmonic revealed its schedule for this year's Asian tour, writes Bruce Love, one date in particular caused worldwide diplomatic debate: Pyongyang.

The appearance marked the largest contingent of Americans to set foot in the totalitarian country since the Korean War and included musicians, journalists, and patrons who paid $100,000 per couple to make the trip.

October 6, 2008

Private family offices are increasingly being called upon to manage tangible personal property and art collecting has come to be viewed as a legitimate asset diversification strategy.

Private family offices are increasingly being called upon to manage tangible personal property and art collecting has come to be viewed as a legitimate asset diversification strategy writes Suzy Peterfriend Ross. Certain categories, contemporary art in particular, are currently outperforming other more traditional investment options.

October 6, 2008

Today’s watch collectors range from Wall Street hedgies to European royalty. So just how easy is it to start a collection?

At a Christie's watch auction in Geneva recently, writes Claire Adler, a young boy in the back row, aged around 14, raised his paddle. He was accompanied by a woman who appeared to be his mother.

The auctioneer at the sale – Christie's head of watches, Aurel Bacs – could not make out the bidder clearly, but assumed the mother had instructed her son to bid on her behalf. It later turned out that the boy was buying a watch from his own savings.

October 6, 2008

How do you navigate the choppy waters of the superyacht industry? Laurent Perignon gives you the inside track on finding the best yacht for you

Superyachts are more expensive than a piece of jewelry and most pieces of art or real estate writes Laurent Perignon, but the subject of costs and how the luxury yacht industry operates has long been kept a secret – a virtually taboo subject to discuss.

More often than not, even for those in the know, the industry is like a lifestyle seen from the distance, like a yacht on the horizon. Yet it is changing, and here are some of the keys to understanding how it works.

September 24, 2008

The Holiday Inn hotel chain’s founding family has joined forces with InterContinental Hotels Group, the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms.

The Holiday Inn hotel chain's founding family has joined forces with InterContinental Hotels Group, the world's largest hotel group by number of rooms.

Kemmons Wilson changed the traditional family vacation when he created the Holiday Inn hotel brand in 1952. Today his descendents – who own Orange Lake Resorts, a network of over 2,400 timeshare properties – have teamed up with IHG to create a new timeshare brand.

September 19, 2008

The West may be in the grip of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of 1929, but in the Middle East families are on something of a spending frenzy.

The West may be in the grip of the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of 1929, but in the Middle East families are on something of a spending frenzy.

After the Abu Dhabi royal family became the latest high profile investor in English football with their purchase of Manchester City at the beginning of September, another unnamed family from the region has taken a major stake in a new private jet business.

September 1, 2008

The Barrymore family has been acting for centuries. Graham Flashner charts the highs and lows of the glittering dynasty

The Barrymore family has been acting for centuries. Graham Flashner charts the highs and lows of the glittering dynasty

Acting may be a more respected profession than it was 200 years ago, but most parents wouldn't wish it as a career for their children. Unless, of course, the parents are actors themselves. Angelina Jolie, Charlie Sheen, Keifer Sutherland and Kate Hudson are just a few of the many Hollywood offspring of famous actors.

September 1, 2008

From a hotel manager penning personal notes to clients to a cabaret performer spying for the British and diamond pebble massages, Claire Adler speaks to families who own some of the world’s most sumptuous spas

From a hotel manager penning personal notes to clients to a cabaret performer spying for the British and diamond pebble massages, Claire Adler speaks to families who own some of the world's most sumptuous spas

When Andrea Scherz was five or six, Liz Taylor and Richard Burton were regular visitors to his parents' hotel, the Gstaad Palace in the heart of the Swiss Alps. "I didn't enjoy meeting Liz Taylor," remembers Scherz, 38, now the hotel and spa's owner and general manager.

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